MP Sandeep Dikshit demands reshuffle of Delhi Police brass

Congress MP from East Delhi, Sandeep Dikshit on Monday demanded a reshuffle within the Delhi Police "to restore people's confidence in the police system". The Delhi Police is already facing flak over its use of force against people protesting against the gangrape of a 23-year-old paramedic student on December 16.

A few days ago, the sole eyewitness in the case — the victim's friend — had alleged that the police had reacted late on the night of the incident.

Though Dikshit denied that the government has demanded the resignation of Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar, he said: "If someone is transferred or shifted out, it does not mean that the person is the only one responsible for the lapse. But it is an issue of reposing faith, people's faith. The buck has to stop somewhere... Now it is up to the Home Minister, who will take a call."

He said the December 16 gangrape was unprecedented, and so were subsequent protests across the country. "The people of Delhi, and the entire country were united and spoke in one voice. And when such unprecedented incidents happen, the government should take action. I hope the Home Minister or others will take action and give a signal," Dikshit said.

He added that whatever signal the government gives, "it must restore people's faith in the policing system and the police should be more sensitive in future".

On the allegation levelled by the friend of the Delhi gangrape victim about the time taken by police to respond to their distress call, Dikshit said it was a serious charge and deserved to be investigated.

"To prevent any such incident in future, responsibility must be fixed. The Home Ministry and Justice Usha Mehra Committee will enquire into the allegations," he said.

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