Kejriwal writes to L-G over the law and order situation in Delhi.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has expressed his concerns about the worsening law and order situation in the city in a letter addressed to Lieutenant Governor V.K. Saxena. He held the L-G and Home Minister responsible for the deteriorating condition and highlighted that four murders had occurred within a span of 24 hours, causing a sense of insecurity among the people.
Kejriwal urgently requested the L-G to take immediate and effective measures to restore the confidence of the residents in the safety and security of their lives. He stressed that those responsible for ensuring the safety of Delhi’s residents should not be seen as repeatedly failing in their duty.
As a citizen of Delhi entrusted with a constitutional responsibility, Kejriwal expressed his willingness to provide all possible cooperation to ensure the rule of law in the city. He referred to a previous National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report, which highlighted the high crime rate in Delhi, particularly crimes against women. He pointed out that Delhi alone accounted for 32.20 percent of such crimes among 19 metropolitan cities in India.
Kejriwal also mentioned the shortage of Delhi Police personnel and the subsequent need for residents to hire private security guards to ensure their safety and protect their properties.
He criticized the lack of urgency from decision-makers in addressing crime prevention and emphasized the importance of effective police patrolling, especially during nighttime. Kejriwal proposed a meeting between his cabinet colleagues and the L-G to discuss these issues in a meaningful manner. He suggested that police officers hold joint meetings with elected MLAs, councillors, and Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) to explore better ways of reducing crime in Delhi.
Furthermore, Kejriwal called for the revival of Thana level committees, which would facilitate active and regular engagement between the police, the people, and elected representatives.
In summary, Kejriwal emphasized the need for collaboration among MLAs, RWAs, and the public to improve the law and order situation in Delhi. He proposed specific measures, including the revival of committees and increased engagement between stakeholders, to address the rising crime rate in the national capital.