Rape protest: Delhi Police apologize
Even as a police constable injured in controlling a mob at India Gate on Sunday died from his wounds, Delhi Police formally said they were sorry for the injury to civilians on a protest mode against the gangrape and brutalization of a medical student on a moving bus this month.
"We sincerely regret if any innocent protester was hurt or lathi-charged and apologise," said Delhi Police by a post on their Twitter handle.
Police had come under sharp attack for the merciless baton charge, use of water cannons and teargas shells on protesters at India Gate though police alleged that rowdy elements had infiltrated the protest of commoners and tried to gain political mileage.
With the country seething in anger over the gangrape and brutalization of a 23-year-old woman who is fighting for life in a hospital, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has promised that he would make very effort to ensure safety and called the ire of the people as legitimate outpouring.
While about 140 people were wounded officially on Dec 23, police constable Subhash Chand Tomar was seriously wounded in the mob vs police clashes. He died on Tuesday.
Speculation was rife about "anti-social elements" hijacking the protest centred around the India Gate in central Delhi, pelting stones at the police, that apparently mandated them to charge batons, fire teargas shells and water cannons and bring in the Rapid Action Force.
The daylong violence at India Gate and crackdown on protesters led to demand for the resignation of Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar who however said he would not quit since he is not a "quitter".
Arson and destruction of public property and attack on policemen who fired teargas shells and used water cannons shifted much of the focus from the peaceful agitation earlier to a law and order crisis on Dec 23 as Delhi Police said hooligans are hijacking the agitation from people.