The face-off between the AAP government in Delhi and the the Delhi Police has taken yet another turn, wherein AAP workers and volunteers protesting against Delhi Police, at Anand Parbat area of the city, were lathicharged by police personnel.
The war of words culminated in a meeting between Delhi CM, Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi, on Monday. However, as per reports, the meeting could not be brought to a logical conclusion.
The strife between the two stemmed from the stabbing of a 19 year old teenaged girl by two brothers from her neighbourhood, in Anand Parbat area of Delhi. According to reports, the girl had had to pay the price of protesting against the boys’ verbal abuse hurled at her. The protesters are asking for the resignation of the SHO of the area.
Following the incident, Delhi CM Kejriwal, took on the Police for not maintaining proper law and order, and called a meeting with Bassi. Delhi Home Minister, Satyendra Jain, accused the Delhi Police of treating the case “lightly”, adding that its stance on the case was “objectionable”. Jain, who was also present at the meeting, said that Bassi tried to stonewall Kejriwal’s enquiries.
Defending himself against allegations of working at the behest of the Modi government at the Centre, BS Bassi claimed that the Delhi Police is “robustly independent” and that there is no political pressure on it because those in-charge of administrative control of police “have no local vested interests”.
Post the stabbing incident, the girl’s family had been promised a compensation of Rs 5 lakh by the Delhi government. Kejriwal has also ordered a magisterial probe into the case.