Kiran Bedi backs protesting Delhi cops

Kiran Bedi backs protesting Delhi cops
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Puducherry Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Kiran Bedi on Wednesday posted on Twitter backing Delhi police personnel in the recent clash between lawyers and police in the national capital.

Puducherry Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Kiran Bedi on Wednesday posted on Twitter backing Delhi police personnel in the recent clash between lawyers and police in the national capital.

The police personnel kept taking the revolutionary leader's name in their protests. In response, Bedi said, "Leadership is a 'Character' that takes responsibility and takes tough decisions. It is a 'life' of 'doing'... Tough times go, Memories of Tough Acts Remain."

Kiran Bedi's tweet, although slightly cryptic, seems to be in support of the protesting Delhi police personnel. They said no action was taken by their seniors after some of their colleagues were assaulted by lawyers at Tis Hazari court on Saturday and outside Saket court on Monday.

"Whoever and wherever we are. We need a major shift in our emphasis in this regard. When we all exercise our responsibility of being law-abiding there is no conflict," Kiran Bedi said.

Thousands of protesting cops called off the agitation on Tuesday. However, over 10,000 police personnel staged an unprecedented protest outside their own headquarters in Delhi's ITO because no action was taken by Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik to protect their rights. Patnaik tried convincing the cops to call off the protest but he was booed.

Many police personnel chanted slogans praising Kiran Bedi, who had been very popular when she was served as an IPS officer in Delhi. Cops held posters of the former Delhi DCP (Traffic) and repeatedly raised the slogan 'Police commissioner Kaisa ho, Kiran Bedi jaisa ho (What should the police commissioner be like? He should be like Kiran Bedi)'.

Yesterday's indicates a disconnect between senior and lower-ranking officers of the Delhi Police.

"We are being beaten up but our senior officials and commissioners are acting as mute spectators. We are not wearing this uniform to get assaulted every day," a protesting cop said.

A Supreme Court lawyer has served a legal notice to Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik for "not taking action against the Delhi Police Force personnel, who actively participated in yesterday's demonstration in front of the headquarters."

The Delhi Police has also submitted a report to the Union Home Ministry on the violence that broke out between lawyers and cops at the Tis Hazari Court Complex on Saturday. At least 20 security personnel and several advocates were injured in the clash.

A home ministry official told news agency PTI that "It does not cover what happened after Saturday, including an incident on Monday in which a video shows a group of lawyers purportedly assaulting a policeman outside the Saket court."

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