17 Jun 2023

Madhya Pradesh: 2 Police Officers Shifted A Day After Lathi Charge On Bajrang Dal Activists In Indore

Two police officers, have been removed from their field postings within 24 hours of the lathi-charge on Bajrang Dal workers protesting in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

Bajrang Dal activists were demonstrating against the alleged illegal drug mafia at Indore's busy Palasia Chowk on Thursday night.

BJP and Vishwa Hindu Parishad had expressed strong objection to the police action, after which DCP Dharmendra Singh Bhadoria and another officer have been removed from field posting.

Police lathi-charged a group of Bajrang Dal activists and arrested 11 of them when they held a sit-in protest over registration of “false” cases against the outfit's members for complaining against those involved in illegal drug trade, Bhadoria had said earlier.

Cong also raised question on lathi-charge

Along with the BJP, the opposition Congress had raised questions on the lathi-charge by the police. The state government has also started an investigation in this matter.

Police Commissioner Markrand Deoskar said that DCP Dharmend Singh Bhadoria has been relieved from the present post and has now been appointed as Commandant at Rustomji Armed Police Training College. On the other hand, police officer Sanjay Singh Bains, who was the officer-in-charge of Palasia police station, has now been appointed in the police line.

Bajrang Dal activists were demonstrating at Palasia Chowk in Indore on Thursday night, leading to a traffic jam on this busy road. The police lathi-charged to remove the people from there.

'Bajrang Dal members had gathered to protest without permission' 

Dharmendra Singh Bhadoria said that these people had gathered here to protest without permission and because of this the common people were facing trouble. When these people did not leave even after several requests, the police had to use mild force.

The video of this incident went viral on social media. When the matter escalated, Home Minister Narottam Mishra ordered an inquiry.

BJP state president VD Sharma criticized the incident and said, "If our Bajrang Dal workers are raising their demands they should not have been brutally beaten up." 

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