On February 12, the day Jawaharlal Nehru University student president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested, a meeting was held at the Haus Khas office of Prem Nath, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (South Delhi). Among the many issues that were discussed at the afternoon meeting–the focus was on the future course of action of Delhi Police with regards to the alleged anti-national event held in JNU campus on February 9. While the senior most officials of the Delhi Police attended the meeting, including those who are currently overlooking the investigation, BS Bassi, the ex-Delhi Police Commissioner was not present.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While it is not imperative for the police chief to attend every district level meeting, but chances of him, hoping not to be dragged into the political controversy that was brewing, might have acted as a deterrence for the aging cop to give the meeting a miss.Things however did not work well for BS Bassi as he soon found himself in the midst of the raging controversy. The arrest of the student leader as well as subsequent raids in the prestigious university were criticised not only in India but also in multiple foreign countries. The development ensured that the top cop of Delhi, who had less than three weeks of service left in him, would spend his last days defending yet another decision of the BJP led government.According to a senior police officer, the ex chief of Delhi for most part of the current political controversy appeared composed, giving scathing interviews to news channels, but there were many moments wherein Bassi felt he was being dragged into a battle that he didn’t wage.”He(Bassi) has almost 30 years of service behind him and to endure such opposition at the fag-end of ones career can get to the strongest persons,” a senior police official said requesting anonymity. The official added that Bassi was hell bent to maintain the initial stand of Delhi Police. However, on the day when the top cop retired Delhi Police denied having any video evidence to corroborate charges of sedition against Kanhaiya. Yet another setback for Bassi who had come on record stating that his team had a lot of evidence against Kanhaiya.According to another senior police officer, many in police force were not surprised seeing Bassi’s role in JNU. They told dna that after multiple confrontations with the AAP government it was hardly news that Delhi police was being targeted for “following procedures”. One such moment was the appointment of MK Meena as the chief of Anti Corruption Bureau allegedly to reduce Kejriwal’s hold on the probe agency. The brutal stabbing of a girl in Anand Parbat was another such incident coupled with multiple rapes of minors in a single week. But the JNU row was a bit too much for the aging cop to handle on his own.As the new police chief Alok Kumar Verma officially took over on Monday, a Bangladeshi woman, tried to entered commissioner’s office, along with her two-month old baby. She accused Delhi Police of bribery and neglecting to take action in a domestic violence case which she had filed. Dozens of media personnel standing in the lobby quipped whether this was bad omen for the new chief or is the post itself jinxed.
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