The ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday lashed out at the Delhi Police, accusing them of having been turned into a political entity that works like an "armed wing of BJP", as hundreds of police personnel staged protests outside the Police Head Quarters (PHQ) in the heart of the national capital.
In a series of tweets, AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj, who is also a lawyer, alleged that the BJP has emboldened Delhi Police so much that "we are living in a Police state".
His comment came amid an unprecedented stand-off between lawyers and police in the capital after violence over a parking dispute in the Tis Hazari court complex on Saturday.
BJP has emboldened Delhi Police so much that we are living in a Police State.
The Police is least concerned about basic law & order issues in Delhi. Police officers are so arrogant.
Delhi Police has been converted into Political Entity and works like a Armed Wing of BJP. pic.twitter.com/jArD95vF7E— Saurabh Bharadwaj (@Saurabh_MLAgk) November 5, 2019
The city government has been accusing the Delhi Police, which comes under the Union Home Ministry, of not being able to manage the law and order situation in the national capital.
"The Police is least concerned about basic law and order issues in Delhi. Police officers are so arrogant. Delhi Police has been converted into a political entity and works like an armed wing of the BJP," Bhardwaj said.
Mr Amit Shah has completely failed the law and order situation in Delhi.— Saurabh Bharadwaj (@Saurabh_MLAgk) November 5, 2019
Law and Order situation in Delhi is at its worst in last 70 years.
Mr Shah is busy making and breaking state governments.
He also wished that the Advocates Bar Association had taken a stand for the rights of the common man. "It's never late to do the right thing," the AAP MLA added.
The ugly situation existing in the capital shows complete incompetence of HM.— Saurabh Bharadwaj (@Saurabh_MLAgk) November 5, 2019
The situation could have been handled maturely by Centre. Lawyers are responsible for getting justice to the people. Police provides security to people. Clashes between them is very unfortunate.
Hundreds of Delhi Police personnel gathered at the PHQ here on Tuesday to protest against repeated incidents of violence against them by lawyers.
At least 20 police personnel and several lawyers were injured and many vehicles were damaged in the incident. The lawyers alleged that the police fired at them.