Delhi: 2 top cops transferred, chief sent on leave

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New Delhi, April 29: A major shake-up was effected in Delhi Police on Monday. According to sources, senior officers of the Delhi Police were transferred while the chief, Neeraj Kumar, was asked to go on leave.

Two major security lapses in the national capital in the recent weeks has given serious headache for the Delhi Police. In the first incident, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and some of her cabinet colleagues were attacked by alleged Left student supporters at the Planning Commission here in the wake of the death of a left student leader in police custody in Kolkata.

The West Bengal finance minister, Amit Mitra, was manhandled by the agitators. An inquiry conducted by the home ministry said that there was poor coordination between the Delhi and Bengal police about Banerjee's movement. The Delhi Police drew flak for not failing to protect Mitra from being shoved around.

The second incident occurred just a day later when 150 demonstrators from Haryana forced their way into the residence of Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde. He was abroad on an official visit when the attack occurred. the home ministry found that the police was slow in reacting in this case also.

The Delhi Police also faced protest in the wake of the kidnap and brutal gangrape of a minor in the national capital. The police earned criticism for its alleged apathy towards the case. The minor gangarape revived the brutal gangrape and death of Nirbhaya just four months ago, which and also seen the national capital erupting in anger and frustration.

Demands for Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar gained voice but the latter refused to quit, saying he was not responsible for his force's failure.

Among the police officers who were transferred are Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), East, Prabhakar and DCP, South, Chaya Sharma. While the former was transferred as a fallout of the minor's gangrape and sent to PM's security. The latter, who was heading the Nirbhaya probe, was transferred to Mizoram.

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