Continuing its confrontation with the Delhi Police, the Delhi government on Monday said it would take up the issue of “fixing police accountability” in two cases related to law and order in the National Capital.
The two cases that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is likely take up with Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung are the death of 19-year-old Karan Pandey, shot dead allegedly by a police officer, and that of a 30-year-old woman who was allegedly gangraped in East Delhi on Sunday. The CM plans to seek a response from the Central government on both these matters.
Last week, Kejriwal and his Cabinet ministers sat on a two-day dharna outside Rail Bhawan, demanding action against police officers for “alleged dereliction of duty” and seeking that Delhi Police be brought under the Delhi government.
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“The magisterial inquiry into the death of Karan Pandey has found clear contradictions in police’s version of events. The report states that Karan was not part of the biker gang. We want to know what action is being taken against police officers in this case,” a government spokesperson said.
Last week, the report of a magisterial inquiry conducted into the death of the boy had found inconsistencies in police’s version of what happened on the night of July 27-28, last year. The report stated that police’s claim of bikers pelting stones on police vehicles — which had prompted police to open fire — appeared “improbable and doubtful”.
The spokesperson said the government would also look at fixing responsibility of police in the gangrape case.
“As elected representatives, it is our duty to provide the people with answers on both these issues,’’ the spokesperson said.