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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.