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'9 Murders in 24 Hrs': Kejriwal Questions 'Dangerous Spurt in Crimes', Delhi Police Respond with Stats

The Delhi Police uploaded a graph showing a 10% decrease in heinous crimes compared to 2018 and a 22% decrease in crimes committed against senior citizens due to preventive efforts of the security forces.


Updated:June 24, 2019, 10:20 AM IST

New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the Delhi Police engaged in a war of words on Sunday over the “dangerous spurt” in serious crimes in the national capital.

Kejriwal took to Twitter to question the safety and security of Delhiites after an elderly couple and their helper was murdered at their residence in Vasant Vihar, saying the city had witnessed nine murders in the space of 24 hours. The Delhi Police comes under the purview of the central government.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) also blamed BJP MPs, the lieutenant governor and the Union Home Ministry, to which the Delhi Police reports, for the "deteriorating" law and order.

In the early hours of Saturday, a 42-year-old man allegedly killed his wife and three young children by slitting their throats in south Delhi's Mehrauli area.

A couple, identified as Vishnu Mathur and Shashi Mathur, and their maid Khushbu were found dead with their throats slit inside a house in Vasant Vihar in south Delhi on Sunday.

In another incident, 51-year-old Hari Ballabh and his wife, 47-year-old Shanti Singh, were stabbed to death allegedly by some unidentified persons in Dwarka's Mohan Garden area on Saturday.

Responding to Kejriwal's tweet, the Delhi Police uploaded a graph showing a 10% decrease in heinous crimes compared to 2018 and a 22% decrease in crimes committed against senior citizens due to preventive efforts of the police.

Dismissing his claims, the police force said that two of the three incidents of murder that Kejriwal had referred to were committed by family members and that the accused in both cases had already been arrested.

Senior AAP leader Atishi told reporters that her party holds the BJP responsible for the "deteriorating" law and order in Delhi.

"As many as nine people have been murdered over the last 24 hours in Delhi. This is not the first time such serious crimes have been reported in the city," she said. "Delhi has a reputation for being an unsafe city and the past few weeks have been especially concerning with the frequency of murders and the recent murderous assault of the auto driver in Mukherjee Nagar by Delhi Police officials."

Atishi alleged that the women of Delhi were afraid of stepping out on the streets after 8 pm. "But recent cases have made people insecure even in the confines of their own homes," she added.

Referring to a report on "rising" crime in Delhi that was published by a daily last week, Atishi said in the past one month, 220 bullet rounds had been fired in several cases of gang violence.

"Criminals have no fear of law or law enforcement agencies. Gun violence, murders are happening in the open as the law and order of the city goes for a toss," she said, asking who should the people of Delhi hold accountable for the "deteriorating" law and order.

"The BJP MPs chair the district committee on police and are accountable to the people for the police's failures," Atishi said. "The L-G and the Union Home Ministry are responsible as the entities (are) directly in charge of the Delhi Police. The BJP is directly responsible for this breakdown."

She added that the BJP-run Centre needed to tell the people of Delhi about the steps being taken to improve the security and policing.

(With inputs from PTI)

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