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For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsNew Delhi | Updated: January 26 2014 8:30 am The S-I watches as protesters get ready to sleep Abused by them he says “I am doing my job It’s what gets my family food” (Photo: Ravi Kanojia) Related News A day in the life of: A Sub-Inspector 42 posted at Arvind Kejriwal’s dharna As he stands there impassively a tirade of curses and insults rains down on him Someone tries to spit on him he moves away an inch A week ago he could have imagined himself on the other side of the police barricades After today he doubts it A sub-inspector with the Delhi Police the 42-year-old has been in the force for over two decades Usually he’s posted at a government hospital in south Delhi On January 20 morning he was rushed to central Delhi’s Rail Bhavan roundabout to be on duty as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced the unusual move of sitting on a dharna Initially the S-I says he was quite happy “I had voted for him but I had never seen him except on television I knew that this protest was against police but some of the things that the Aam Aadmi Party is talking about — corruption in police lacklustre performance of some officers — these are true and need to be rectified” he says After 24 hours on ‘Kejriwal duty’ however the policeman is a disillusioned man If the insults being flung at him with increasing vehemence leave him saddened that they are clichés hurts him more Someone calls him a ‘dalaal of the Congress’ another says he has sold his soul for a few rupees A police officer needs to have a thick skin he knows But standing there on January 21 — braving the intermittent rain the cold and the angry protesters and guarding a man who has made it known he thinks little of policemen like him or the service they provide him — he asks shouldn’t a CM too know better “Some of the things Kejriwal has been saying are very stupid He’s the CM and it’s important that he doesn’t say something that will make the crowd angrier But by denouncing police and the media in such unclear terms he’s setting things up for a violent episode” the S-I says This is only a few hours before clashes between the police and AAP supporters turn violent When the first stone is flung in his direction he stands up angrily only to sit down abruptly remembering the orders given to the police not to react Senior officers have told the policemen to ensure that no harm comes to any of the protesters even as they are turned away from the site of Kejriwal’s dharna “In other words we have been asked not to touch anyone — even if we are pelted with stones” he says rubbing the stubble that has grown on his chin overnight It’s the first time in many years that he couldn’t shave in the morning As Kejriwal slept in the open he and hundred-odd others took turns keeping a watch through the night barely 15 metres away trying their best to keep warm in the clothes they had on them While AAP arranged for blankets for its protesters they didn’t offer any to the policemen on duty The S-I had some tea before dozing off around 3 am “The night was especially bad and very cold” the policeman says “I had only one jacket I wrapped it around myself and slept on the ground” Shave isn’t the only thing the S-I is missing as the day drags on “I haven’t eaten anything since last night I got my food from home but that only lasted me till yesterday Since then we’ve been getting whatever food we can get from those shops” he says pointing to a few on nearby Rafi Marg He has two daughters and a son The daughters are in Classes VII and VIII while his son is in Class XII “He’s currently preparing for his board examinations He wants to become an engineer” he says On most days when he has the day shift the S-I is back home in east Delhi by 9 pm After dinner he spends time with the children asking them about school He likes watching TV but chuckles makes it a habit to stay away from news broadcasts He had also hoped his Rail Bhavan duty would be over by January 21 morning His children were partly the reason he decided to vote for AAP the S-I says “This party comprised people I felt I could go up and speak with people like me My daughters are growing up and even though I am in police I worry about them In fact it’s because I am in police that I worry about their safety my son’s too If AAP can bring changes that make the city safer I’ll be very happy” he says At Kejriwal’s dharna site though that hope is receding as he worries if AAP knows the right way “By attacking police — which is on the ground — he’s only making us feel like outsiders and making the people angry Today someone tried to pelt stones at us tomorrow they’ll shoot us” he says The S-I also questions Law Minister Somnath Bharti’s midnight raid against some Africans “He tried to boss police around and when they said they had to follow procedure Kejriwal’s trying to get them fired This goes against everything we were trained to do before we joined This isn’t right” he says Near Kejriwal’s car someone is drawing a caricature of the police force on a chart paper It shows an officer with bloodshot eyes a long tongue hanging out of a cavernous mouth and claws for hands as Rs 500 notes rain down around him While the S-I’s talking an AAP supporter walks up to him and says “Tu kya has raha hai be Tu hamara naukar hai (Why are you laughing You are our servant)” The S-I immediately brings on his impassive expression “They forget that we’re also aam aadmi I am just trying to do my job follow my orders This is my duty It’s what brings food to my family But here they’ve turned us into demons” he says Asked whether he would vote for AAP again he gives a brief smile “Vote main kisko doonga wo toh main dekhoonga Bas koi isko yaad dila de ki policewallah bhi aam aadmi hota hai (Who I vote for is my concern but someone should remind him that a policeman is also a common man)” For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related News the 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