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Handling the Akali demonstration single-handedly

Tough policing

Kiran Bedi saves the situation 
(A leading Daily, 6 November 1978)

    New Delhi, November 5 - The skirmish between the Akali protestors and the police at India Gate would have taken a bloodier turn had it not been for the courage and the presence of mind shown by Mrs Kiran Bedi, Deputy Commissioner of Police. 
    An Akali jatha had been stopped by the police from the congregation venue. The Akalis were insistent on courting arrest. When an attempt was made to herd them into waiting police vans, they turned militant and said that they would go in DTC buses. 
    The protestors soon became restive and started provoking the police 
   A group of Akalis brandishing their swords made a collective attempt to break the police cordon. While the policemen retreated, Mrs Kiran Bedi, alone and with a small baton in her hand, charged the crowd to foil their attempts. Despite the fact, that some Akalis surrounded her for a while and hit her with lathis on her helmet, Mrs Kiran Bedi still managed to face them and forced them to retreat. Shockingly, none of the policemen dared came to her rescue while she was being hit with sticks by the Akalis.


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