CM Arvind Kejriwal writes to Bassi, demands a say in policing matters

AAP government believes the conditions in police colonies require immediate improvement.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 11, 2015 2:47 am
Kejriwal wants a list of ‘dark spots’ that are unsafe for women, so that CCTV cameras can be installed there. Kejriwal wants a list of ‘dark spots’ that are unsafe for women, so that CCTV cameras can be installed there.

Having to govern Delhi without control over its police force was always going to be a thorny issue with the AAP government and less than two months into his second stint, the chief minister has felt the need to raise the issue of policing with commissioner B S Bassi.

CM Arvind Kejriwal has written to Bassi raising a score of issues. He has demanded that a copy of the transfer and posting policy of Delhi Police  be marked to his office. He also wants a list of officers serving in their present posts, despite having completed their tenures, and the names of all SHOs and traffic inspectors together with the dates they joined their current posts.

Citing the President’s order of September 24,1998, Kejriwal said the information he wants has been sought in accordance with that notification. The order states that the Lt-Governor has to exercise his police powers in consultation with the chief minister.

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“Therefore, the CM is required to brief the L-G on such (policing) matters on a regular basis and the government requires this information for this purpose,” a statement issued by the government said.

The letter assumes significance in light of recent incidents where AAP MLAs have protested against the role of police in various matters.
Accusing the police of not performing their duties, Kejriwal told Bassi about the “complaints” received regularly about non-registration of FIRs and the non-accessibility of beat constables.

“Citizens find it difficult to contact them. Police are requested to ensure their names and numbers are displayed prominently,” the statement said.

The letter also says since the government wants to see what happens in a police station recorded for evidence, CCTV cameras should be installed in all stations. The government has offered to bear the cost. The government has also sought details of CCTV cameras installed in the city. It has also asked for the list of “dark spots” considered unsafe for women, so that installation of CCTV cameras and proper lighting could be started there.

The living conditions of police personnel too features in the letter. It says the AAP government believes the conditions in police colonies require immediate improvement and asks for information on what welfare steps are being taken in this regard.

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    Pooja
    Apr 11, 2015 at 1:52 pm
    BJP is as useless as Cong. Hope HC intervenes and get not only Delhi Police but also the Three BJP run MCD under AK. All three MCDs are Dens of Corruption. Only AAP and AK can clean up the mess of Cong and BJP over the years. God bless you, AK! People of this Country are with you!
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      anil rana
      Apr 11, 2015 at 5:46 am
      kejriwal can perhaps make government initiate one great public vs police reform....list of complaints and FIRs computerised ...rules for these repors pasted outside every p s
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        Ram Rahim
        Apr 11, 2015 at 7:49 am
        Arvind is promoting People Centric Government. Can we have a say in what is cooking in his house?
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          Damaru Prasad
          Apr 11, 2015 at 2:32 pm
          Hope cops get hold of him and thrash him up the way they do aam admi sometimes. Later they can say there was a horrible mix up.
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            Damaru Prasad
            Apr 11, 2015 at 2:30 pm
            Usko sher ki taraha marna nahi balki gidad ki taraha ghasitna chahiye. Jhapad marne wale kaha mar e bhai? Jhapad maro BJP me samil ho jayo.
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