A day after his men brutally thrashed students, peacefully protesting against the death of the Dalit scholar Rohit Vemula, the Delhi Police Commissioner, BS Bassi, has stoked fresh controversy by indirectly defending the brutality of his forces.
His tweet posted on Tuesday morning has evoked angry reactions from the twitter users.
His tweet said, “Right to protest coexists with whatJustice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr said -The right to swing my fist ends where the other man’s nose begins.”
Right to protest coexists with whatJustice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr said -The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins.
— BS Bassi (@BhimBassi) February 2, 2016
His tweet came a day after he post on the microblogging site had said that the Delhi police would respect free speech as long as long the peaceful assemblies didn’t take place outside Jantar Mantar.
His that statement was also viewed as a sign of utter arrogance of the city’s top cop, who should have been pulling up his forces for the utter brutality against unarmed and peaceful protesters.
Bassi came for scathing attack for his ‘arrogance’ and ‘insensitivity’ when he told a channel that he had not seen the footage of his force’s brutality even hours after the video had truly gone viral.
This is how twitter users have reacted to his latest statement perceived to be smacking of visible arrogance, which is bereft of any remorse for what the men in uniform did on Monday.
Bassi said on ndtv he didn't get time the entire day to watch the footage. Shows his insensitivity, his arrogance, his oppressive character
— Ashish Khetan (@AashishKhetan) February 1, 2016
Only civilian swinging fists was the man in the blue jacket beating protestors,sirji,while Delhi's finest looked on. https://t.co/22LgHBrmOY
— Krishan Partap Singh (@RaisinaSeries) February 2, 2016
Whatever the pol lineage or loyalty the sight of cops going brutal is reason enough why bassi should be facing the heat
— pallavi ghosh (@_pallavighosh) February 1, 2016
Sorry Commissioner Bassi, we are disappointed.
And concerned for our democratic values.
— atiya zaidi (@atiyaz) February 1, 2016
A man like B S Bassi who is working as CP of Delhi police had no time watch footage. Isn't it time to sack this man and throw him out?
— ASHUTOSH MISHRA (@ashu3page) February 1, 2016
If one assumes that an organization puts its better faces on air during a crisis the RSS is such deep trouble.. & the police too in Bassi
— Abhinandan Sekhri (@AbhinandanSekhr) February 1, 2016