If you think protests on streets just delay your appointments, consider this.
In 2009, they cost the Delhi administration Rs 10 crore.
The administration had to spend the amount to police around 5,000 protests, rallies and mass gatherings.
The administration had to press in one battalion (comprising 75 constables) every time there was a mass gathering on Tolstoy Marg.
The cost of keeping an eye over such demonstrations for three hours is Rs 15,000.
Tolstoy Marg is one of the busiest roads in the city and is also witness to all events like protests, demonstrations and rallies.
“Jantar Mantar is an official area for holding dharnas, demonstrations, etc. We get around four to five applications from people who want to hold a gathering every day,” said Additional Commissioner of Police (New Delhi District) Shankar Dash. “We have to provide security to all.”
Cops could get more The Glock pistol is one good example. Only some Delhi Police wings have this sophisticated and light handgun. Most area police personnel and beat officers use the old Browning 9 mm, which is heavy and carries fewer rounds than Glock pistol.
With Rs. 10 crore 4,000 such handguns could have been acquired at their market price.
Former police commissioner Ajay Raj Sharma thinks they are not an option.
“Police is provided so that the law and order situation is maintained. Protesting and holding gatherings is a constitutional right,” said Sharma.
“It is a strain on public money but we cannot stop people from exercising their rights,” he said.