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Auto driver chases policemen with sword, is beaten up in Mukherjee Nagar

Home ministry and Kejriwal call for probe

By The Telegraph in New Delhi
  • Published 17.06.19, 11:12 PM
  • Updated 17.06.19, 11:12 PM
  • a min read
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A clip of the video circulating on Twitter.

The violence between an auto driver and Delhi police personnel in Mukherjee Nagar on Sunday became a talking point on social media. 

Videos circulated on social media show policemen thrashing Sarabjit Singh, the driver of a Gramin Sewa scheme three-wheeler, after he pulled out a sword. Within hours of the incident, many took to Twitter to condemn the alleged police brutality.

Gramin Sewa autos part of the Delhi government's transit scheme in rural areas and unauthorised settlements. 

One video that has been doing the rounds shows the police personnel thrashing the man with sticks and dragging him on the road. In another video, the man is seen chasing the police with his sword.

A day later, on Monday, three police personnel were reportedly suspended on the charge of unprofessional conduct. The Union home ministry also sought a report from Delhi police commissioner Amulya Patnaik on the incident.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal condemned the violence and demanded an impartial probe into the entire incident.

Some justified the police reaction questioning the auto driver’s conduct.

Some regarded Kejriwal’s 'interference' as unnecessary.

Many went on to slam the instance as high-handedness of Delhi police and lauded the Aam Aadmi Party chief’s reaction on the issue.

Some people went to the police to protest but dispersed after being assured that a police case will be registered against the policemen who allegedly thrashed the driver.