Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has complained to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) that Delhi Police are not cooperating with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government. He has listed 10 points in a letter to the MHA sent on November 7. It includes an allegation that the police are “hounding” AAP MLAs by digging up old cases and creating new ones against them.
The MHA has asked the Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi to reply to the points raised at the “earliest”. Security at hospitals, law and order, transfer/posting of police officers, Meenakshi murder case (the 19-year-old was stabbed to death, allegedly by her neighbours on July 16 in Anand Parbat), FIR not filed in VAT and water tanker cases, threat to sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs) and security of officers are among points raised by the CM.
On security at hospitals, the letter notes incidents of violence against doctors are frequent. Resident doctors went on strike in June against the attacks and the government was constrained to impose ESMA, states the letter. Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung “directed the Delhi Police to provide protection to doctors in hospital,” but “they took no action to prevent attacks and no inquiry was conducted”, adds the letter.
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On law and order, the letter cites snatching of a chain of a woman police official deployed outside the CM’s residence on July 3. “Minister in-charge (home) called the police commissioner in the afternoon the same day about the action taken… and learnt the police commissioner was not even aware of the incident. The commissioner… told the minister this was not the only case with the police, there were several other important cases under his charge.”
The letter adds the police commissioner has not acted on a request by the CM’s office to upload the name, mobile number and area of each beat constable on the police website so that the people may contact them if they need help. The letter also states the police commissioner has not given the government a copy of the transfer posting policy of the Delhi Police and a list of officers who are in a post beyond the period mentioned in the policy.
On the Meenakshi murder case, the letter claims the police have not given the government the status report, despite the minister (home) writing to the commissioner. The letter also alleges the police have threatened to implicate SDMs “in fabricated cases, if they attempt to address the grievances of public which are related to police excesses”.