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‘I am not Sheila Dikshit, won’t stay silent’: Kejriwal slams Delhi Police over rape of minor girls

New Delhi: In the wake of gang-rape of two minor girls in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday took on the Centre over policing and said he will not let Prime Minister Narendra Modi sleep “peacefully” if such incidents recur.

Maintaining that ‘jungle raj’ prevailed in the national capital, Kejriwal called for handing over law and order to his dispensation for one year.

“The Prime Minister must understand I am not (previous Chief Minister) Sheila Dikshit. I will not remain silent.

“We will not allow the Prime Minister to sleep peacefully if women in Delhi do not get proper safety and the present trend of rapes continues, that is guaranteed,” Kejriwal told reporters after meeting Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. AP

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. AP

‘Jungle raj’ is prevailing in the capital and it was a matter of “deep concern”, Kejriwal said and appealed to the Centre to “stop being stubborn and hand over law and order control” to his dispensation for one year.

The chief minister said his government was exploring all the options to ensure safety of women.

“A cabinet meeting, to discuss the issue, has been convened tomorrow,” he said.

On his meeting with LG Jung, Kejriwal said he submitted figures relating to crime against women and cases of missing children.

“We met the LG along with last four year’s record on crime cases. Around 31,000 cases of crime against women were recorded. Out of these, chargesheets were filed in only 13,000 cases and in 18,000 cases there was no charge sheet.

“Only 146 people were punished overall, so you can see how safe our women are,” he said.

Kejriwal also ridiculed ‘Himmat App’ launched by Delhi Police and said that only 13 out of 4,000 cases were properly addressed that came in purview of this initiative.

He also said to have questioned Jung on “democratic control” over police during the meeting, which lasted around 45 minutes.

“There is absolutely no democratic control on Delhi Police which is very dangerous for a democratic country. I assure that we will change the whole Delhi as we have done in other areas under our control,” he said.

Kejriwal said that people of Delhi are “disappointed and very angry” over the incident and there was a sense of insecurity among them.

“Rapists know that they commit crime and get away with it,” he said.

“What women security is there if a child is picked up from Ramlila event (in public view)? The police response has become predictable. If any incident takes place, police says what we can do in this connection,” Kejriwal said.

Two children, including a two-and-half-year-old, were brutally raped in the capital, a week after the grisly sexual assault on a minor, triggering outrage and a political slugfest between rival parties.

Chief Minister Kejriwal had accused the police of being a complete failure in providing security to women.

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AAP government appoints commission to probe CNG fitness scam

New Delhi: Delhi Government on Tuesday announced appointment of Commission of Inquiry to be headed by a retired Delhi High Court judge to probe the multi-crore CNG fitness scam in which a number of officials of previous Sheila Dikshit government were under scanner.

A meeting of the Delhi Cabinet presided by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal decide to appoint the commission into the scam which is already being probed by the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB).

Arvind Kejriwal. AFPArvind Kejriwal. AFP

Arvind Kejriwal. AFP

Delhi Home Minister Satyendra Jain said the Commission of Inquiry will be headed by retired Delhi High Court judge Justice S N Agarwal and its terms of reference will be announced in a day or two.

The scam had come to light in 2012 when ACB found that the Delhi government had lost nearly Rs 100 crore in alleged irregularities in awarding of contract to operate and maintain inspection and certification of CNG vehicles at the transport authority in Burari to ESP India Pvt Ltd instead of ESP USA.

The AAP had accused Lt Governor Najeeb Jung of trying to hush up the scam.

When asked whether Jung or former Chief Minister Dikshit will be questioned, Jain said it will be up to the Commission to decide.

He said Lt Governor’s approval was not necessary in appointing the Commission of Inquiry.

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Delhi teenager death: Commission needed for changing functioning of police, says Sheila Dikshit

New Delhi: Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Sunday pitched for setting up a commission to bring changes in functioning of Delhi Police following outrage over the gruesome murder of a 19-year-old girl here.

Diskhit said systemic changes were required to deal with the issue of women security in the national capital and a panel must be constituted to oversee the changes which were needed to be done to improve policing here.

Sheila Dikshit in a file photo. PTISheila Dikshit in a file photo. PTI

Sheila Dikshit in a file photo. PTI

“There is some shortcoming in the system which is why it is not able to handle. Politicising it and blaming each other will not lead to solutions,” she said.

“A commission must be set up to oversee what change must be brought about in police training, how police responds to situations like these and also to look at how various gadgets can be used such as drones and CCTVs so that quick action can be taken,” Dikshit said.

Meanwhile, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) chief Ajay Maken accused Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of trying to gain political mileage out of the girl’s death and also slammed the police for failing to provide adequate security to women in the city.

“I consider the police responsible. I also hold Arvind Kejriwal responsible for blame game….This is a law and order problem with the police but social initiatives should also be taken so that the males here can be made to understand and sensitised,” Maken said.

The nineteen-year-old was brutally stabbed to death allegedly by two brothers living in her neighbourhood in central Delhi’s Anand Parbat area for protesting their verbal abuse on July 16.

Kejriwal had yesterday announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the family of a girl and ordered a magisterial probe into the case while slamming Delhi Police for the “deteriorating” law and order situation.

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AAP protests over teen girl’s killing in Delhi: 9 key facts you need to know about the incident

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday held a protest against Delhi Police, holding it responsible for the stabbing of a 19-year-old girl in Anand Parbat locality three days ago, saying it has failed to provide security for women.

The protesters outside Delhi Police headquarters, some of whom climbed barricades set up by the police, were then sprayed with water cannons.

Few of the protesters were detained from the spot and later released.

The uproar in Delhi began when reports revealed that  a teenage girl had been stabbed to death for resisting sexual assault. Here are some key facts you need to know about the entire issue:

1) Girl stabbed 35 times for resisting molestation: A 19-year-old girl was allegedly stabbed to death by two youth in New Delhi in the Anand Parbat area, police had said on Friday. The Class 11 student, had been allegedly stabbed by Jai Prakash and his brother on Thursday, when she went to a market, a police officer had told IANS.

AAP workers being water cannoned while crossing the barricades during a protest against Delhi Police over the girl's death. PTI

AAP workers being water cannoned while crossing the barricades during a protest against Delhi Police over the girl’s death. PTI

Reports had also said that the victim was stabbed 35 times, including in the face, neck, back, chest and stomach. The girl had filed a molestation complaint against the attackers in 2013.

2) Both attackers arrested: While Jai Prakash, the main accused, had been arrested soon after the murder on Thursday, his brother Ajay Prakash was arrested late on Friday night and has been accused of helping his brother in the attack on the girl, reported The Times of India.

The victim’s family has also alleged that the mother of the attackers was also involved in the attack and said that she should be arrested. However, Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Sunday said, “We have not arrested the accused’s mother till now because we have not got any evidence which shows her as one of the culprits.”

3) Kejriwal announces Rs 5 lakh compensation, slams Delhi police: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday had announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the family of the victim and ordered a magisterial probe into the case while slamming Delhi Police for the “deteriorating” law and order situation.

“The law and order situation is deteriorating in Delhi every day. Delhi Police comes under the Prime Minister. Either he should do something or Delhi Police should be handed over to the Delhi government,” Kejriwal had told reporters.

The Chief Minister, accompanied by his deputy Manish Sisodia, had visited the girl’s family and assured them of all possible help.

Making a strong pitch for handing over of Delhi Police to the city government, the CM had said, “If the police is not answerable to Delhi government then how will they be held accountable? Right now, Delhi police is a law unto itself.”

4) AAP government seeks report from Delhi police: Delhi Home Minister Satyender Jain had written a letter to Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi, seeking his explanation on why no FIR was registered against the accused despite repeated complaints from the victim.

“The family of the deceased girl had filed numerous complaints against the accused Jai Prakash since 2013 with the local police alleging that he used to stalk the deceased and traumatise her but no FIR was registered by the police,” Jain had claimed.

In his letter, Jain had also asked the police as to what change had been in the national capital after the 16 December gangrape case in 2012.

5) Hang the killers, says victim’s mother: The parents of the teenage girl demanded on Sunday that the culprits be hanged for killing the girl. “A compensation of Rs 5 lakh can’t bring my daughter back. I want justice. They should be hanged,” Hindustan Times quoted the mother as saying.

The victim’s father added that even though they had once complained to the police about his daughter being subjected to “abuse and vulgar comments” by the men, no action had been taken by the police. “They were arrested once by the police on our complaint at Kamla Market police station, after which they started venting their anger by showering abuses on her whenever they liked,” HT quoted the girl’s father as saying.

6) Kejriwal to meet Bassi on Monday: Kejriwal had asked the Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi to meet him on Monday to discuss the law and order situation in the national capital.

“CM office on Sunday wrote to the Police Commissioner stating that the Chief Minister wants to meet him to discuss Delhi’s law and order situation and other issues including Meenakshi murder case,” said a senior government official.

7) Will try to dispel misconceptions about Delhi Police, says Bassi: BS Bassi on Sunday said he will try to dispel “misconceptions” about functioning of his force during his meeting with Kejriwal.

“I will definitely go and meet him and will exchange our thoughts…There is a possibility of him telling something useful to us and maybe I will give him something which will make him informative towards policing because I have been working for 38 years in the department.

“As a professional police officer, it is my duty that I should remove any misconceptions about policing. I have a good opportunity with the meeting to clear misconception if any,” he told reporters.

On AAP’s demand for bringing Delhi Police under the city government, Bassi said there is no need for any changes in its current administrative structure. Currently Delhi Police functions directly under administrative control of Home Ministry.

“The mechanism at present is appropriate. This was no knee jerk reaction when the GD Khosla committee introduced the commissionerate system in Delhi after deliberation and examination of witnesses the Parliament Act of 1978 was formed. Any attempt to tickle with the mechanism will be injustice to Delhi residents and can be dangerous,” he said.

Bassi also said that he is open to criticism as that helps one to improve his work.

“It is the responsibility of the police to collaborate and work with the people of every class. For that we do not consider people belonging to any class, as separate from us. Now, because a request has been received from the Chief Minister’s office by the Principal Secretary, so I will definitely go and the exchange of ideas will take place,” Bassi said.

8) BJP says AAP trying to distract people by blaming Delhi Police and Centre: Reacting to Kejriwal’s remarks against the Delhi police and his demand that the Delhi government should get control of the police instead of the Centre, BJP’s Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay said that AAP was trying to ‘distract’ the people.

“They are doing this to shield their failures…You (AAP) have raised VAT rates in Delhi, you are spending money in Delhi to benefit your leaders. Now that Delhi’s development has stopped, you are accusing Centre for that,” BJP’s Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay told ANI.

“They are trying to mislead people, they are doing all this to distract the attention of the people from real issues,” he added.

9) Certain functions of Delhi police should come under the state, says Sheila Dikshit: In a surprising turn of events, former Delhi CM and Congress leader Sheila Dikshit backed Kejriwal’s demand of state control over the Delhi police. “Certain functions of the Delhi police should come under the state,” Dikshit was quoted as saying by CNN-IBN.

On the other hand, Congress slammed both AAP and BJP over the incident. “The crime against women has gone up by 30 percent, they just used women safety issue to win elections, both governments have failed to provide security to women. Both are insensitive towards crime against women,” Congress leader Shobha Oza told ANI.

(With agency inputs)