Delhi Cops Sent on Leave to Buy Peace, Dharna Called Off
Reaching a compromise with the Central government, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday called off his protest after Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung “partially” accepted his demands and sent on leave two of the three Delhi Police officials—on whom Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) protestors were seeking action.
The second day of Kejriwal’s protest against the high-handedness of Delhi Police saw clashes between the law enforcers and volunteers of the AAP, who broke barricades to reach the protest site forcing police to resort to cane charge.
Calling it a “victory” for the people of Delhi, Kejriwal announced that the Lieutenant Governor, who is the administrative head of Delhi Police, had partially accepted their demands and has asked them to call off the protest in view of Republic Day celebrations.
“The Station House Officer of Malviya Nagar police station and in-charge of Paharganj PCR van in the Danish woman rape case have been sent on leave while in the third case, involving burning of a woman, all culprits have been arrested,” Kejriwal announced amid cheering by AAP supporters, who had turned up in large numbers in front of Rail Bhavan near Parliament.
Kejriwal promised to continue efforts to achieve full statehood for Delhi and making Delhi Police accountable. He read out from the letter of Jung, who assured them of expediting a judicial inquiry into alleged police inaction.
Kejriwal had on Friday met Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde seeking suspension of three SHOs in three cases: 1) gang-rape of a Danish woman, 2) Delhi Police’s refusal to raid an alleged drug-cum-prostitution racket involving Ugandan nationals in South Delhi after Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti sought action and 3) a tiff with Woman and Child Development Minister Rakhi Birla in a case involving the burning of a woman.
Kejriwal, along with his ministers spent Monday night at the protest site. Even heavy showers and cold winds on Tuesday didn’t deter the CM, who shifted to a car. He threatened to stall Republic Day celebrations if his demands were not met.
Timeline of AAP dharna