New Delhi: Lashing out at the Delhi Police in public, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who was on Monday stopped by cops to protest at the union Home Ministry premises, claimed that Delhi and its people live under the threat of the police’s ‘dadagiri’ and that his government will protest to end this highhandedness.
Declaring the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and its government will launch a 10-day protest if action is not taken against cops who shy away from responsibility, Kejriwal stated, “When rapes happen, police say we are investigating. But that is not enough. If a rape happens someone has to be held accountable for that.”
Ironically Kejriwal is the Delhi CM and his protests ahead of the Republic Day may spell security hassles for the police force he is taking on. Admitting defiantly that his ways are fueling anarchy, the AAP chief declared, "I accept I'm an anarchist, I will spread anarchy to Shinde's place."
He also asked police officers to quit their jobs and join the demonstration.
Asking his supporters to join in protest against the alleged apathy and inaction of the Delhi police and also the union Home Ministry, Kejriwal said, “What should a minister do? Relax at home or demand justice for the people and serve them? Police run a dadagiri here. They take bribes from the people. Take money from autowallahs, from slum dwellers. Even if you try to build a house police come ask for money. We are not here for ourselves, we are here for the public.”
Alleging that the police had told his Law Minister Somnath Bharti to ‘sleep under the quilt’ and not conduct midnight raids, Kejriwal demanded, “How can police tell the minister to relax and not raid? Is a minister there to relax or serve the people?”
“We demanded the suspension of police officials on duty in the area where the Danish woman was raped. Have we done any wrong?” the Delhi CM asked.
Kejriwal who has been criticised by many for breaking the law and staging a ‘dharna’ when he is supposed to run the government, said that he had to hit the streets demanding ‘justice for rape victims, dowry victims and women forced to prostitution.’
He also cited one letter from the Uganda High Commission that praised Bharti’s ‘crackdown’ on Africans allegedly running sex rackets in Delhi.
Maintain dignity, Shinde tells Kejriwal
Asking Kejriwal to maintain the dignity of the office he holds, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Monday ruled out any action against Delhi Police personnel till an inquiry is over. Talking to reporters here, he also made it clear that the Centre will not hand over Delhi Police to the state government.
Asked about the 'dharna' being led by Kejriwal outside Rail Bhavan, Shinde said, "He should maintain 'garima' (dignity) of the chair of Chief Minister and wait till the judicial probe is completed. After all he is a Chief Minister...,(which is) a high post. He should cooperate."
"Ordering judicial inquiry means fixing of responsibility in an impartial manner. There is no interference in the probe. The Lt Governor has made it clear that the probe will be expedited. After Nirbhaya (case), we have said there should be section 144 CrPC always in Vijay Chowk and other nearby areas. If they want to protest, they should go to Jantar Mantar."
Shinde ruled out any move to hand over Delhi Police to Delhi government as demanded by Kejriwal and said even in the United States, Washington DC is under the federal authorities. "The demand for handing over of Delhi Police to Delhi government has been an old one. Like in the US -- Washington DC, the concept is that the capital is under the Centre. This (demand) is not possible."
To a question about allegations by AAP that anarchy in Delhi was because of Congress and BJP, Shinde said, "The whole country is witnessing where is anarchy and who is creating anarchy."
Terrorists plotting Kejriwal's abduction
Terror outfit Indian Mujahideen is planning to abduct CM Kejriwal for release of its key member Yaseen Bhatkal who was arrested from Indo-Nepal border on August 27 last year, police sources claimed on Sunday.
A team from the security wing of Delhi Police has briefed Kejriwal about this threat and requested him to take 'Z' category security cover, the top sources said. However, it was not immediately clear what was the response of the Delhi Chief Minister in this regard. Senior Police officials said that they have received an input in this regard from intelligence agencies.
Kejriwal has been declining to take security cover keeping up with his Aam Aadmi Party's policy to end VIP culture in politics.
A special NIA court on Friday allowed the plea by Karnataka Police to interrogate Bhatkal, 30 in connection with the blasts at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore in April, 2010. Bhatkal, who hails from Bhatkal village in Udupi district of north Karnataka, was allegedly involved in a string of terror attacks in Ahmedabad, Surat, Bangalore, Pune, Delhi and Hyderabad, the NIA had said.