Citing the brutal murder of a teenager in central Delhi’s Anand Parbat area as an example of the deteriorating law and order situation in the capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should either do something to improve the situation or hand over control of the city’s police force to his government.
Kejriwal made the comment hours after he visited the family of 19-year-old Meenakshi, who was killed on Thursday after she was stabbed 35 times, allegedly by two brothers living in her neighbourhood in central Delhi’s Anand Parbat area. Her family has claimed that the arrested duo had molested her earlier and even threatened to throw acid on her face in 2013. The family had also complained to the police against the duo.
Kejriwal promised Rs 5 lakh to the victim’s family, but also told them that his hands were tied since his government had no authority over Delhi police.
The chief minister later tweeted , “Meenakshi ka katal dil dehla dene wala hai. Delhi mein kanoon vyavastha har din bigadti jaa rahi hai. Delhi police seedhe pradhan mantri ke under hai. Ya toh pradhan mantriji kuch karen aur ya phir Delhi police ko Delhi sarkar ko saunpe (Meenakshi’s murder was bone-chilling. The law and order in Delhi is deteriorating day-by-day. The Delhi police comes directly under the PM The PM should either do something or hand Delhi police over to the Delhi government)”.
The Delhi government has also ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident.
Meanwhile, in a strongly-worded letter to Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi, Home Minister Satyendra Jain sought a report in the case within two days. He also claimed that the Delhi police has abetted the killing of the teenager by failing to take action against the accused, although the victim’s family had filed complaints against them since 2013.
In his letter, Jain wrote, “It is beyond comprehension that a crime has perpetuated in the capital despite prior complaints. The inaction of the police failed to provide security to the deceased. The police has, in a way, abetted the crime by inaction.”
In his letter, Jain “requested” Bassi to submit a detailed report in the case in two days. He wrote, “This state of Delhi police even post Nirbhaya (the victim of the Delhi gangrape) is shocking.” The case should be closely examined “with detailed scrutiny from vigilance and criminal angle,” he said.
Jain enlisted five points that he wanted detailed — copies of past complaints lodged by the girl’s family, cogently evident actions taken by the police in these complaints, detailed reasons for not filing an FIR in a complaint pertaining to women’s security, identification and fixing responsibility of the lapses on the police’s part in handling the past complaints and “identification of lapses of senior police officers in reviewing law and order situation pertaining to crime against women vis-a-vis the past complaints and fixing of responsibility thereof of failure of supervisory control leading to stated particular crime.”