ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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NEW DELHI-Straws in the Wind

A DAY before Rajiv Gandhi, MP, left for the Soviet Union with his mother, the Prime Minister, there was a fire which gutted some furniture shops in the city, He rushed to the spot as befits an anxious representative of the people and, finding some deficiency in police bandobast, upbraided the police chief of the Capital for dereliction of duty. Within hours, two police officers were suspended on orders from the Prime Minister's house. Much was written in the Delhi press for a whole week about the incident and the rights and wrongs of the doings of Raiiv Gandhi, MP and his interference in the running of the administration in the Capital. There was no reaction or clarification from the official side. Within a day of the return of Rajiv Gandhi, MP, (he is always expected to be mentioned in this manner in the press), however, the police chief himself put up a formal statement defending what had happened and the part he and Rajiv Gandhi, MP, had played in the episode. Another interesting and related development was that the predecessor of the present Police Commissioner of Delhi, who had been on long leave after he relinquished charge in the Capital, had his leave cut short as soon as the present Police Commissioner issued his statement. The Police Commissioner had made his peace with the powers that be and the other one could be easily put out of the way. Those in the police force or others who had entertained the idea that the one who was earlier relieved of his duties in the Capital would be recalled after Rajiv Gandhi's displeasure with the present police chief have been very much disappointed.

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