Chidambaram attacks extension to police chief

Chidambaram attacks extension to police chief


The Congress leader, Mr. P Chidambaram,on Friday tore into the Centre's decision to extend the Delhi Police Commissioner, Mr. Amulya Patnaik's tenure by a month.

Highlighting the fact that the decision was announced on the day after a lone teenage gunman opened fire at Jamia Millia Islamia students despite a Delhi Police contingent standing only yards away, Mr Chidambaram sought to know who would be suspended for the cops' apparent failure to protect citizens.

'The Police Commissioner of Delhi gets an extension on the day there is a shooting in the presence of a substantial police force... Incomprehensible and reprehensible. One has got an extension, but who has been suspended for the deplorable shooting yesterday?' Mr Chidambaram asked.

At around 1.40 pm yesterday a 17-year-old UP schoolboy fired on Jamia students on a peaceful anti-citizenship law march in the national capital. He did so in clear view of a large group of armed Delhi police officers who seemed to do nothing initially.

It was only after the gunman fired one round - injuring Shadab Farooq, a Jamia student, - that they began moving, slowly, towards him.