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Centre reviews security in Delhi

Centre reviews security in Delhi
In the wake of Delhi gangrape incident, the government on Wednesday reviewed the law and order situation in the national capital and directed the Delhi Police to beef up security, especially for women, and expedite pending criminal cases. In separate meetings with Delhi Lieutenant Governor Tejinder Khanna, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde reviewed the security situation besides functioning of the police.

‘We have reviewed the law and order situation in Delhi. Security of common people and women is our prime concern. I have also directed the police to expedite the pending criminal cases,’ Shinde told reporters here. He said several decisions have been taken to improve security in the city and he would announce them on Thursday.

The Home Ministry has already directed the police to register FIR on any complaint by women and those police officers failing to do so would be suspended immediately.

The Lieutenant Governor said he has discussed with the Home Minister how to improve security in Delhi and in particularly safety of women in public places.

Khanna said he would welcome people willing to meet him with their complaints and suggestions, especially on security- related issues. The Chief Minister said that she had conveyed to the Home Minister that the Centre must do something so that people feel secure in the capital. Dikshit said police has to be people-friendly, there should be perceptible change in police’s attitude and more women should be inducted into the force.

‘There should be intensified patrolling and more close-circuit television cameras should be installed in key places. People want action from their elected government. People come to me. I want to know what all can be done since law and order is not with us,’ she said.

The Delhi government has no control over the Delhi Police which is under the central government. Dikshit has been demanded handing over the control of the city police to her government.

She also said there was no need to use water canons when people were protesting outside her residence after the 16 December gangrape.


School buses will be allowed to ply in Delhi only after police verification and all discotheques have been ordered to close by 1 am by the Government in a bid to beef up security in the capital. Faced with complaints of delay by police in providing help against the backdrop of the Delhi gangrape incident, the Union Home Secretary-led task force, which was set up to look into security aspects of women in Delhi, also reviewed helpline No 100 and directed that whenever a call is received, the nearest PCR vehicle must reach the spot. It said every DTC and cluster bus must have a CCTV/Webcam and every member of the crew of a public transport vehicle must have a photo identify card latest by 1 March, duly verified by Delhi Police.

If this direction is not complied with, the Delhi Police will not allow these vehicles to ply.

‘No school should hire any transport vehicle of any kind without the owner and the rest of the crew being verified by Delhi Police. Such order and the police verification thereof must be completed by 1 February,’ the task force directed. It also decided that all stand alone discotheques and all five-star discotheques must close down the music by 12.30 am and completely close down by 1 am. On 21 December, government had ordered closure of all bar and pubs by 1 am in the capital as part of security measures in the wake of the Delhi gangrape on 16 December. The task force was constituted after huge public outrage following the gangrape. The task force, comprising officials from Central and Delhi governments, Delhi Police, municipal bodies, would meet every fortnight.

The meeting reviewed the status of different Helplines, PCR Vans, DTC/cluster bus service, working hours for discotheques and women help desks in Police Stations among other issues.
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