Delhi in safe hands, assures police chief

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New Delhi Jan 16: Responding to state chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's allegations, police commissioner BS Bassi said Delhi is in 'safe hands'. There is no conflict with the state government, he stated.

"Delhi Police is capable of protecting people in the city...Delhi is in safe hands I would like to assure everyone in the city," said Bassi, about an hour after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had accused the city's police of being "a highly compromised force."

In his first media conference after the alleged gangrape of a Danish woman in the state, Kejriwal said, "Why are rapes happening in Delhi? If an incident does not happen in Delhi, it is not because of the Delhi Police but inspite of it."

Other ministers validated the chief minister's allegation. Law Minister Somnath Bharti said that police refused to investigate sex and drug trade in his constituency although he approached them after people complained to him about it. Bharti further alleged that Delhi police argued with him and refused to act.

Rakhi Birla, AAP's youngest minister who looks after women's affairs, accused police of protecting people who had allegedly attempted a murder for dowry.

Kejriwal demanded that the cops involved in the two incidents be suspended. "Delhi Police is compromising and its accountability should be fixed. The SHOs of Sagarpur and Malviya Nagar should be suspended for their negligence", the CM said. "How can Delhi Police say state ministers are interfering in their work? Police are just refusing to act against criminals", he added.

However, Bassi refused to comment, only saying, "I will have to get more details and then take necessary action."

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