Lucknow: Even as the Yogi Adityanath government tries to project a people-friendly image of the state police by releasing videos and photographs of policemen helping people during the lockdown, stories of police misbehaviour continue to pour in.
One such report has come in from Rae Bareli where a senior district official allegedly rebuked and threatened a youth who had gone out to buy medicines for his pregnant wife.
“Sabki biwiyan pregnant ho gayi hain kya(everybody’s wife has got pregnant),” the official who was enforcing he lockdown in the district, told the youth.
Another youth, who said that he had gone to nearby flour mill to give wheat for grinding, was asked to produce a receipt. On being told that no receipt was given by the owner, the officers ordered the cops to take him to the police station.
A group of young migrant workers, who were on their way back home on foot, were made to do sit-ups and hop with their backpacks in Noida.
In Agra, the cops made youths on the road, carry placards that proclaimed ‘Main samaj ka Dushman hoon”.
A senior police officer, when asked, said,” I agree that there may be some aberrations but everyone must also understand the pressure that our forces are working under. They are dealing with an unusual situation and people must follow rules and cooperate during the lockdown.”