Did Delhi Police ignore IB alert on AAP mob?
Central intelligence agencies had warned the Delhi Police that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was planning a protest outside the BJP headquarters at least 30 minutes before the action started, claimed home ministry sources. However, the police intervened only after violence erupted between AAP workers and BJP members.
The Central agencies had forwarded AAP’s text messages asking activists to demonstrate outside the BJP’s headquarters on Ashoka Road to seven top Delhi Police officers, said ministry sources. However, police sources denied receiving any such alert.
AAP organized the protest on Wednesday after its chief Arvind Kejriwal was briefly detained in Gujarat on for apparently violating the model code of conduct.
The home ministry is now unhappy at the police’s failure to prevent AAP workers from assembling. The ministry didn’t want AAP to score political points by highlighting brutal police action.
Meanwhile, the AAP leadership has alleged police bias for not registering FIRs against BJP workers. They said AAP demonstrators only retaliated when attacked by BJP members.
The Delhi Police and AAP share a tumultuous history. Kejriwal had sat on a dharna in January to press for action against police officers who refused to cooperate with former law minister Somnath Bharti in raiding houses of African nationals in south Delhi’s Khirki extension.