Won’t shield rioters in uniform: Top cop

The director-general of Maharashtra Police told The Indian Express on Friday that the police would not shield their own if they were found to have participated in the Dhule riots of January 6.

"We don't want to shield anyone if a wrong has been committed. We have identified the accused and taken action. We need to remain committed to our professional values at all times," Dayal said.

The police chief said his force was largely professional, but "when there are aberrations, action is taken".

The Indian Express had on January 26 published stills from video showing policemen in uniform breaking open and looting a stall in Machhi Bazar during the riots, and wantonly pounding parked vehicles and water drums. The two-minute video also showed policemen trying to pull down a small pandal under which hawkers sit with their wares.

IGP (Law and Order) Deven Bharti said, "The six (arrested) men are from the tape which shows the cart being broken and policemen stealing items... They were pulled up for the vandalism. We are ascertaining the identity of the policemen in the other clips."

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