The Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, has urged the Centre to cooperate and develop a ‘concrete action plan’ to tackle the rising crime rate in the Capital. 'Heinous crimes are on the rise in Delhi and particularly crimes against women are increasing. Living in denial will only worsen the situation. We are ready to cooperate with the Centre and LG. We all need to develop a concrete action plan,' Kejriwal tweeted.
The Aam Aadmi Party chief shared a news report along with his tweet about 80 rapes and 12 murders being reported in the national capital in the last 13 days. Delhi is a Union Territory and the police are under the jurisdiction of the Lieutenant Governor, Mr. Anil Baijal. The AAP government does not have direct control over the law and order situation.
Last month, Mr. Kejriwal had asked the Lieutenant Governor to make an intervention to check the law and order situation after nine murders were reported in a day. 'Delhi is witnessing a dangerous spurt in serious crimes. An elderly couple and their domestic help murdered in Vasant Vihar. Nine murders reported in last 24 hours across the city. Whose door should be knocked for safety and security of Delhiites ?,' Mr. Kejriwal tweeted.
On July 16, three AAP Rajya Sabha MPs met the Union Home Minister, Mr. Amit Shah, urging him to look into the performance of Delhi police. During the meeting, Mr. Sanjay Singh, Mr. N D Gupta and Mr. Sushil Gupta requested Mr. Shah to constitute a panel himself.
'We wish to apprise you that every year cases of crime in Delhi are increasing. According to the annual crime data of the Delhi police, 20,143 rape cases were recorded in Delhi last year. The number of murders also increased by 3.27 per cent in the last one year,' the letter by the MPs said.
The Delhi government and the Centre have been locked in a tussle for control in the national capital since the AAP came of power. In February, the Supreme Court had ruled that while the Centre will have control over the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), the Delhi government will be in control of the ‘services’ required to run the Capital.