Delhi Police have spoken up about the metal lathis. After photos emerged yesterday of policemen armed with metal lances and arm guards, apparently to ward against swords seen during farmer protests, the Delhi Police have put out a disclaimer and have also asked those behind the images to explain.
The policeman in the images were from one part of Delhi and they took the initiative on their own, the Delhi Police said today, denying any formal orders to incorporate new metal armoury. The unit, which is from Shahdara in east Delhi, has been asked for an explanation, according to sources.
The spokesman of Delhi Police 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.”
Last week, a cop was injured by a sword during a fight at the Singhu border between protesting farmers and a group that has barged into their tent and attacked them. The grave vandalized tents put by farmers protesting since November-end against three central farm laws.
A protestor armed with a sword was seen attacking the group, and police officer Pradeep Paliwal, who tried to break up the fight, was “grievously injured”, according to Delhi Police. Visuals showed the police taking away the blood-stained weapon.
Swords were also seen last Tuesday when the farmers’ Republic Day tractor rally descended into chaos as protestors clashed with cops at various points in Delhi and stormed the historic Red Fort.