Learning a lesson from the Nathupur violence, police have now, formed new guidelines for future demolition drives. Also, Police has asked MCG to keep them informed about the ground situation, provide specific details about the locality, etc before carrying out demolition.
Praveen Kumar, MCG Commissioner, with senior colleagues, went to the riot hit region to provide relief material to the victims of the slum fire which occurred a day before. After reching the spot, he noticed that a building was being constructed illegally and soon after proper verification, he ordered demolition of the building.
Few policemen, with no women cops, were asked to reach the spot and the demolition work was started by the evening. Cops said that the crowd had started gathering around the building and was waiting for it to get dark so as to pelt stones at the authorities.
The MCG officials have a completely different story to tell. According to the MCG officials, police were the first ones to run away when mob started pelting stones at them. An MCG official said, ?We had nowhere to go. Instead of protecting us, cops literally ran for their lives. Over a dozen of us were injured. We somehow tried to escape by pleading for mercy and hiding wherever we found shelter.? in their defence, cops said that they were not expecting such a large scale violence and blamed the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon for ordering ?on the spot demolition?.
A policeman said, ?It was already getting dark and there was no urgency to demolish the building a night after so many people lost their houses due to fire. It could have been done on the next day. We have asked the MCG to inform us at least 10-15 days in advance about any such drive in future. In case of emergency, senior officials needs to coordinate with us.?
After such strong allegations, MCG has to look for ways out of the troubles, knowingly or unknowingly caused by their officials.
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