'Delhi Police will deal with Anna's agitation'
With Anna Hazare threatening to renew his protest on Lokpal, the Centre today defended the handling of the Gandhian's agitation four months ago and stressed that any future stir will also be "dealt" by the Delhi Police.delhi Updated: Dec 01, 2011 20:44 IST
With Anna Hazare threatening to renew his protest on Lokpal, the Centre today defended the handling of the Gandhian's agitation four months ago and stressed that any future stir will also be "dealt" by the Delhi Police.
Stressing that the government was never in a "tizzy" during the Ramlila Maidan protest, union home secretary RK Singh said both the agitations of yoga guru Ramdev and Anna Hazare were handled "very well" with the "best available option and judgement" and justified the arrest of the Gandhian.
"I do not agree with the people who said he (Hazare) should never have been sent to jail. Absolutely no question. Had I been in the place of (Delhi) Police commissioner, I would have done exactly what he did," he said at a press conference.
Singh was responding to a question on whether the central government considered the handling of the protests by Anna Hazare and Ramdev a few months ago as a success or a failure.
Asked how the government intends to deal with any future agitation by Hazare, Singh said, "The matter will be dealt by Delhi Police and the commissioner of Police who is in-charge of the law and order. It will be dealt according to the best judgement and I have fullest confidence on their judgement."
Singh said the government does not handle any law and order situation by taking public opinion but by the best available option at that particular time and best judgement.
"I think both the agitations were handled very well. The government was never in a tizzy. There was no question of government being in a tizzy."
Singh said, "Of course, many people had expressed the view that X should not have been put in jail or Y should not have been put in jail. I think if you go by a poll and ask different people what we should have done, you will never be able to handle any law and order (situation).
"We do not handle law and order that way. We never have handled law and order that way. You handle law and order according to the best of your judgement and what you think best at that point of time."
There has been criticism of the government handling of the agitation of Baba Ramdev against blackmoney in April and fast by Anna Hazare demanding a Jan Lokpal Bill in August.
Hazare has announced he will relaunch his agitation from December 27 if a strong Lokpal bill is not passed in the ongoing Parliament session.