The Delhi Police today informed that the policemen in the images were from one part of Delhi and they took the initiative on their own.
After pictures of policemen armed with metal lances and arm guards went viral yesterday, Delhi Police have not only put out a disclaimer but also asked those behind the images to explain, NDTV reported.
The Delhi Police today informed that the policemen in the images were from one part of Delhi and they took the initiative on their own, also denying any formal order issued by them to incorporate new metal armoury. According to sources, the unit from Shahadara that wore the metal armour, has been asked for an explanation.
A Delhi Police spokesman said: “The images were from Shahdara district. A local officer asked for these metal lathis without seeking approval from any senior officers.”
“As soon as senior officers found out, these were taken back. There is no scheme to provide policemen with steel lathis.”
This development came after a policeman was injured last week by a sword during a fight at the Singhu border outside Delhi between protesting farmers and a group of people that uprooted the tents built by farmers and attacked them.
A protestor was seen brandishing a sword and attacking the group. Police officer Pradeep Paliwal, who tried to break up the fight, was “grievously injured”, according to Delhi Police. Visuals displayed Delhi police taking away the blood-stained weapon while the protestor was nabbed by a group of policemen.