Recently senior Congress leader Manoj Tiwari said on Times Now, “Police is ill-trained that’s why the crackdown at Ramlila Maidan was so brutal.”
Even the other leaders from government, said sources, was trying to make the police a scapegoat, holding it responsible for the incident while commissioner of police B K Gupta is said to have conveyed to the home ministry that “he did his best to handle the situation”.
The friction between the home ministry and Delhi Police came to the fore in a series of meetings in the past two days and also when Delhi Police filed a ‘preliminary report’ with the ministry giving details of the incident. Sources said Delhi Police have claimed in the report that “they had to use teargas shells as people had turned violent”.
Sources said the home ministry has lashed out at Delhi Police for “being aggressive” despite the government just asking for “removing the supporters” from the ground but commissioner Gupta has justified the action citing serious the law and order situation. Sources said the home ministry has questioned the ‘timing’ of Delhi Police’s operation which happened in the dead of night when supporters were sleeping and when supporters turned violent, “what made Delhi Police to use teargas shells after surrounding the area when there were women and children”. An official said, “The supporters could have been removed on Saturday evening when speeches were over and police could have removed people in batches”.