New Delhi, Jan. 20: Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal accuses ACP B.S. Jakhar of protecting guilty subordinates and wants him to be suspended.
Today, it fell upon the same assistant commissioner of police to protect the chief minister when he wanted to relieve himself.
Jakhar, along with others from the police force, was quick to form a security ring around Kejriwal when the chief minister stood up from his makeshift stage to answer nature’s call.
With no facility for toilets at the protest site, Kejriwal walked five times through jostling camera persons to the nearby Rail Bhavan to use the toilet there.
Jakhar is among the five police officers for whose suspension Kejriwal is squatting near Rail Bhavan.
“Many of the protesters, including the chief minister, have escaped this irony. These protesters are abusing us as they have the backing of Kejriwal Sir. We are only mute spectators to and victims of the drama being played here,” said a senior police officer who was asking his subordinates not to react to provocation from Aam Aadmi Party volunteers.
A diabetic, the chief minister took frequent toilet breaks today. Soon after his fiery speech, he headed to the toilet but his supporters became restless as they thought that police were whisking him away.
His colleague Manish Sisodia had to announce: “No one is taking Arvind away. He is not leaving the site, he will be back soon.”
Kejriwal looked uncomfortable every time policemen as well as media persons followed him. “His party leaders should have thought about the lack of public toilets in the area before sitting on dharna here. Where will he go at night as the Rail Bhavan and other nearby government offices will close after 6pm?” asked a railway employee.
Late tonight, Kejriwal went to the Press Club of India and used the toilet there.
Last week, Kejriwal and his cabinet colleague Sisodia called Delhi police “highly compromised” and demanded the suspension of the five officers (see chart). The two ACPs, he said, tried to protect the “guilty” SHOs.
Senior police officers said instead of demanding suspension of the cops, Kejriwal should take immediate action against his law minister, Somnath Bharti, for the illegal midnight swoop on some African women after accusing them of drug peddling and prostitution.
A court had ordered registration of an FIR on Sunday against unknown persons in connection with the midnight raid.
“Look, Bharti is sitting with Kejriwal on the stage. We could have arrested him as he is the main accused but this could have led to serious law-and-order problem. There is no question of suspending our men now as this will give a wrong signal to the force. A retired judge is already investigating the case and action will follow if he finds fault with our men,” a senior IPS officer said.
Deputy commissioner S.B.S. Tyagi said the chief minister was requested to protest at Jantar Mantar but he declined.
Around 2,000 policemen had a tough time controlling the 1,000-strong protesters who scuffled with the men in uniform on several occasions.
Commuters had a harrowing time. “He calls himself a common-man chief minister but is causing inconvenience to thousand of commuters through his protest here,” said Anurag Gambhir, a businessman who got stuck for more than an hour while on his way to North Block.