Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s alleged use of a derogatory term to describe the Capital’s policemen has not gone down well with their counterparts in neighbouring Ghaziabad.
The district’s police chief told HT on Tuesday that he had asked his men to use the word “thulla”, slang for a policeman, to address each other in a satirical way as symbolic protest against the comment.
“The word has also hurt our sentiments, being policemen. Police is an organisation which cannot express dissatisfaction by staging protests or dharna (sit-in), etc. So, we have asked our men not to feel discouraged, but address each other with the term ‘thulla’,” senior superintendent of police Dharmendra Singh said. “We told them to take the word in their stride and not feel let down.”
At least two Delhi Police constables lodged complaints of criminal defamation against Kejriwal as the chief minister came under fire after he allegedly labelled the city's policemen with the controversial term in an interview with a TV channel last week.
“A case can be lodged by the anti-corruption branch (that reports to the Delhi government) against anyone for being involved in corrupt practices. But...you can't lodge a case against members of the Delhi Police. If a ‘thulla’ of Delhi Police asks a roadside vendor for money, a case cannot be registered against him, this is not acceptable,” he purportedly said.
The fresh row came against the backdrop of a raging turf war between the Delhi government and the Centre, to which the city’s police department reports, with frequent fracas over law and order issues.
Deputy police commissioner from North Delhi, Madhur Verma, took to social media on Monday to hit out at Kejriwal.
“One of our so called 'Thu**a' who rescued 4-yr-old Khushbu from Kamla Nagar & reunited with her mother!!” he tweeted, along with a picture of the policeman and the relieved family.
One of our so called 'Thu**a' who rescued 4 yr old Khushbu from Kamla Nagar & reunited with her mother!! pic.twitter.com/mad7fBnjJ2— Madhur Verma (@DCP_North_Delhi) July 19, 2015