A Delhi policeman was suspended on Thursday after a video showing him vandalising vegetable carts The video was shot on Wednesday in the Patel Nagar area of Central Delhi and was circulated on social media, according to the police.
In the video, the policeman can be seen overturning several carts of vegetable hawkers while scaring them with his baton. The carts were parked by the side of the road. Several people slammed the officer for taking action without any provocation.
पटेल नगर के नेहरू नगर में यह व्यक्ति खुले आम गरीब लोगों की रेहड़ी को पलट रहा है। हाथ मे डंडा लेकर घूम रहा है, दुकानदारों और सब्जी वालों की दुकानों बन्द करवा रहे है। जबकि मिनिस्ट्री के अनुसार फार्च्यून की दुकान और सब्जी की मंडी खुली रहेगी, सज्जन का नाम राजवीर है। #Lockdown21 pic.twitter.com/YlnED41ltz— priyanka singh (@singhpiya735) March 25, 2020
“The constable in the video has been identified as Rajbir Singh. We have suspended him immediately for going overboard and vandalizing the vegetable carts,” said Sanjay Bhatia, Deputy Commissioner of Central Delhi.
Police are keeping a close eye on the people violating the lockdown. However, in some instances cops have been misusing their powers.
Earlier on Monday, reports emerged of a senior journalist being attacked despite orders from the government that the media are allowed to move freely for reporting purposes. In India, there have been 13 deaths so far due to coronavirus.