The scene at Kamla Market police station in central Delhi was quite different from daily routine on Sunday.
Sacred chants echoed inside the compound and all police officers were sitting with their guns downs as a hawan was held to thank the divine powers that helped the police in peacefully concluding the 11-day mammoth protest led by Anna Hazare at the Ramila Maidan.
Notably, officers of the same police station were under fire because of the barbaric crackdown they launched on Baba Ramdev and his supporters in June this year.
Minutes after Anna concluded his fast and left for Gurgaon on Sunday, three priests chanted hymns at an unhurried pace while the officers sat with their eyes closed in the courtyard of the police station. The deeply religious female station officer tried her best to concentrate on the hawan but her frequently ringing phone kept her close to work.
“It all ended well. We were apprehensive that it would end up like Ramdev’s fast in June. It's a great relief for all of us. Handling thousands of volatile protesters was not easy. This is one of the toughest police stations to manage as Ramlila Maidan, which hosts a number of rallies, falls in the territorial jurisdiction and it’s a communally vulnerable area,” said a senior police officer after the hawan ended.
“It was the devotional spirit that guided police in managing the protest of this magnitude. No one got hurt and they all maintained their cool. We dedicated a special hymn to Ramlila Maidan and Anna’s fast,” said Pandit Vikas Navani, the priest who conducted the hawan.
After the hawan got over, an aarti was also performed inside the police station and holy water was sprinkled in the compound. Spouses and kids of police officers also took part in the
religious function. Fruits and sweets were distributed, followed by a lunch. The ceremony was video recorded by the police.
The protest had kept Delhi Police on its toes. “We sought divine intervention before Anna Hazare began his fast at Ramlila Maidan.
And finally it’s over. All’s well that ends well,” added the senior police officer.