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Police action draws flak

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NEW DELHI, FEB.19. The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary, Ajit Chadha, today strongly condemned the Delhi police's "indifferent attitude'' during the visit of the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, to the Singhu border in North-West Delhi on Wednesday. He demanded strong action against the police officer who had made some uncharitable remarks against the Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, on the occasion.

Accusing the police of harassing the common man and driving away children, aged men and women by not allowing them to attend the function despite having valid invitation cards, Mr. Chadha charged that the Delhi police had acted in the past in a similar manner and tried to sabotage the functions and rallies of Ms. Gandhi. He said it was a clear attempt by the police, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Central Government, to derail the function of the Congress president. "The Delhi police, it seems, had clear instructions to create chaos and confusion in the function and they conducted themselves to the task in the most efficient and effective manner,'' he remarked.

Mr. Chadha said in the earlier functions and rallies of Ms. Gandhi, the common man and the media had faced harassment and at times were prevented from attending the same in the name of security. He specifically condemned the conduct of the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Rakesh Kumar Bansal, and blasted him for making certain "unkind and uncharitable'' remarks against the Chief Minister.

Demanding strong action against the police official, Mr. Chadha said the appropriate authority should order an independent inquiry and the guilty should be punished. He asserted that such action would not deter the Congress party and the Sheila Dikshit Government from going ahead to expose the anti-people and anti-poor propaganda of the NDA Government at the Centre.

At the same time, he feared that such attempts could take an ugly turn in the coming days in view of the election campaign picking up for the Lok Sabha polls and there might be attempts to disrupt the rallies of the Congress President in the Capital.

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