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Many question marks are being raised on the police in the Kanjhawala road accident in Delhi. From experts related to road safety matters to retired police officers, they have not only advised to remove all the shortcomings of the Delhi Police on the negligence taken in this matter, but have also asked them to be more alert in the future. Retired IPS officers have suggested that the Delhi Police should now move out of its ‘fire fighting’ mode and remain in ‘crime prevention’ mode all the time. So that any major incident can be stopped in time. Apart from this, police were also advised for better policing by following three big words like ART.
The committee formed by the Ministry of Home Affairs to investigate the Kanjhawala road accident in Delhi has submitted its report to Delhi Police Commissioner Sanjay Arora. This report, prepared under the leadership of Special Commissioner of Delhi Police Shalini Singh, is to be submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs. According to this report, five PCR vans were deployed along the entire 13 kilometer route on which the incident took place. Not only this, the police have also spoken to the eyewitnesses of the incident more than one and a half dozen times. PCR calls were also made six times for information about the incident. Seeing the seriousness of the matter, more PCR vans were also deployed. Despite this, on this entire route of 13 km, the police team could not catch the accused from the spot.
All-round questions are now being raised on the failure of the Delhi Police. A retired senior police officer of Delhi Police says that the Kanjhawala incident is reminiscent of the Nirbhaya incident in Delhi. He says that the way the bus used in the Nirbhaya incident kept running on the roads all over Delhi, in the same way a car kept running on the streets of Delhi dragging the girl. Retired senior police officer says that what can be more horrifying than that drunk men are dragging the body of a girl on the streets of Delhi while playing loud car music. The said retired senior police officer says that when there are any major events in Delhi, the police should be more alert at that time. It is better that police should come out of fire fighting mode and stay in alert mode all the time.
Pradeep Bhardwaj, retired police officer and special police commissioner of Delhi Police, says that as long as each and every soldier of Delhi’s 80-90 thousand force is made to feel ART, then better policing will be possible. Retired IPS Bhardwaj says that along with accountability, responsibility and transparency, every soldier and senior high officials should realize their responsibilities. He says that if this happens, not only will it be possible to stop any crime even before it takes place. Rather, the city can also be made safe. He believes that somewhere there has been a mistake in the Kanjhawala case. To prevent such lapses from happening in the future, the police will have to further strengthen the security system and strengthen their network as much as possible.
In such a big incident, another fact is coming to the fore that how loud songs were being played on the streets in Delhi. The question is also arising as to who will be responsible if the vehicles ply loudly on the roads of Delhi despite the promptness of police pickets-barricades, PCR police officers and local police personnel. A senior official associated with the World Health Organisation’s Road Safety Campaign says that playing music in the car above the prescribed volume is illegal anyway. Then such volume is even more dangerous, when there is a big incident and it could not be guessed just because the music was playing loudly in the car, then it is a crime. A senior officer associated with Delhi Police says that at present every aspect is being investigated in this whole matter.