The police seem to have found a solution to protect themselves against sword-wielding goons. In a photo shared by police sources, a group of cops were seen standing by the side of a road in the national capital, equipped with what appear to be metal gloves covering their forearm.
They were also holding a metal lathi with a large covering, or ‘guard’, around the grip that is big enough to allow both wrists to be shielded when swinging at an opponent, allowing them to be protected while dealing significantly more damage than a wooden lathi.
The brand new weapon comes after a Delhi policeman was injured last week during Republic Day tractor rally protest organised by farmers.
He was allegedly combating again after one other group of males barged into the farmers’ protest web site – the place tens of hundreds have been camped since late November to protest towards the centre’s agriculture legal guidelines – and vandalised farmers’ tents and gear.
The police needed to hearth tear gasoline shells and use batons to interrupt up the conflict, during which police officer Pradeep Paliwal was injured as he tried to defuse the scenario.
The police personnel who have been given iron batons are from Shahdara district. It is to protect themselves from attacks by sharp-edged weapons, police said on January 1.
“The aim is to protect our personnel from attacks by any sword or sharp-edged weapon. It is for their self-defence. This initiative was taken by SHOs of the respective police stations of Shahdara district,” a senior police officer said.
The initiative was taken by station house officers (SHOs) of all 11 police stations falling under the jurisdiction of Shahdara district. Each police station distributed around 12 iron batons to its personnel, they said.
According to police, 394 police personnel were injured, while 30 police vehicles were damaged in the violence on January 26, during the Republic Day tractor rally organised by farmers protesting against the Centre’s new farm laws.