For Delhi Police, the free-hand must end

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While the police enjoy its freedom in the national capital, the free-hand needs to be curtailed and reasonable restrictions must be placed.

Months after the Delhi Police took to streets and expressed their freedom of speech and assembly against lawyers, the same force hurled blows, launched tear gas shells and fired bullet rounds, at the receiving end were students of Jamia Milia Islamia University. The students were protesting against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act and utilising their rights guaranteed by the Constitution. But then again, who cares about the Constitution lately! 

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The Delhi Police, possessed by frustration (poor working hours), anger (delayed reforms in salary, working conditions), and orders from the top left carnage in its path as black smoke emanating from DTC buses took over the area, and a part of the national capital went on lockdown. 

While the police enjoy its freedom in the national capital, owing to its bosses in the Home Ministry, the free-hand needs to be curtailed. For a force, which is entrusted with the job of saving the people, the scenes outside Jamia say otherwise. At a time when the Indian Police Force is already struggling to maintain its identity as an honest, diligent and integral entity of internal security apparatus, the brutal crackdown on unarmed students, innocent teachers, and dedicated media persons shows the vulnerability of the forces in digesting freedom of others. 

The Delhi Police entered the Jamia University “forcefully” and began an “assault” inside the campus in a bid to suppress the students standing up against the Centre over the act. Instead, in their own wrecking nature, they strengthened the movement, making it nationwide. 

The damage done by the crackdown will have a long-lasting impact not only on students, faculty and their families but especially on those parents aspiring to send their kids to Delhi to pursue better education, new opportunities and a better life.  The Delhi Police has not only damaged the reputation of the force but the capital. Above all this force has damaged the trust and the spirit of justice, which is key when it comes to policing and bringing about a change.