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CM Arvind Kejriwal orders two magisterial probes into separate incidents


Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today ordered two separate magisterial inquiries into a violent clash at Burari in which two AAP MLAs were among those booked and an alleged gang-rape of an African woman in a moving car in East Delhi. The incident of violence had taken place at Burari last night and it has been alleged that the police did not register a case against those involved in allegedly molesting two kids.

The Delhi Government said aggrieved by the police inaction, a large number of local people approached Burari MLA Sanjeev Jha and Model Town legislator Akhilesh Tripathi and both along with the locals had gone to Burari police station to get an FIR registered against the alleged criminals. “It has been alleged that a police official pointed a rifle towards an elected MLA and it has also been alleged that some local people pelted stones on the police personnel,” said a government release.

It said Delhi government treats safety of children as an important issues and was committed to put an end to such shameful incidents. “It has been decided to institute a magisterial inquiry under the District Magistrate (North Delhi) to inquire about the circumstances and causes that led to this incident and to fix responsibility of government officials, agencies and elected representatives, any of whom may have acted against the law,” it said.

The probe was announced as the BJP attacked Kejriwal asking him to explain his stand on the conduct of his party MLAs who were involved in hooliganism and said the incident reflected the arrogance of Aam Aadmi Party. The chief minister has also directed the Home department to immediately institute a thorough inquiry into the alleged gang-rape of an African national in a moving car in the early hours of yesterday in East Delhi.

A Nigerian woman was allegedly gangraped by four men in a moving car here after they offered her a lift home from south Delhi’s Saket area last night. All the four accused, who are residents of Mayur Vihar, have been arrested in connection with the alleged rape.

The decision by the AAP government comes a week after it came to power.The city government has also decided to seek a report from the Delhi Police on the incident and the magisterial inquiry will also look into the measures taken by the Delhi Police and other concerned authorities.

“The Delhi government is committed to ensure safety of women in the national capital and will not tolerate crimes against women. The government will adopt a policy of zero tolerance on crimes against women and will not allow any laxity on the part of those responsible for maintaining the law and order,” Kejriwal’s office said.

Officials said the inquiry will cover all aspects including the state of night patrolling and whether window panes of the car in which the crime was committed adhered to legal visibility norms. The government said roads of Delhi cannot be allowed to become centres of crime particularly at night hours and the city government was ready to fully cooperate with the Delhi Police for making the national capital safe and crime-free.

It said crimes against women in general and particularly in moving vehicles were totally unacceptable. In the clash incident in which 15 people were injured, an FIR has been registered against the two AAP MLAs and their supporters.