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Farmers’ protest: Delhi Police seen in metal armour, people seek explanation

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Following the Republic day violence, and many other clashes breaking out recently at nearby Delhi borders between agitating farmers and cops, the latter seems more prepared than before with their metal armour and lathis, what is suggested by a photo trending on internet.

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The photos that surfaced yesterday of policemen armed with metal lances and arm guards were apparently linked with recent events of clashes, where farmers were seen using swords and inflicting injuries to police officials.

Where people asked for a better explanation to this new armour of Delhi Police, the officers, however, seemed in denial mode alleging that they took the initiative on their own, as there are no formal orders to incorporate new metal armoury. The pic was reportedly from Delhi’s Shahdara district.

“The images were from Shahdara district. A local officer asked for these metal lathis without seeking approval from any senior officers,” said a Delhi Police spokesman adding that the unit has also been asked for an explanation.

“As soon as senior officers found out, these were taken back. There is no scheme to provide policemen with steel lathis.”

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Last week, a cop was injured by a sword during a clash at the Singhu border outside Delhi between protesting farmers and a group of local residents that had barged into their tent and attacked them.

The police officer Pradeep Paliwal had sustained serious injuries as a protester armed with a sword had attacked him while he was trying to break up the fight, according to Delhi Police. The visuals of the same showed the police taking away the blood-stained weapon.

Furthermore, swords were also seen on January 26/Republic Day tractor rally which descended into chaos as protesters clashed with cops at several places and stormed the historic Red Fort.

Meanwhile, this new trending photo of guarded police personnel showed a group of cops standing by the side of a road, equipped with metal guards covering their forearm and holding metal lances with a wide ‘guard’ around the grip to apparently ward against swords seen during clashes. However, as soon as the photo went viral, the Delhi police denied of resorting to such armoury and said that no formal order to equip their forces with these weapons have been made yet.

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