An Aaj Tak reporter was attacked during reporting from a running vehicle, many Media and police vehicles torched and everyone was in fear at Panchkula, Haryana when Sirsa Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim convicted for Rape.
Underprepared cops ran for cover and Dera supporters escalated the violence to next level. Lathi, Ak-47 and equipped with all kind of dangerous weapon, Dera supporters went on rampage & the local police was the first to run.
But there was one lady IAS officer from Odisha who stood tall to be counted. Deputy Commissioner, Gauri Parasher Joshi, left behind her 11-month baby to tackle the riots and the rioters by the horns. Police guards fled the spot as unruly mob of Dera followers advanced with sticks and stones towards, as she was trying to calm down the agitators.
As violence escalated, this mother of an 11-month-old suffered injuries and even her clothes got torn. Left alone with a single PSO, she went to her office and issued an order to hand over the situation to the Army, which helped avoid further deterioration of the situation.
By the end of the night, more than 1,000 rioting Dera supporters had been arrested, but the one thing that turned the course of the day was one single order.
She had before this served in the Naxal-affected district of Kalahandi in Odisha and may be that helped the 2009-batch IAS officer from Odisha cadre, who is on deputation to Haryana. Proud Of Her!