CM Kejriwal backs vigilante ministers, warns police

Kejriwal warned that his government and people of Delhi will not remain mute spectators in case police functioning does not improve.

New Delhi | Updated: January 16, 2014 10:07 pm
"After a rape takes place, then we demand immediate arrest of the culprits. But that is not sufficient. Why would rapes happen in the first place"? Kejriwal said. (Express Photo) “After a rape takes place, then we demand immediate arrest of the culprits. But that is not sufficient. Why would rapes happen in the first place”? Kejriwal said. (Express Photo)

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Thursday backed his ministers Somnath Bharti and Rakhi Birla whose actions bordered on vigilantism and accused the Delhi Police of being “compromised”.
He warned the police that the Delhi government and citizens would not remain mute spectators after the police refused to give in to demands from the ministers that appeared to violate due process.
“Delhi Police is highly compromised. If accountability of Delhi Police is not fixed, then crime and rape incidents will never go down,” Kejriwal told reporters, with Bharti sitting on one side of him and Birla on the other.
“After a rape takes place, then we demand immediate arrest of the culprits. But that is not sufficient. Why should rapes happen in the first place?”
The CM cited two instances that involved Bharti and Birla on Wednesday night. After allowing his Cabinet ministers time to voice their concerns, Kejriwal said, “We demand the immediate suspension of the erring SHOs of Sagarpur and Malviya Nagar station. I am meeting the lieutenant governor tomorrow along with the commissioner of police and I will tell them our stand in the strongest words possible.”
Asked if the ministers were not overzealous in their demands considering the police had not conducted an investigation, Kejriwal said, “The police claimed the ministers were interfering with their work. How is this possible? There was proof of a drug racket and the police took no action. When you see a crime happening, you tell the police and expect them to act. This is what happened. Ms Birla tried to help a dowry harassment victim and Mr Bharti tried to shut down a drug and sex racket.”
Kejriwal also said that drug and sex rackets were the root causes of rape.
“This is where rape and such tendencies start from,” he said.
Kejriwal said the incidents that Bharti and Birla referred to highlighted how the Delhi Police functioned.
“These two incidents have been an eyeopener for us. Isse pata chalta hain, ki Dilli police, bhagwan bharose kaam karti hain (God only knows how the Delhi Police works, considering these incidents)”.

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First Published on: January 16, 2014 7:47 pm
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    Indian
    Jan 16, 2014 at 4:59 pm
    In this Kejriwal is absolutely right. Police should have zero toleration policy towards all criminal acts, if they send a strong message, breaking any law will not be tolerated, the big acts would disappear, it is the same people committing the small and big criminal acts. This what happened in New York, learn from others.
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      Indian
      Jan 16, 2014 at 5:05 pm
      You are wrong. We need many players not just one to form government for 1.2 billion people.
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        Aravind Nair
        Jan 16, 2014 at 4:59 pm
        Sir, With all due respect, where people are mindlesss who run around during the nights looking for poor defenseless woman toravage. Where a father rapes his own daughters. Where foreign visitors aremolested and raped and our countries name is being thrown to the dogs. Youcan't blame a handful of police men standing in the cold.It’s us, it’s the people and our education our culture ourupbringing our mind set and our environment who are to be blamed not thepolice, they are also human beings. Stop becoming a politician. Don't get intoany blame game like your predecessors. I am also a common man like anybody; Iam neither affiliated to the police man nor to any political party. I am yourvoter only and let me tell you I hate opening the newspaper in the morningthese days. Today i read a Danish Visitor got raped in the capital city and youblame the Police. Its US sir the FAULT is with us. We have become the worst ofUS.
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          Bedi
          Jan 17, 2014 at 4:17 am
          Now that those women have been found to be drug free they should do the cavity search on Somanth Bharti and Rakhi Birla
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            Chandra Jay
            Jan 16, 2014 at 5:03 pm
            Someone in Delhi ,who has literary talent, should keep his/her eyes and ears open for things to happen in the immediate future; situations becoming anarchic enough for an Indian version of Dr Zhivago ..
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              Nanda
              Jan 16, 2014 at 4:50 pm
              Rapes happen coz Indian men are starved. And why are Indian men starved, thanks to the Victorian culture left by British and the confused hybrid of extra conservative barbaric mughal culture. If Indians had sta on the way we were 1000 years back, we'd all be better. And NO SIR, cov ering up and locking up women was NOT the culture back then. Thats british and muslim culture which Indians now believe was ancient Indian culture. You want proof read mythology and watch statues in temples.
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                concernedcitizen
                Jan 16, 2014 at 5:24 pm
                Well said.
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                  concernedcitizen
                  Jan 16, 2014 at 5:31 pm
                  its ironic how you ask to read mythology for "Proof". But yes, i agree about the temples. The solution isn't going back, it is going forward. Education, openness, equal status for men and women everywhere and more awareness are the key stepping stones. Not hypocrisy or overly positive dreams about a forgotten culture.
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                    ak27
                    Jan 16, 2014 at 4:57 pm
                    The rise and fall of aam admi party!
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                      M S
                      Jan 17, 2014 at 5:06 am
                      AK only knows how to talk like a present day politician who lies and twists without actually doing any work worth remembering.
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                        M S
                        Jan 17, 2014 at 5:02 am
                        I agree with you fully, Sir.
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                          Kunal
                          Jan 16, 2014 at 3:20 pm
                          "I am going to tell him in *Strong Words* that citizens of Delhi will not be a mute spectator," said Kejriwal...Well Well Well.... Naya Manmohan Singh on the way.Bhai, you are the CM of Delhi, Action Lo, Baate to Tumne se Pahle se hi Bahut Kar Rakhi hain!Delhi doesn't want such a Helpless CM... So #QuitAAP!Oh! This is your Action :
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                            Roy
                            Jan 17, 2014 at 5:58 am
                            The point you make is valid, that of moral education. This though is tricky. There needs to be a mechanism that educates different sections of our society based on their age, their language, their financial status, their means of access to information. I do not see media contributing enough as well as well, ( Aamir is doing his bit ) there needs to be more primetime and educational space provided to this. And this is just one dimension of approaching the problem.Fear of law, ability to trace perpetrators within hours of the crime and prosecute is a huge deterrent that your comment discounts. Delhi Police is hamstrung, we all know it. Lack of support structure, staff and being under control by the union are huge challenges that the AAP govt. faces. I give the ministers credit for doing something about the problems at hand. I don’t see with police not doing their jobs, what else could do?
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                              Sachin Khandelwal
                              Jan 16, 2014 at 2:56 pm
                              Compatriots,the media hyped AAP is going downhill. Itsship powered by the corrupt ruling dynasty is fast sinking amidst contradictionsin its promises and actions. Kejriwal,Bhushan & his blue-e mango men (“aam aadmi” aka AA) seem to declare "Iand the people who support me are all good and I rate them AA and you all OAAs(“Other Aadmi & Aurat”) are fit to be abused and despised". Justnegative slogans, regressive mind-set, and no development agenda. Fellowcountrymen, join NaMo to kick out these egoists along with their erstwhile nemesisturned supporters namely the corrupt ruling dynasty. NaMo has a proven track record of fulfilling hispromise of a strong vibrant progressive proud India.
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                                pappu
                                Jan 16, 2014 at 5:35 pm
                                totally baseless answer, by my friend Nandau r saying women should be left to the menu need a Psychiatrist
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                                  Subramanian Venkatraman
                                  Jan 17, 2014 at 5:36 am
                                  This 'know-all' and 'holier than thou' atude of AAP ministers will be the cause of their own downfall. They have not yet tasted the activities of agent provocateurs and when they become active, these ministers will not be able to find a safe place including courts. I will earnestly request them to be more cautious in their activities. They may find the slogan mongering crowds very intoxicating, but when these ministers are hauled up before courts, the mes can do nothing. Why cannot they see what has been achieved in the m movements in Egypt and Syria? A big zero. It takes years of 'organized' m movements which are likely to bear fruits. Not spontaneous m protests. We have seen so many such protests in recent days. What has been the result? Anything concrete or worthwhile? Zero. Get down from high horses, AAP! Nobody, probably except your well heeled members, will be interested in your activities in a month; Not even the unemplo and college students. Once elections are announced TV channels will have a lot more to get the eyeballs of viewers than your antics, however laudable they might be.
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                                    Citizen
                                    Jan 16, 2014 at 2:46 pm
                                    Yes they compromised just like you to grab power to be yek din ka sultan of Delhi???? Before you called the other party corrupt and it is as seen by scams but you joined hands with them for what??? Jaihind
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                                      Vijay Ranade
                                      Jan 17, 2014 at 5:04 am
                                      Law and order in delhi is not at all satisfactory and police and politicians are to blamed for this situation. Hope Arvindji will give shock treatment to police dept.
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                                        dr vikas
                                        Jan 16, 2014 at 5:36 pm
                                        HOME MINISTER OF INDIA IS THE REAL CULPRIT THESE WORKERS AND DRUG LORD PAY HAFTA TO POLICE WHICH IS THEN PAID TO TO DEPARTMENT OF HM
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                                          dr vikas
                                          Jan 16, 2014 at 5:43 pm
                                          R K SINGH FORMER HOME SECRETARY HAS ALREADY POINTED ABOUT CORRUPTION ,
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                                            robyoung
                                            Jan 16, 2014 at 5:08 pm
                                            Long back realized the real motive of farziwal....that's why this word was coined....he has fooled people of Delhi...now he is planning to fool the country....now they are behaving like a gunda...look at his ministers and farziwal supporting him.....dangerous for the country....Delhi u made a mistake....
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