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New Delhi Police chief calls stunt motorcyclist's death 'unfortunate'

Jul 31, 2013 01:17 PM IST India India
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New Delhi: Bhim Sain Bassi, who will take over as the Delhi Police Commissioner on Wednesday, has called the death of a stunt motorcyclist unfortunate. BS Bassi, who takes the baton from outgoing police chief Neeraj Kumar said curbing hooliganism is top on his agenda.

Speaking to CNN-IBN, Bassi said, "The motorcyclist's death is a very unfortunate incident. They are not criminals, we will counsel them, help them in using their energy positively. But if they still indulge, we will file a challan. We will keep a check on hooliganism. They not only risk their lives but also the lives of other bypaasers."

A drive to check the growing menace on the Delhi streets turned fatal on Sunday morning when one of the motorcyclists, Karan Pandey, was killed and another injured allegedly in a firing by the Delhi Police at Parliament Street. The Delhi Police claimed that tragedy happened when they tried to fire to puncture tyres of the bike to stop them.

The police had said there was an altercation with the motorcyclists when they tried to stop them and added that the motorcyclists even vandalised the PCR van as well. It was only then that the police fired two rounds - one in the air and the other aimed at the tyre, which hit the deceased, police had said.

IPS officer Bhim Sain Bassi will take charge as the Delhi Police chief on Wednesday, replacing Neeraj Kumar. A 1977 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre, Bassi, 57, was the front-runner for the post.

Currently the special commissioner of police (Administration), he previously headed the Delhi Traffic Police and was also Goa's director general of police.

Bassi has also been the special commissioner (vigilance), joint commissioner (southern range) and additional commissioner (northern range).

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