In first comments after assuming charge of the Delhi Police on Wednesday,Commissioner Bhim Sain Bassi reached out to the family of the 19-year-old motorcyclist who was shot dead by a police officer Saturday night.
Bassi said,I feel for the family. These bikers who come out in groups and perform dangerous stunts are misguided youth and have to be dissuaded through persuasion. They are not sinners. This menace has to be tackled and we need to think of non-violent,less lethal ways to end it.
On Saturday night,Karan Pandey who was riding pillion was killed and his friend Puneet Sharma injured when police opened fire after a group of motorcyclists performing stunts on the road allegedly pelted stones at police. Though a magisterial probe has been ordered into the incident,no action has been taken against the police officer who shot Karan. Police claimed that the officer was shooting at the tyre and the bullet hit Karan as they were performing a wheelie.
Bassi on Wednesday said these youth,who perform stunts,not only endanger the lives of others but also their own. This is a menace that needs to be dealt with a heavy hand, he said.
He further said apart from booking such bikers under the Motor Vehicles Act,they would also be charged under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.
Stressing the need to dissuade bikers from breaking the law,he said police would identify and contact motorcycle groups to help spread awareness and discourage youth indulging in such activities.
The message should also be spread through social media and a campaign should be run. The families and parents should make sure that they inculcate good values in their children, Bassi said.
Emotional Neeraj Kumar bids adieu
After 37 years in the police force,Neeraj Kumar,who handed over charge to B S Bassi on Wednesday,became emotional while addressing the force for the last time at his farewell parade.
In a choked voice,Kumar said he was experiencing mixed emotions. I am happy that I served this force in various posts and,in the end,I got the chance to become the commissioner. However,I am sad because it is the last day I would see myself in this uniform. Today after completing 37 years in service,I retire, he said.
For a true police officer,his uniform is both his meaning and objective. Every day of my 37 years of service,all I have thought about is the force. Now it is time to accept that this journey has come to an end, a teary-eyed Kumar said.
I got the courage to face many challenges because I knew that I have force of 80,000 officers to back me. Today,I proudly say that our force is the best in the country, Kumar said.