NEW DELHI: Keeping quiet on the mysterious death of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, Delhi police chief BS Bassi tried to shield his force on Monday stating that investigation is on in the case.
“The investigation is on in the matter and we are coordinating with a forensic team. If anything concrete comes out, we will share it,” Bassi said. The officer, however, kept quiet over the negligence on the part of the police in the case. When asked about negligence, he ignored the issue and repeated that inquest was on.
The mystery behind Sunanda’s death took a new twist earlier this month, when a 12-page post-mortem report prepared by a panel of three doctors and submitted to the police on September 30 clearly stated that the police was not cooperating with the doctors and were not providing crucial and important information to come up with a conclusive opinion. The report had also stated that she died of poisoning.
The Police Commissioner then refused to take cognisance of the report, saying “Forensic evidence available on the mysterious death of Sunanda is not conclusive and the inquest is still pending”.
“The evidence is not yet conclusive, as we have no proper forensic report and our inquest is pending. When we get a conclusive report only then can we reach a conclusion,” said Bassi. The commissioner also said the Delhi Police was competent enough to carry out the investigation.
Attacks on police
There had been a spate of attacks on police officials in the last few months, in which four cops were killed and an Assistant Commissioner of Police was critically injured. Over this, the Commissioner on Monday said they would launch a special training session for their personnel to deal with criminals while on duty.
“Our men are well-trained to deal with criminals, but they need more training,” Bassi said. The Deputy Commissioners concerned have been asked to provide special training sessions from time-to-time.
It is mandatory as per the Delhi Police Manual for policemen to attend training sessions every year but few policemen pay any heed to the rules.