Parliamentary panel questions Delhi Police chief

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 27, 2012 15:19 hrs

New Delhi: A parliamentary panel on Thursday questioned the Delhi Police chief over the gang-rape incident in the capital and said deficiencies like vacancies at officer level and lack of vehicles to patrol the streets existed.

Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar appeared before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home to face questions on 'growing atrocities against women in Delhi'.

Home Secretary R K Singh, who was also to appear before the panel, could not attend the meeting.

Kumar informed the panel about the sequence of events of the incident and said the police control room vans reacted "promptly" after receiving the phone call about the crime.

He is learnt to have told the committee that police investigations helped nab the accused within days of the December 16 gang rape of a 23-year-old in a moving bus in the capital.

During the course of the police commissioner's deposition, Congress member Sandeep Dikshit, who had recently demanded the resignation of Kumar in the wake of police action against protesters on Sunday, is understood to have said there was a disconnect between officers sitting in rooms and those on the ground.

He said that officials below Station House Officer rank act on their own giving little regard to orders from superiors.

Dikshit is the son of Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit who had been demanding that the Delhi Police be brought under the control of the city government. The Delhi Police is under the direct control of the Home Ministry.

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