When riots or protests take place, we often see police deployed wearing all kind of protective gears to save them from the clutches of the rioters. Comically some scenes have emerged from Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district, where two policemen were spotted using unconventional riot gear, plastic stools in a local protest.
On Tuesday residents of UP’s Akrampur protested the death of two men in a road accident. Yesterday furious relatives launched another protest, using the deceased bodies to block the road. A large group of police and security forces, armed with guns were dispatched to break the protest.
Amid the tension and violence, one four-second clip was soon widely shared online. It showed one cop ‘wearing’ a plastic stool as a helmet and another with a basket cover as a shield.
A Station House Office (SHO) has been suspended over the incident and UP Police also posted a statement on Twitter saying, “An elaborate SOP and sufficient riot gear have been given to all districts to deal with any Law and Order situation. In a Law and Order situation in Unnao, despite intelligence input, the force was ill-equipped, for which the DGP has sought explanation of the SP and, at the local level, the SHO has been suspended,” UP Police said.