New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Delhi Police on Thursday suspended a constable posted at Ranjit Nagar Police Station for allegedly vandalising vegetable shops while enforcing the lockdown imposed in the country to curb the spreading of the deadly coronavirus.

In a video that had gone viral social media, the police official – identified as Rajbir – can be seen overturning three vegetable carts, asking the vendors to leave the area. Rajbir can be seen covering his face with a mask. However, he not wearing his uniform and was armed with a lathi (wooden stick). Three vendors look helplessly as Rajbir goes around lifting the plastic sheet covering their wares and topples them.   

“Police personnel have been sensitised in this regard,” the Delhi Police said in a statement, as quoted by news agency ANI.

On Wednesday, Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava also asked on-duty officials that he had received reports of "misconduct" by some personnel with essential services staffers.

“I urge police personnel to use masks and sanitisers regularly and maintain social distancing during their duties. We have heard about the misconduct of police during checking. There would be no hustle during checking of essential services staff such as doctors and home delivery agents,” he said, as quoted by news agency PTI.

A 21-day nation-wide lockdown was enforced in the country to stop the novel coronavirus from spreading. The government, however, had made clear that vegetables, groceries, milk, medicines fall in the essential services and will be available during the lockdown.

The government has also urged people to stay inside their homes during the lockdown and appealed people not to panic.

The Delhi Police had also issued directions to all Deputy Commissioners of Police in the city-state asking them to ensure hassle-free movement of personnel and vehicles of e-retailers delivering essential services and goods.

The deadly coronavirus, which originated in China’s Wuhan, has affected 724 people in India and claimed the lives 17 in the country so far.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma