It’s time Delhi Police ruled the streets



A day before the 150th anniversary of the Indian police was being celebrated at the Chanakyapuri Sports Complex in Delhi on December 8, a top officer of elite National Security Guards (NSG) met his counterpart in Intelligence Bureau, the organizers of the event, to say it would be very difficult of the Black Cats Commandos to perform a slithering operation from a Mi-17 helicopter–similar to 26/11 operations–as there were far too many trees and it was windy too. The Intelligence Bureau Special Director looked askance at the NSG officer and said does his force wait for ideal conditions before launching a counter-terror operation.

The NSG excuse is similar to the one offered by Delhi Police commissioner Neeraj Kumar who smugly observed that the three police control vans which were in the vicinity when a 23-year-old woman was horrendously raped last Sunday, could not take action as there was no call, no alert, no SMS or unusual activity while the crime was taking place on the Outer Ring Road. Surely, Kumar did not expect that the rapists out “on a joy ride” would allow the victim to raise her voice.

So while the nine policemen in three PCR vans were perhaps sipping hot tea at a friendly dhaba at Munirka, IIT Gate or Dhaula Kuan, the predators were on loose on the streets. With GPS devices fitted in all the three PCR vans, it will not be very difficult for Kumar to find out what his team was up to Sunday night. While the location of the PCRs and its managers can be accounted for that night, what about the beat officers and the Vasant Vihar police station, which is just next to the Munirka flyover. Every time a major crime is committed in Delhi, its police say that it is stretched on account on VVIP duties or it does not have enough men, machine or what have you. The facts are as follows:

* Delhi had 405.25 policemen per 100,000 of population in 2007, which is more than Britain(267.8), Australia (325.4), Canada (186.3) and Japan (152.3) during the same year.

* Delhi has one policeman per 223 persons as compared to West Bengal (1,239), Rajasthan (847), Maharashtra (721) and Uttar Pradesh (543). The only states that do better than Delhi are strife-torn Jammu and Kashmir (174), Manipur (87) and Tripura (82). These figures are as on January 1, 2011, according to a Home Ministry report.

* Delhi with an area of 1,483 square kilometers has one policeman per 0.02 square kilometers of area with nearly eight vehicles available per 100 policemen. Hardly any state in the country can beat this figure.

Yet, Delhi Police has always been leaden-footed in its response. Its pre-emptive capabilities are always in question and its post-crime glib justifications are dime a dozen. The brazen way in which the crime was committed on a major South Delhi artery on Sunday night shows that Delhi Police has failed to enforce the writ of law. Simply put, Delhi Police’s clout cannot deter the criminals to stay at home or worse the criminals know that they can always strike a deal with the law enforcers. The fact is that rather thumping the pavements of his beat, the constable handles more lucrative assignments and is constantly on the mobile phone. Despite there being more than 650 PCR vans prowling the city (they are provided tea and biscuits at night in winter), women in the city just don’t find themselves safe. The city, it seems, is left to its own at night with predators on the streets barring a few road check barriers with bored policemen watching the vehicles go by.

Can Commissioner Kumar find out whether any SHO, ACP, DCP, or Joint CP was on patrol that Sunday night in South West Delhi? It is normal practice that senior officers patrol areas under their jurisdiction by turns. Was any senior police officer patrolling South West Delhi Sunday night? The answer would probably be no as police officers like all human beings are more prone to socializing on Sunday evenings. So rather than adding more khakis or police vans to Delhi Police, time has come to make the law enforcers more accountable. This cannot be done by simply handing over the reins of Delhi Police from the Union Home Ministry to the Sheila Dikshit government.

Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde needs to take some tough steps by doling out exemplary punishment to those police officers found truant on that Sunday night. He needs to set an example that indifferent policing cannot be tolerated. But in a country where not even a single policeman lost his job even after 166 people were massacred in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks this is easier said than done.

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  • videh kumar

    I have just read a news item where it was mentioned that case against a rapist was recommended by the Delhi Police for withdrawal in the interest of public goods. So attitude of Delhi Police is really great. No wonder rapists keep getting bails. If this is correct I feel soon the slogan on Police petrol Vans will be read as Delhi Police ke haath Rapists ke saath. So Neeraj / Shinde Saheb, hope you all will do some thing seriously to change this impression.

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  • abhishek

    Neeraj Saab, time to be a naukar of public has come.

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  • Ramesh Kumar

    ALL THESE TECNICALITIES ARE MEANINGLESS.POLICEKNOWS FOR WHOM THEY ARE WORKING.THEY KNOW FOR WHOM THEIR BOSSES WORKING.WHY A HONEST POLICE OFFICER LIKE KIRAN BEDI DOESNOT BECOME HEAD OF DELHI POLICE.? HOW MUCH POLICE IS ENGAGED IN GAURDING OUR VERY POPULAR LEADERS.? NOT ONLY TOP LEADERS ,BUT THEIR CHILDERN AND GRAND CHILDERN GET BLACK COMMANDOES.WHY?
    MR.GUPTA YOU CANNOT TALK OF REAL ISSUES ,THAT IS YOUR PROBLEM.
    SO FORGET IT.ONLY SOLUTION IS ,PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO LEARN FROM BENGAL.JUSTICE BY PEOPLE.
    WE HAVE SEEN CAPABILITY OF HOME MINISTER AND DELHI POLICE WHEN THEY ATTACKED SLEEPING PUBLIC IN RAMLILA GROUND.HINDU RAMDEV A SAINT ONLY CAN BE ATTACKED BY DELHI POLICE.
    DP IS HELPLESS EVEN WHEN THEIR OWN HONEST OFFICERS ARE DELBERATELY CRUSHED BY SPEEDING CARS.

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    DTH Reply:

    I feel the same way s you. Delhi Police is a corrupt, and useless organization. There is NO WAY it will ever reform from within itself. Only hope is Justice BY THE PEOPLE – we just will have to do whatever it takes to get rid of this official menace! I think that’s what is root of all insurgencies – when people cannot take official corruption, lack of any morals anymore. India is fast approach that with all branches corrupt to the core…

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  • citizen of banana republic

    when all the police appointments are being done using the political connections then what else you can expect. Congress is raping the people of india and these mother ****** on the open roads of delhi are raping our friends and family members.

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  • ANGRY

    Forget about fixing this corrupt and useless police force of 85,000. Can you believe that number ??? WOW. Just blew me away. OUR TAXES pay for these lousy incompetent fools who are little more than thugs who will shakedow the poor, prey on the innocent and rule with fear those who enter police stations. India needs a revolution. STOP PAYING YOUR TAXES until those idiots in parliament who are elected to serve this nation actually do so by holding people accountable. They have raped this country so much that rape of women is “normal” in their world. Wake up Indians. Stop being passive. There are 1.2 billion of you – stand up and do something like other countries have done.Get rid of the idiots or accept your lot.

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  • Angad Chaudhry

    My fellow citizens: Let’s not beat around the bush and blame Kumar or Shinde or Dikshit or Delhi Police or the lack of laws or late justice or……The root cause of the root cause of extreme crime in most parts of India is “Rishwat”. Let me connect the dots for you. Safety on streets can only be there if majority of police’s attention is there to patrol the streets for crime, respond to crime quickly……. But what if police attention is somewhere else?? What if noone in police dept cares about crime? What if noone gets fired for too much crime (instead gets fired for not passing portions of bribes upstairs)? In India, when the policeman leaves home to go to work, do you think he is thinking what he can do to lower crime today? No, he is thinking how to increase the bribe amount—-where to go, whom to threaten, how much to demand………The police on the street is there to collect bribes from all kind of sources rather than protect the citizens. In bribes they get money; in protection they may get killed. So why would the crime not increase? We have no police—every citizen knows that——they refuse to accept an FIR, they come to the crime scene when every else has gone home, they refuse to patrol the streets, they refuse to have bonafide intelligence system. Why? Because there is no money in any of these while bribe = free money. Why do they collect bribes? Answer: So that they can keep some and pass some to their boss who, in turn, keeps some and pass some upstairs……..right up to the top brass. The top brasses demand bribes from their sub-ordinates and, if they don’t, they are discarded to security jobs, to police training, to far way places……..So every policeman’s attention every minute is on where to attack for bribes not to protect the citizens. You can dance around this subject but in the end you will come to the root cause: demand for bribes everywhere by everybody all the time is the root cause of most of the evils in India, including ineffective police. To minimize crime, we need to eliminate the word bribe from the Indian Politicians / Administration and Judicial dictionaries. My fellow citizens: vote only for those people whose explicit agenda is annihilate bribes (rare honest individuals regardless of party, honest Mr. Modi even though he is tainted with the blood of many, Kejriwal’s party……). If you keep electing bribe-taking people, we would have repeat cases of the kind we are discussing right now and you wold be dancing around random subjects while many innocent women would be raped brutally. Think and vote for ultra honest bribe-killing politicians ONLY.

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  • Abigailsmith

    In actual way the delhi Police is totally corrupt and does not provide a security to the girls and woman in the capital even 16 december 2012 gangrape is just a example and Latest news 5 year old little girl had been gang rape and Police was give a bribe to Little girl parent for the silence against this Rape.I want to know that when Delhi will improve our behaviour about citizen .Shame delhi Police.

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