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Justice Mehra Commission raps Delhi Police, transport dept in gang rape case

Posted on 28 February 2013 by admin

Divya Kaeley

Justice Usha Mehra Commission has rapped the Delhi Police and the city transport department, saying lack of coordination between them allowed the bus used in December 16 gangrape case to ply uninterrupted despite being fined many times. The Commission also said there was no

coordination between the capital’s police and its counterparts in the neighbouring regions and sought framing of rules for better cooperation. “We have recorded the statement of officials of the Delhi Police and the city transport department. We have found that there was lack of coordination between the police and the transport department. Despite being challaned many times, there was no action to prevent plying of the bus,” Justice Mehra told reporters here after handing over the report to law minister Ashwani Kumar

 She said, “There was non-coordination between the police of NCT (National Capital Territory) and the NCR (National Capital Region). There is no rule so far on how will they work together if there is a crime. “Rules must be framed on how to coordinate. There should be sensitisation at all levels,” she said.

Invoking the provisions of the new ordinance promulgated in wake of the Delhi gangrape incident, the victim in the Suriyanelli case filed a police complaint on Friday insisting that Rajya Sabha deputy chairman PJ Kurien be made an accused. The victim and her parents went to the police station but the assistant sub-inspector refused to register the complaint, saying the sub-inspector was not present but only accepted it, her counsel Anila George said.

 The complaint lodged at Chingavanam police station also sought that Dharmarajan, an absconding convict who had jumped bail in the case and was arrested recently from Karnataka, and two other persons – Unnikrishnan and Jamal, be also arraigned as accused.

According to the complainant, Dharmarajan had told a television channel that he had accompanied Mr Kurien to Kumily rest house in his car on February 19, 1996 where the girl had been reportedly sexually exploited.

 But P J Kurien, who is in the eye of a storm over the Left demand for his resignation in the wake of fresh charges in the Suryanelli gangrape case, recently presided over the Upper House without objection from any member. Kurien conducted the proceedings during the post-lunch session when a discussion on Hyderabad twin blasts was underway and Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde was replying to the members’ clarifications.

In a welcoming move the CBSE has decided to offer elective course on Human Rights and Gender Studies at higher secondary school level to increase awareness among students on the issues. The elective course will be offered for class XI and XII at pilot stage for CBSE-affiliated schools in 2013-14 session and as a regular elective from 2014-15 session onwards, Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor said while replying to a question in Rajya Sabha. The National Curriculum Framework, 2005, prioritises gender as an important guiding principle in all curricular areas, he said.

In another big news of the country, the Centre and Andhra Pradesh passed the buck on security inaction after intelligence inputs, even as death toll in the twin blasts in Hyderabad rose to 16 on Friday. Multi-agency investigative teams combed the blast sites at Dilsukhnagar rocked by near simultaneous explosions yesterday evening. Initial leads and the modus operandi employed – Improvised Explosive Device (IED) strapped to bicycles – pointed fingers towards Indian Mujahideen.

Sources told media channels that the United Jehad Council (UJC) could be behind the blast. UJC, comprising of militant outfits like Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen (JuM), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and al Badr, met on February 13 to plan revenge on India following the execution of Parliament attack accused Afzal Guru.

After facing sharp attack from Opposition as well as UPA allies on tackling the issue of terror in a “very casual” manner, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Friday assured the Parliament that government will not be slack in cracking the case. Shinde made a statement in the Rajya Sabha on yesterday’s blasts saying government will make all possible efforts to apprehend the perpetrators and masterminds.

Shinde said, “Alert was issued to Hyderabad on February 16, 19 and 20, that Pakistan-based terrorist groups may carry out attacks in a major city to avenge the hanging of 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab and Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. The Centre will take firm steps in the matter and will never hesitate to take strong steps to tackle it.”

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