Target: Rajnath Singh, India Minister of Home Affairs
Goal: Put an end to police allegedly beating youth and setting fires.
Police in Chennai are allegedly beating the youth and burning down markets in a disgusting attempt to stop the “peaceful” pro-jallikattu protest. Officers allegedly turned violent on nearby slum-dwellers, where the protesters have gone to seek shelter. Some of the young protesters have been dragged and beaten up by police, according to one slum-dweller, who says all of a sudden they saw youngsters running, some of them bleeding, as police chased behind them.
Amidst the chaos, one Nadukuppam hamlet resident told outlets that the police have burned down over 600 shops, including her own fish market that was burned to the ground. According to author Meena Kandasamy, the police, who remain at Pattinapakkam, Nadukuppam, and Nochikuppam slums, are “picking up people and thrashing them.”
It seems apparent that the police are out of control. There is no excuse for the alleged violence and travesty that they’ve created for the people of Chennai. Unfortunately, the Chennai city police have said that their officers will be punished only if there is proof of their alleged violent behavior. We know too well that police departments often cover for their officers’ crimes. In this case, promising that the officers will be “punished” isn’t enough. They need to be stripped of their badges once and for all. Please sign this petition demanding that every officer who displayed violent behavior be fired indefinitely.
Dear Minister Singh,
Police have allegedly beaten people and burned down shops in an attempt to stop the pro-jallikattu protests. The Chennai City Police Department made a statement on Facebook saying that “punishment would be awarded, if proved.” Exactly what “punishment” they would be awarded hasn’t been clear.
Awarding a “punishment if proven” isn’t enough. Officers who behave violently should be fired from serving in law enforcement, not just punished. We demand that an appropriate, unbiased investigation be conducted, and any officer found guilty of violence or vandalism must be fired indefinitely.
[Your Name Here]
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