Will action be taken against policemen who blocked roads in Bangalore for hours?
news Sunday, June 08, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | May 29, 2014 | 9:30 AM IST Many citizens of Bangalore travelling on the Koramangala route in the city were stuck in traffic jams for hours on Wednesday. The block was created by none other than hundreds of policemen who had taken to the streets protesting action taken against P Ravindranath, ADGP of Karnataka State Reserve Police. Policemen belonging to the KSRP unit and their families blocked traffic, pelted stones and unleashed chaos- their demand was that a case filed against P Ravindranath for allegedly clicking pictures of a woman in a coffee shop should be taken back. Most of the policemen at the protest were drunk and shouted slogans even abusing senior police officers who they accuse were behind framing Ravindranath. The protests definitely seemed orchestrated, with reports even suggesting that Ravindranath had a meeting with the protesters in the afternoon. The protests started around 6.00 pm, and most of the policemen were in civilian clothes. They got out of their quarters in Madiwala blocking other roads and proceeding to protest. The protests went on till around 11.30 in the night. Tension prevailed as news trickled in around 10.00 pm that Ravindranath has been removed from the KSRP. Some of them even threw stones at a private bus and other police vehicles while others were damaging property. Meanwhile, ADGP Ravindranath added to the drama quotient and entered Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar‚Äôs office on Wednesday demanding his own arrest. Ravindranath was booked under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) on Monday night. When The News Minute contacted the Bangalore city Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar if action would be taken against those who caused inconvenience to citizens, he said it did not come under his jurisdiction as the KSRP had its own head. The News Minute then contacted N S Meghrik, the officer in charge of KSRP now. Meghrik said, "It was a law and order problem. The local police have to take action. KSRP merely deploys its officers when there is a need." With both the city police and KSRP unwilling to take action, what message does that send out to policemen who caused inconvenience to citizens?