New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday lashed out at the Congress-led UPA Government for using water canons and baton charging women and youth protesting over the brutal gang-rape of a 23-year-old girl, saying this act would add more fuel to the fire.
BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said it is a spontaneous reaction of the people, and not a programme organised by any political party or organisation.
"This protest is against the failure of the Delhi Government and outrage over the brutal crime. And if you use tear shells and water canons and baton charge these youngsters, then I think it will only add fuel to fire. The government is treating the entire issue very casually," said Naqvi.
"The Home Minister begins to move around in a bus as if the criminal would again commit such an offence in a bus," he added, while hitting out at Minister of State for Home R.P.N. Singh.
Amid growing concerns over security on the streets of the national capital during night, R.P.N Singh travelled in a bus last night to witness the actual scenario.
Naqvi further said the people want that an effective action plan on part of the government should come before the country.
"It is high time that we strengthen the laws in our country," he added, while emphasizing that the police and the investigating agencies should be given more power so as to ensure that nobody ever dares to commit such a heinous crime.
There was chaos outside the North Block here this morning as the police resorted to baton charge and used water cannons to dispel the scores of protestors demanding the safety of women.
Hundreds of young students marched towards the Rashtrapati Bhavan here demanding justice for the gang-rape victim. Former Army Chief General (Retd.)
V.K. Singh joined the protestors at the India Gate.
The young students, who marched through Rajpath towards Raisina Hill where Rashtrapati Bhavan, Prime Minister's Office and Home Ministry are located. They broke the security cordon erected on Rajpath and managed to reach near Raisina Hills where they were stopped.
Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh earlier on Friday said the government would demand life punishment for those accused of the gang-rape of a girl on a moving bus.
"Since this is an aggravated and a very serious case, it is our intention to demand for maximum punishment. Under the law, the maximum punishment for such a crime is life imprisonment. We will demand that and in addition Section 307 has also been imposed because we believe it to be intent to murder. I believe that we will very soon get a conviction in this case," he told mediapersons here.
Singh, who lauded the Delhi Police for prompt action in this case, said misbehaviour with women will not be tolerated and police action will be visible on the ground.
The Home Secretary informed that a large number of buses, which are actually contract carriages and have been illegally plying, have been impounded.
Taking about the government's next course of action, Singh said that every bus whether it is a DTC bus or a contract bus would be checked thoroughly in future.
The Home Secretary said the government is in touch with the victim and will provide all kinds of assistance required.
Delhi Police submitted its status report to the high court on Friday in connection with this case. The court, however, pulled up the Delhi Police and asked whether any action has been taken against erring officials who were on duty on the day.
The girl, who was gang-raped and attacked with an iron rod, is presently being treated at the Safdarjung Hospital here.
The girl, who has lost most of her intestine after doctors performed an elective abdominal surgery on her and removed her gangrenous small intestine, is said to be stable now.