Police resort to Gandhigiri to control Hazare supporters


Anna Hazare supporters
New Delhi, Aug 18: The Delhi Police who is facing the music for their stiff stand taken in the event of Anna Hazare's arrest drama seem to have got a lesson or two in Gandhigiri. After Anna Hazare, during the announcement for an indefinite fast against corruption, requested all his supporters to employ non-violent methods to protest, the police also seem to have taken the dictum to heart.

The Delhi Police who is faced with the mammoth task of managing the crowds gathered in various parts of the country is believed to be using peaceful methods to disperse the crowd. Deputy Commissioner of Police BS Jaiswal has been quoted as saying, "The anti-riot force and police deputed are unarmed. We have also asked them to handle protesters politely."

With thousands of police personnel employed after a mass frenzy which has been erupted across India following the arrest of Anna Hazare, the police are resorting to peaceful methods to control the crowd. The police were instructed to exercise maximum restraint and were visibly unarmed.

After the Delhi police had to face the flak for the midnight show-down at the Ram Lila Maidan bashing  Baba Ramdev's supporters, they seem to be taking enough precautions to avoid a similar situation and are using peaceful tactics rather than a show of power. The Anna Hazare campaign also prides itself for being a peaceful protest till now.

The Baba Ramdev campaign debacle is still haunting the Delhi Police when they resorted to lathicharge and firing tear gas shells at hapless supporters who were sleeping in the tent erected in the maidan.

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