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New Delhi: Delhi Police’s Twitter handle has undergone a colourful makeover, a change from its earlier formal-looking, dry account. The display picture has been changed to an image with the quote, ‘Delhi Police Dil Ki Police’, complete with a heart.

The police officers have also updated their WhatsApp profile pictures with the same image. The handle name has been changed from ‘Delhi Police Aapki Seva Mein, to ‘#DilKiPolice Delhi Police’, a throwback to the old saying, ‘Dilli Dilwalon Ki.’

Anil Mittal, ACP and Additional PRO, told ThePrint this initiative has been undertaken to strengthen the relationship between police personnel and people. “We want to sustain the trust that people are showing us now and ensure that the masses continue to cooperate with us.” The ACP added that this initiative was taken under the direction of Commissioner of Police S.N. Shrivastava.

The national capital’s police force has also put out red banners near barricades with its newly changed Twitter handle name across the city, which read, ‘Jo Dil Se Karen Desh Ka Kaam’.

Moreover, in recent times, the Delhi Police Twitter handle has also started answering all questions regarding the lockdown that has been put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus. Its social media account has also become quite active in replying to queries tweeted by people. PRO and spokesperson M.S. Randhawa looks after the social media account and coordinates with on ground staff to address issues faced by the public.


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Feeding people, ferrying women in labour to hospital

Randhawa told ThePrint that these steps were formulated to increase people-to-police contact and boost the morale of the ground staff.

“We discussed chalking out a plan to adopt these new strategies with different teams, after our beat cops started calling us regularly to inform the kind of love and praise that they are getting from the public. They told us they feel extremely satisfied while attending to the needs of the people beyond their call of duty,” he said.

“Our staff has been working hard to help the masses survive the lockdown, from providing essential commodities and helping our senior citizens to carrying expecting mothers in PCR vans to hospitals. This is an attempt to motivate them so that they deliver these duties with more passion and to ensure that people know we are there to help.”

Randhawa added that they will also start sharing pictures of these services so that people better understand police personnel.

A Delhi Police banner, with its new Twitter handle name, at a barricade in Tughlaqabad Extension. Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A Delhi Police banner, with its new Twitter handle name, at a barricade in Tughlaqabad Extension. Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

On Wednesday, the Delhi Police posted a 58-second video of its staff working in the community kitchen of Najafgarh police station. The Additional PRO said the staff has been cooking and delivering food to those in need since the announcement of the lockdown. The video was created with help of SHO, Sunil Mittal.

The police said no PR teams were hired to design the new banners and that it was completely done by Delhi Police’s different teams.

“The new measures that we have undertaken to reach out to more and more people are actually quite inexpensive. The steps were discussed with all officers and our PRO spoke to all the ground staff. We have tried our best to ensure that supply chains are working without disruption so that essential commodities are available during this lockdown. Our efforts have been praised, and this is a step towards connection building between cops and people,” said Shrivastava.

He added that police officers have carried more than 1,000 expecting mothers to hospitals for delivery during the lockdown. Till Wednesday evening, the Delhi Police has received as many as 30,000 calls from people facing issues related to food scarcity, passes for movement, supply of medicines and on its helpline numbers.


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Andhra doctor, suspended for alleging PPE shortage, now beaten by cops for ‘creating nuisance’

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Bengaluru: A doctor with a government hospital in Andhra Pradesh, who was suspended for questioning the shortage of PPE kits, was admitted to a mental health facility Sunday, a day after he was allegedly manhandled by the police and arrested for creating nuisance in Visakhapatnam.

Dr Sudhakar Rao, a government civil surgeon, was beaten, his hands tied behind his back and dragged by police officers Sunday. During the incident, Sudhakar allegedly verbally abused the Jagan Mohan Reddy government in an inebriated state. Videos of the incident have since been widely shared online.

“The police control room received a call about a person creating nuisance on Beach Road Hospital in Visakhapatnam. The Fourth Town police was rushed there and found that the person was the suspended doctor, Sudhakar.

“When the police tried to control him, he snatched the mobile phone of an officer and threw it away. He is suffering from mental disorder and he was drunk. He was sent for a medical examination,” Vishakapatnam Police Commissioner R.K. Meena told the media Sunday.

Sudhakar was admitted to a mental hospital Sunday after doctors at the King George Hospital in Vishakapatnam said he suffered from anxiety.

“Since the doctor is in anxiety and talking irrelevant things, I have referred him to a mental care hospital in Visakhapatnam,” said Dr Radha Rani, medical superintendent, King George Hospital.

A statement released by the hospital said: “Dr Sudhakar was brought to the KGH casualty ward at 6.30 pm. From the smell, it was found that he was in a drunk condition. Under the influence of alcohol, he did not cooperate with anybody there and kept abusing all. Still, his pulse, BP were checked. Pulse was 98, BP 140/100. Blood samples were sent to forensic lab to ascertain alcohol content in his blood.”


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‘Treatment towards Sudhakar was inhuman’

Sudhakar, who spent more than 10 years at the Narsipatnam Government Hospital in Andhra Pradesh, was suspended from his duties in March after he openly criticised the Reddy government for failing to provide PPE kits and N95 masks to doctors treating Covid-19 patients.

He had alleged that the state government was giving N95 masks and PPE kits meant for doctors to politicians and the police.

A video of Sudhakar criticising the government was also shared widely. In the clip, he can be heard saying: “We are putting our lives at risk here. We are asked to use the same mask for 15 days and a fresh mask will be provided only twice a month.”

Speaking to ThePrint, Dr P. Gangadhar Rao, member of the National COVID Committee of the Indian Medical Association, said the manner in which Sudhakar was manhandled by the police was “inhuman” and “violated” human rights.

“We strongly condemn the way he was taken into custody. He was not carrying a weapon, he was alone, the number of policemen outnumbered him. Why treat him like that? We also saw a video where a policeman beats him with a lathi,” said Dr Gangadhar.

He added that Rao was one of the most experienced anaesthetists the Andhra Pradesh government had.

“Our next step of action is to get Sudhakar to write an unconditional apology for having used filthy language, abusing the chief minister and the government. We will then take our appeal to the CM seeking that he be reinstated,” Gangadhar said.


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