After Delhi High Court’s strong displeasure over the action-taken report in the gangrape case, Union Home Secretary R K Singh on Friday defended city Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar saying that the cops have done a great job to crack the blind case.
“There is no reason for the Delhi Police to be defensive. They have investigated and caught five of the six culprits. If we think dispassionately, any case cracked in one or two days is brilliant work,” Singh said.
He also assured a better policing in the future saying that the kind of policing we have would ensure that everyone could move in the city day and night without any fear. The hurriedly called press conference addressed jointly by the Home Secretary and Neeraj was widely seen as a reaction to public outrage seeking the head of police commissioner for lax policing in the city. Reacting to people’s demands, Singh said this is an incident which shook all of us. Police have done an outstanding work in cracking the case.
“What citizen wants is proper investigation and efficient prosecution and finally guilty must be brought to book. All of this is happening. Five people have been arrested in the gangrape case and one more is to be arrested. We will file chargesheet in the case very soon. After this the trial will start and we will ask for maximum penalty which is life imprisonment,” Singh said. Singh also said that he investigated the police role in handling the particular case and found no lapses on their part. “I looked at the response of Police Control Room (PCR) and I asked for the time of reporting and van’s visit at the spot. I was thinking could they have reached earlier. And was the probe quick and efficient? Prima facie I see on both these accounts, they were satisfactory,” Singh Said.
Neeraj said all the six accused in the gangrape case would be charged under Section 307 of IPC -- attempt to murder, Section 376 (2)(G) - gang rape, Section 377 - unnatural offences and sections 365 - kidnapping, apart from other relevant sections.
“We have called in the Central Forensic Science Laboratory team. All the forensic evidence has been collected from the bus. The fifth accused was nabbed on Thursday,” he said.