2 ACPs suspended, L-G lists security details

As protests over the gangrape of a 23-year-old paramedic student in a bus last week continued, Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna on Monday suspended two police officers for dereliction of duty on December 16.

Khanna, who cut short his personal trip to the United States and returned to Delhi, said he has called for an explanation from two more police officers before deciding on action against them.

"Mohan Singh Dabas, Assistant Commissioner (Traffic), and Yad Ram, Assistant Commissioner (PCR), have been placed under suspension with immediate effect in view of prima facie failure to prevent the incident. Explanations of the supervisory officers at the level of the deputy commissioner of police have also been called and further action will be taken on its receipt," Khanna said.

Three junior police personnel were suspended on Saturday for oversight on the fateful night when the bus travelled for nearly an hour in South Delhi unchecked. Dikshit had on Sunday called for action against senior police officers.

Besides disciplinary action, Khanna met senior police officers, women rights activists and student groups and announced a slew of measures for women safety.

Khanna said all drivers of public service vehicles will need to have a photo identity on their public service badge to ensure better safety.

Copies of such badges will have to be displayed on the front windscreen as well as in the passenger seating area. At present, public service badges of drivers do not have photo IDs, a reason why there is no checking of the drivers that commit crimes," Khanna said.

Khanna also said the biometric identification system proposed for the Indira Gandhi International Airport two years back is still waiting to take off.

"It was found that a great number of those drivers have previous criminal records. So photo IDs of drivers should be made mandatory. Proper lighting of streets will be ensured in a time-bound manner," Khanna said.

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