Where ever there was a king in the tent and refugees too… why does the police take the leaders there?

Kingsway Camp. Kings-way means the way of the king and camp means camp. in Delhi Kingsway Camp It has been the place where even the kings were once accommodated in tents and sometimes camps were also made for refugees. today when Congress has inflation and unemployment If you protested on issues like Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Many leaders, including many, were taken into custody and taken there. Whenever such situations arise in Delhi, Delhi Police takes the agitators there. Why this is done, we will discuss it further. But before that, let us tell the story of this camp.

The name of Kingsway Camp has been changed to GTB Nagar, but even today people colloquially know it by its old name. It is called GTB Nagar or Camp instead of Guru Tegh Bahadur Nagar. In British India, princes, ministers, eminent persons of the princely states were ordained in this area. Then there were three courts in Delhi. The residence of the Viceroy of the British Government was also once in this area and had the project been completed, perhaps the Rashtrapati Bhavan would have been there today too! The whole story of Kingsway Camp is very interesting.

Delhi’s largest refugee camp after partition

When the country became independent from the British rule in 1947, it was divided into two parts. People had to decide whether they should live in India or Pakistan. Lakhs of people moved from here to there. Lakhs of refugees came to India from across the border. Refugee camps ie refugee camps were set up in Delhi. The largest refugee camp was set up here at Kingsway Camp. A large number of refugees stayed here in tents and then they were settled separately from here.

…then not Raisina Hills, this would have been Rashtrapati Bhavan

During the freedom struggle of 1857, the British took refuge in Delhi for the safety of their lives. Delhi was important from the point of view of security. Harish Khanna, retired from Delhi University, writes in his Facebook post that in the Ridge area of ​​DU, where the flag staff is built, the British stayed there. The Viceroy was staying here. At present, the office of the Vice Chancellor of Delhi University used to be the residence of the Viceroy. Naturally, the offices of the new capital would also have been built here.

A memorial stone was also installed here for the new capital and Raj Niwas, but this place was later changed. Since the Yamuna river was also close from here and there was a danger of flooding, then the new capital and the Viceroy’s residence, (which is presently Rashtrapati Bhavan) was shifted to Raisina Hills. Had it not been so, then Rashtrapati Bhavan would probably have been on the side of Kingsway Camp, not Raisina Hills!

The court was held during the time of Queen Victoria

In British India on January 1, 1877, when Queen Victoria was declared the Empress of India, a court was held in this area. Coronation Park, located on the way from Kingsway Camp Chowk to Burari, was chosen. Queen Victoria did not attend the court, but the then Viceroy Lytton represented. In this court, dignitaries of the British government, representatives of the government, officers of the army and people of various royal houses of India attended and stayed here. Harish Khanna has also told about this in his Facebook post.

… when the whole city of tents was settled

Harish Khanna writes that on January 1, 1903, the second court was held in this Coronation Park. Then Edward VII was declared emperor and Lord Curzon was the viceroy. Even at that time, officers of the King-Maharaja, feudal, British government and army came from different princely states of the country. A special rail line was laid. Electricity, water, sanitation, lighting, colorful tents. Post office, telegram and phone service.. everything was here. The whole was settled like a city. This time again the same thing happened. Edward VII could not come, his brother had arrived.

Coronation of George V, Delhi becomes capital

On December 12, 1911, the coronation of George V took place in this Coronation Park. Court held. Raja-Maharaja from different princely states of the country also came to meet him. In this court, an announcement was made to shift the capital of the country from Calcutta to Delhi. As Delhi had been the capital during the reign of the Mughals, the British also wanted the same. Delhi was conquered and it was declared the capital.

Why does the police bring the protesters-leaders to Kingsway camp only?

On the day when there are agitations and demonstrations in the capital Delhi, Delhi Police takes the protesters into custody to maintain law and order. Especially after taking the leaders into custody, they are brought to the new police line located at Kingsway Camp. Some major reasons are given behind this.

  1. Tight security arrangements in police lines Security remains tight at the Police Line at Kingsway Camp. There are an unlimited number of police personnel. In such a situation, there is no problem in the security of leaders and VVIPs. The security here is tight compared to the police stations in other areas.
  2. Adequate space in Utsav Sadan After taking the protesting leaders into custody, the Delhi Police keeps it in the Utsav Sadan here. There is no shortage of space here and the system is also good. In May this year, Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana inaugurated the banquet hall. The capacity of this hall, built in 7 crores, is 500-700 people. There is also no problem of parking in Utsav Sadan.
  3. Distance from the protest site- In Delhi, usually picketing takes place at Jantar Mantar, Parliament House or the surrounding area. If the protesters are caught and brought to the nearest police station, then if they are released, they will again go to the protest site. The distance of Kingsway Camp is about 10-12 kilometers from these areas. In such a situation, if released after holding for some time, they will not be able to reach the strike site again.

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