Arvind Kejriwal vs Delhi Police: Meeting to ‘Clear Misconceptions,’ Says Top Cop Bassi

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By DoThe Best July 20, 2015 09:55

Arvind Kejriwal vs Delhi Police: Meeting to ‘Clear Misconceptions,’ Says Top Cop Bassi

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called police chief BS Bassi for a meeting today against the backdrop of a running feud since the Aam Aadmi Party government took charge in February. The murder of a 19-year-old girl – stabbed 35 times for protesting harassment – has been held up by Mr Kejriwal as an example of rising crimes on Delhi Police watch.

Mr Bassi has said that he will try and tackle “misconceptions” about his force during his meeting with the Chief Minister this afternoon.

“There is a possibility of him telling something useful to us and maybe I will give him something which will make him informative towards policing because I have been working for 38 years in the department. As a professional police officer it is my duty that I should remove any misconceptions about policing. I have a good opportunity with the meeting to clear misconception if any,” he told reporters.

The transfer of Delhi Police from the Centre to the state government has been a key demand of Mr Kejriwal, who said on Sunday: “I request Prime Minister Narendra Modi with folded hands that the control of the Delhi Police be handed over to us. He has to run the whole country.”

He added, “I am not saying Delhi Police officials are wrong. They are very good people and are working but the system is bad.”

The AAP government believes the murder of a teen in west Delhi last week has bolstered its case for the takeover of Delhi Police. At the neighbourhood where the girl stayed, say officials, people had complained to the Chief Minister and his deputy Manish Sisodia about poor policing.

The bitterness between AAP and the Delhi police has amplified in the past month with the arrest of two leaders of the party, including former Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar, who has been accused of faking his law degree.

In the middle of the row, two Delhi police constables have filed a complaint of “criminal defamation” against the Chief Minister for allegedly using in an interview the slang “thulla,” viewed as a derogatory term for cops.

DoThe Best
By DoThe Best July 20, 2015 09:55
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