CM slams police, govt seeks report from Bassi in 48 hours

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the family of a 19-year-old girl, who was stabbed to death in Anand Parbat area on Thursday, and ordered a magisterial probe into the case. The Chief Minister also slammed the Delhi Police for the “deteriorating” law and order situation in the national Capital.

Kejriwal, accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, visited the girl’s family and assured them of all possible help. Sisodia has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the case and asked the District Magistrate to submit his report at the earliest, a senior government official said.

The victim, Meenakshi, was allegedly stabbed to death by two brothers, after she objected to their verbally abusing her. The girl was returning home from a market when the incident took place. 

The brothers were identified as Jai Parkash and Ajay. While Jai Prakash was arrested on Friday, Ajay was apprehended on Saturday. The duo has been sent to 14-day judicial custody, sources said.

“The law and order situation in Delhi is deteriorating with each passing day. The Delhi Police come under the Prime Minister. Either he should do something or the Delhi Police should be handed over to the Delhi government,” Kejriwal said.

Asserting that the Delhi Police should be handed over to the city government, the Chief Minister said: “If the police is not answerable to the Delhi government, then how will they be held accountable? Right now, the Delhi Police is a law unto itself.” 

Earlier in the day, Delhi Home Minister Satyender Jain wrote a letter to Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi, seeking an explanation on why no FIR was registered against the accused despite repeated complaints from the victim’s family.

Kejriwal said considering the deteriorating law and order situation in the Capital, “the Prime Minister should start giving 2-3 hours each week to review the situation.” He added: “We have ordered a magisterial enquiry into the case. Delhi Home Minister has asked a report from Delhi Police commissioner in 48 hours.”

The CM said that he would summon the Delhi Police commissioner on Monday to discuss this case and the prevailing law and order situation in the national Capital. 

Jain said Delhi Police’s inaction in providing security to Meenakshi led to her murder. She died after being stabbed 35 times by one Jai Prakash and his brother who were allegedly stalking her for a long time.

“The family of the deceased girl (Meenakshi) had filed numerous complaints against the accused Jai Prakash since 2013 with the local police alleging that he used to stalk her, but no FIR was registered by the police,” said Jain.

This matter should be examined closely with detailed scrutiny from vigilance and criminal angle, he said. Jain added the detailed scrutiny should also include identification and fixing of responsibility for lapses of the police personnel and officers handling past complaints lodged by the girl’s family.

“The report, which is to be submitted to the government should also include identification of lapse of senior police officers in reviewing law and order situation pertaining to crime against women vis-a-vis past complaints lodged by the family of the deceased and fixing of responsibility thereof for the failure of supervisory control leading to stated particular crime,” he said.

In his letter, Jain also asked the police as to what measures have been adopted to ensure women’s security in the Capital since the December 16 gang-rape case in 2012.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) also blamed the police for the deteriorating law and order situation in the city.

“In the past few weeks, several incidents of crime against women have been reported. Most of them being heinous in nature and against women. The news of a teenage girl stabbed to death by her molesters, while the police refused to lodge her parents’ complaint is shocking and has brought to light the inefficiency and indifference of the Delhi Police towards protecting people,” said AAP’s Delhi convener Dilip Pandey.

Newly-appointed Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal also visited Meenakshi’s family. 

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