Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that he will explore legal options on the role of the Delhi Police after the Sunday’s inauguration of Signature Bridge was marred by violence.
Taking to Twitter, Kejriwal said, “What happened today is pretty serious. Delhi police virtually handed over the CM, the ministers and the entire Del govt program in the hands of hooligans. Can Delhi police be entrusted with the security of Delhi govt and its functionaries? Delhi govt will explore legal options.”
What happened today is pretty serious. Delhi police virtually handed over the CM, the ministers and the entire Del govt program in the hands of hooligans. Can Delhi police be entrusted with the security of Delhi govt and its functionaries? Delhi govt will explore legal options https://t.co/wPW8bozUv7
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 4, 2018
The venue of the inauguration had turned into a battlefield after BJP’s Delhi unit president and MP, Manoj Tiwari, had arrived at at the stage even though he was not invited to attend the function. In the viral video, he was seen punching and slapping a police officer. Other video had shown his supporters throw bottles at the stage.
Later, AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan was seen pushing Tiwari off the stage. Cops present had shown alertness to protect Tiwari from falling.
More shocking videos from Signature bridge chaos : bottles were thrown on Delhi CM during the function in presence of Delhi police. It could have been anything in the bottle. Serious breach of security of elected CM. pic.twitter.com/OOJa3RVy7N
— ASHUTOSH MISHRA (@ashu3page) November 4, 2018
The Delhi Police had later said that the function was held smoothly ‘without any disturbance’ adding that ‘though there was slogan shouting, the police segregated the groups and did not allow any clash or violence to take place.’ Tiwari too said that he planned to file an FIR against Khan.
Meanwhile, Kejriwal tweeted accusing Delhi’s media to be in the ‘grip’ of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He asked, “Is Delhi media completely in Modi’s grip?” He singled out Times of India and Hindustan Times and asked if they were ‘afraid’ to write that a police officer was assault. He asked, “TOI afraid of writing that a police officer was assaulted and bottles thrown on stage when CM was speaking? Whats the pressure TOI?” His subsequent tweet read, “Why does HT lack courage to write that a police officer was assaulted and bottles thrown on stage when CM was speaking? Is such behaviour Ok HT?”