Kejriwal, AAP Ministers, MLAs to Protest Outside Home Ministry
By PTI | Published: 17th January 2014 09:04 PM |
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, all his cabinet colleagues and AAP MLAs will stage a dharna outside Home Ministry from Monday if punitive action is not taken against policemen allegedly involved in tiffs with two Ministers of Delhi government.
"We will sit on dharna outside Home Minister's office from 11 AM on Monday if our demand for suspension of police officials is not met," senior Delhi Minister Manish Sisodia said.
He said in the meeting with Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, Kejriwal demanded action against the policemen who refused to cooperate with Law Minister Somnath Bharti in cracking down on an alleged prostitution ring in South Delhi two days back.
The AAP government also sought action against a policeman who had tiff with Women and Child Development Minister Rakhi Birla in Sagarpur of West Delhi. The Chief Minister had also blamed police for the way in which it handled the gangrape case of a Danish tourist on Tuesday.
In his meeting with Shinde, Kejriwal demanded suspension of SHO of Malviya Nagar and two ACPs for refusing to take action against the alleged sex and drug ring.
He also demanded action against Sagarpur SHO for involvement in an altercation with Birla.
Officials said the Chief Minister has informed the Home Minister that in case his ministry does not suspend the four policemen by 10 AM, Monday, he will be forced to sit on a dharna along with his cabinet colleagues and MLAs from 11 AM outside the North Block.
Sisodia said the Chief Minister brought to the notice of the Union Home Minister the growing incidents of heinous crimes in the capital, particularly against women, including the brutal gangrape of the Danish tourist.
Kejriwal termed as "callousness" Delhi Police's handling of the "serious situation".
The Chief Minister apprised the Home Minister about two recent incidents of alleged collusion between Delhi Police and criminals in two different areas of the city.
Kejriwal also handed over a letter about the series of incidents of crimes in the capital to Shinde.
"The Delhi government has informed the central government about the indifferent attitude of Delhi Police in making the capital safe for its citizens," said an official.
The Chief Minister has also appealed to the people of Delhi to join the dharna. He particularly asked those facing hardships due to "non-cooperative and unprofessional attitude" of the police to join the protest.