Delhi rape: Lieutenant Guv clarifies US visit
Delhi's Lieutenant Governor Tejinder Khanna, who returned to India amid violent protests in the national capital over the gangrape issue, on Monday said he was not 'ordered to come back' from the US.
"I will like to clarify one thing now. I had taken the President's permission to meet my daughter in the US. I was not ordered to come back," Khanna said while addressing a press conference on Monday.
Khanna said the traffic police and PCR (police control room) vans did not perform their duties well on Dec 16 when a medical student was gangraped and brutalized on a moving bus in the national capital.
Khanna said: "We have decided to suspend two Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACPs)."
He said he has directed the Delhi Police Commissioner to seek explanations from from two Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs).
Khanna also highlighted numerous steps to be taken to ensure safety of women in the national capital.
"We have mandated that anytime a lady visits a police station with a complaint then it has to be recorded on the spot across all 161 police stations in Delhi," Khanna said.
Promising strict actions, he said: "Disciplinary action will be taken against an officer if we receive complaints of non cooperation against him."
"Drivers of public transport vehicles would have to wear ID badges. They will also need to carry photo IDs," he said.
He said he will review 'the security of the city' every three months.
Khanna on Monday hold a meeting with senior police officials and representatives from nearly ten women's rights organisations.
Meanwhile, as protests sweep New Delhi over the gangrape and brutalization of a medical student on a moving bus, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday reassured action and made an emotional appeal for the second time to people to maintain peace in the wake of Sunday's protester-cop clashes that left more than 140 people, including nearly 80 policemen injured.
Speaking to the nation in televised message, Singh said: "As the father of three daughters myself, I feel as strongly about this as each one of you."
"My wife, my family and I are all joined in our concern for the young woman who was the victim of this heinous crime. We are constantly monitoring her medical condition. Let us all pray for her and her loved ones during this critical time," he said.
"I feel deeply sad at the turn of event leading to clashes between protesters and police forces," he said adding that though the anger was justified, violence would serve no purpose.
Singh assured that the government would take all measures to ensure the security and safety of women.