'Delhi Police should remain under Centre'

Delhi Police commissioner Neeraj Kumar on Tuesday favoured the force remaining under the Union government as issues could arise if it is under the city government.

Addressing a seminar ‘Safety and Security: Need for Police Reforms’, he said, “There could be a situation when two different parties are in power at the Centre and the state. If police were to be with the state government, a number of issues will arise.”

Kumar was replying to a question raised by former CBI director D R Karthikeyan in a panel discussion.

“If a VVIP arrives and the Centre wants certain scale of arrangements and the state government cannot spare, so it could be a situation. In most countries, police (in the capital) is with the Centre,” he said.

There have been demands from the Sheila Dikshit-led government that Delhi Police be brought under its control sans certain wings like security.

On whether the force’s morale gets affected by recent statements like the one by Diskhit, who criticised it, Kumar said the morale of police will not be affected by statements made by politicians.

He said the force is in the process of creating a martyr fund for helping families of policemen who lose their lives while in action.

Addressing the concerns on traffic in the city, Kumar said 12,000 cars get registered in the city every month, and 400 BMWs are added to Delhi’s roads every month.
“Traffic is increasing, but road space continues to be the same,” he said.

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