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Three policemen suspended over Ramjas violence

New Delhi, Feb 23: Delhi Police on Thursday suspended three policemen on charges of assaulting some students and jourlists when two student groups clashed at the Ramjas College here a day earlier.

“We have suspended two Head Constables and a Constable for assualting students and media persons,” Joint Commissioner Dependra Pathak told IANS.

The suspension came after Special Commissioner of Police S.B.K. Singh addressed hundreds of students protesting outside the police headquarters here and promised action against his guilty colleagues.

Singh, the senior most officer in charge of the area in North Campus of Delhi University where the violence occurred on Wednesday, said he was not aware who ordered baton charge at the campus during the clashes between activists of the Leftist All India Students Association (AISA) and the RSS-affiliated Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

The officer regretted the attack on jourlists and students and promised a “fair probe” by the Crime Branch to “punish the guilty”.

“I have asked jourlists to give me video footage of the lathi-charge,” he said.

Singh also said that a desk would be set up to receive complaints and the video footage of Wednesday’s incident.

After the officer spoke, students and teachers called off the protest outside the police headquarters which caused traffic srls for hours in one of the busiest parts of the capital. But AISA said it was not satisfied with the police assurance. Its leader Kawalpreet Kaur regretted the delay in registering a case of violence against ABVP activists.

“We met the Joint Commissioner who shamefully denied us our right to get the FIR filed (against ABVP) and told us to be satisfied with the police version,” Kaur said. (IANS)

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