NEW DELHI: A stampede-like situation at the Delhi government's 'janata darbar' arose as more than expected number of people reached the spot, Delhi Police on Saturday said as it maintained that better planning by administration was as much required as stepping up of security.
"More than expected number of people had thronged the venue which led to the chaos. Better planning is needed not just on part of the police but also of the administration. Like people could be called subject wise, area wise or ministry wise. There needs to be a filter of some sort," said a senior Delhi Police official on condition of anonymity.
The official said that a large number of police personnel can be deployed and strict crowd control measure could be implemented from next time onwards but this would defeat the very idea of a public hearing.
"There were around 500 police personnel at the Delhi Secretariat for the public meeting other than around 400-500 personnel of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). We can deploy more security but then the real purpose of a 'janata darbar' will be lost as the common man will not be able to reach the chief minister or minister he or she wants to meet," he said.
One thing which hugely caused the situation to go out of hand is that various unions and organized groups reached for the meet. Such an event is for individuals whose grievances are not heard elsewhere or for people like senior citizens or disabled people, he said.
"Such organizations should be given a separate opportunity so that they don't start protesting at a janata darbar," the official said.
AAP government's much-talked-about first 'janata darbar' outside the Delhi Secretariat on Saturday witnessed chaos and mismanagement, forcing chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to leave the venue midway as hundreds jostled with each other to register their grievances.
Kejriwal later admitted that if he had not left the meeting midway, there could have been a stampede. He also promised to "streamline" the system so that similar situation does not recur.