New Police Chief Extends Olive Branch to AAP

Is Delhi Police developing a new bonhomie with the AAP government? Looks like this!

Published: 27th March 2016 08:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th March 2016 11:25 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Is Delhi Police developing a new bonhomie with the AAP government? Looks like this!

After a long feud, the city police under the leadership of its new commissioner Alok Kumar Verma, has asked all the deputy commissioners to meet local legislators every month and discuss the law and order-related issues.

New Police.jpgVerma, in a letter, has directed that “all district DCPs will hold meeting with the MLAs of their respective areas and address the issues raised by them.”

He also asked the deputy commissioners to keep the minutes of such meetings and send them to his office. “A copy should be marked invariably to the office of the Lieutenant Governor,” the letter stated.

This is quite significant, because in the past, the police often got into war of words with the state government. The police registered criminal cases against 27 AAP legislators and arrested five of them in the last one year. On January 29, MLA Mahendra Yadav was arrested on charges of rioting and assaulting a public servant.

The relationship between the government and the police soured with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal calling the cops ‘thulla’. The CM’s major bone of contention has been the fact that the Delhi Police is controlled by the Centre.

In the past, Kejriwal had also called top police officers “agents” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “In Delhi Police, the lower rung officers are very brave. Those in high profiles have become the agents of BJP and Modi,” Kejriwal had said, lashing out at the then Commissioner BS Bassi. In reply, Bassi, who retired last month, too attacked Kejriwal on various issues.

Stay up to date on all the latest The Sunday Standard news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp