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By NewsGram staff writer

New Delhi: Delhi Police on Monday denied permission to the Aam Aadmi Party to hold the ‘Car-Free Day’ event on Dussehra, October 22, saying the government did not hold prior consultation with the force before taking a decision in this regard.

The government had planned to implement the initiative on the stretch from the Red Fort to India Gate running through ITO – the arterial and busiest Netaji Subhash Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, and Tilak Marg.

In his letter to Chief Secretary KK Sharma, Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi said the selection of date — October 22 — for such an event seemed to be hasty and quite impractical as people would be celebrating Dussehra on the day.

“Surprisingly, there was no prior consultation with Delhi Police before taking the decision for holding such an event or regarding the suitability of the date proposed. The choice of date, ie 22.10.2015, for such an event seems to be hasty and quite impractical,” Bassi said in his letter.

“It is the day of Dussehra festival which people celebrate by going out in large numbers with their families. The proposed Car-Free stretch from Lal Qila to India Gate is home to some of Delhi’s most popular and traditional Ram Lilas.”

He also said that there would be immersion of Durga idols at the Yamuna ghats on the same date.

These occasions demand massive police arrangements all over the city for safety and security of citizens, and maintaining law and order. Besides, there would also be VVIP movements, the police commissioner pointed out.

Bassi said that Delhi Police being the primary agency responsible for regulation of traffic in the city are the first stakeholder in any such event which has a direct impact on the smooth flow of traffic, and needed to be consulted.

The police commissioner said that roads for such events have to be very carefully chosen, and that major arterial roads have to be avoided since their closure would shift the traffic load to other adjoining roads, choking the rest of Delhi.

Delhi Police have asked the AAP government to choose a suitable, alternative route for this event on some other non-working day on the stretch between Chhata railway station and Delhi Gate crossing, but sources said the government is not interested in the alternative route suggested by police.

 

(IANS)

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Saw AAP MLAs Assaulting Chief Secretary, CM’s Advisor Tells Police

The AAP defended by stating that Jain had initially told police that he did not witness any assault and police has threatened Jain to change his statement

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The AAP had denied the charges of assault and said that the Chief Secretary was making allegations at the behest of the BJP. Wikimedia Commons

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s adviser V. K. Jain on Thursday told police that he saw AAP MLAs Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal “physically assaulting” Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, according to Jain’s statement recorded by the Delhi Police.

The AAP defended by stating that Jain had initially told police that he did not witness any assault and police has threatened Jain to change his statement.

On Tuesday, the Chief Secretary had alleged that he was beaten up by the two AAP MLAs in the presence of Kejriwal at the Chief Minister’s residence on Monday night, where he had been called for an emergency meeting.

ALSO READ: The assault on Chief Secretary exposes the double standards of AAP government

Police later arrested Khan and Jarwal and they were sent to judicial custody till Thursday.

According to the Chief Secretary, the Chief Minister’s adviser had called him over the phone and asked him to come to the Chief Minister’s residence for the meeting and Jain was also present there.

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According to the statement, Jain also saw that the Chief Secretary’s spectacles had fallen to the ground and the Chief Secretary picked them up and left the room. Wikimedia Commons

On Thursday, the Delhi Police submitted Jain’s statement at a city court, which said that Jain had gone to the washroom during the meeting and as he came out he saw the two AAP MLAs “physically assaulting” the Chief Secretary.

The statement was recorded under Section 161 of the CrPC, which means that it was recorded in front of the police and not a magistrate.

Sources told IANS that Jain later recorded his statement in front of a magistrate under section 164 of the CrPC.

“The statement under section 164 was later recorded with the magistrate in front a camera, without the presence of police. In that statement also he (Jain) has said that he saw the two MLAs physically assaulting the Chief Secretary,” a police officer privy to the case told IANS.

The officer said that the statement under section 164 has also been submitted to the court.

Jain was first questioned on Wednesday morning and then again on Thursday and his statement was recorded on Thursday.

The change in Jain’s statement that the AAP was referring to was from a “question and answer” with Jain recorded by police after questioning him on Wednesday.

According to a copy of Wednesday’s “question and answer” recorded by police, when asked whether Jain saw the Chief Secretary being manhandled, he replied that he had gone to the washroom in between the meeting and he could not say what happened during that time.

“By putting pressure on him (Jain) throughout the day (Thursday) and by threatening him, police has forced him to change his statement,” AAP MP Sanjay Singh told the media here on Thursday.

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Singh said that the whole issue was a conspiracy to “bring down the Delhi government” and to “defame the AAP”. Wikimedia Commons

 

“How is it that the same Jain who emphatically said yesterday that he witnessed no assault during the entire time that he was present there has now claimed otherwise?” he asked.

Singh said that AAP MLAs were being arrested over an alleged assault of which there was no proof.

“But on the other hand, despite there being video footage of officials assaulting Delhi Cabinet Minister Imran Hussain, there is no action taken against the guilty by the Delhi Police,” the AAP MP said.

The court on Thursday sent the two AAP MLAs, arrested on charges of assaulting the Chief Secretary, to judicial custody for 14 days.

ALSO READ: Delhi Chief Secretary row: AAP MLA arrested

Orders on the bail pleas of the two AAP MLAs and also on their police custody will be pronounced on Friday.

Meanwhile, scores of Delhi government employees across the city observed a five-minute silence outside their respective offices as a protest against the alleged assault on the Chief Secretary.

The IAS Association said that officers would continue the protest every day, till steps are taken to “ensure safety and dignity” of government staff in the city.

The AAP also hit out at Lt Governor Anil Baijal by stating that he was “working as a BJP agent” and demanded action against those involved in “manhandling and beating up” Hussain and his aide at the Delhi Secretariat on Tuesday. (IANS)