Clash between cops, Dhanas residents: Who is to blame - Administration or police?

  • Gurpreet Singh Chhina, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 02, 2015 10:34 IST

Questions are being raised on the administration’s failure to prevent the protest carried out by residents of Kachi Colony outside the deputy commissioner’s office complex in Sector 17 from turning violent on Monday.

Sources said it seemed the intelligence inputs given by the local police station to the higher authorities about expected violence were not taken seriously by the administration.

This allowed the slum dwellers, who were protesting against the planned demolition drive on Tuesday, to gather at the spot in large numbers, they said.

Talking about the procedure adopted before carrying out any demolition drive, a senior police official said the UT police prepared an assessment report based on inputs from its intelligence wing and the police station under the jurisdiction of which the affected area fell. This report was forwarded to the UT administration to take the final call on the issue, he said.

The official said that they had submitted a video to the UT administration that showed mushrooming of shanties in the area. The police, he said, had alerted the administration that it would be difficult to carry out the drive there, but the administration did not take the issue seriously, leading to a violent protest. Another cop of the Sector 11 police station said that during a meeting with the administrative officials a week ago, the cops concerned had informed the UT officials bout the possibility of violence at the time of the demolition drive.

“It seems, the administration did not give any heed to this input,” said the police official.

A police official said cops could not take any action against slum dwellers unless they took law in their hands and it was the administration’s prerogative to take a decision on the issue.


UT deputy commissioner SB Deepak Kumar did not respond to repeated calls made to him to know as to why the UT administration did not act on the assessment report submitted by the police.

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