CHENNAI: Shocking videos showing police personnel setting vehicles on fire and damaging them emerged on Monday suggesting the police indulged in needless arson.
Two videos show police personnel setting fire to auto rickshaws parked on the roadside. In the first video, a policeman is seen putting a burning paper inside the auto rickshaw.
Another video shot from a building terrace, recorded a woman police personnel, standing beneath the MRTS track, setting two auto rickshaws on fire one after the other. However, in both the videos, the incident was witnessed by other police personnel.
In another incident, police personnel were found setting huts, auto rickshaws on fire at Nadukuppam on Avvai Shanmugam Salai near Marina.
When members of small fringe groups were pelting stones and breaking glasses of MTC buses and cars and media vehicles, policemen were also found doing the same. “The police who are supposed to stop the violence and ensure safety of the people have themselves indulged in violence,” said Rajeshwari, a protester.
During the lathi charge that was reported in Marina to disperse the crowd, police personnel were caught on camera damaging several of the motorbikes parked on the roadside. Four motorbikes of Express journalists were also damaged.
Also, many people had taken videos of police damaging parked two-wheelers by breaking their mirrors and pushing them down and allegedly abusing people, especially women entering into their houses in areas including Nadukuppam. All the videos were viral on social networking sites.
However, city police commissioner S George claimed that the videos have been morphed by miscreants.