Ensuring free registration has always been my priority. Needless to say, the process of providing justice to a victim of a cognizable crime cannot begin unless an FIR is registered upon complaint. My endeavour as CP, Delhi, for free registration has received total support from the highest echelons of the Government. The media has also been objective in reporting the crime scenario. An increase in the registration of crimes, particularly street crimes, since August 2013 displays that policemen in Delhi have started overcoming their inhibitions. We must stamp out burking from our functioning as it is one of the major causes of public dissatisfaction.
The year 2013 has been witness to the meticulous implementation of a slew of measures pertaining to women’s safety. These include increasing the number of call-takers on the Telephone Nos. 100 and 1091; creation of 24×7 women helpdesks at all police stations; conversion of 522 posts of male Constables to that of Woman Constables and creation of additional posts of 306 W/SIs and 778 Woman Constables; interaction with students and teachers of girls colleges and schools; self defence training programmes; deployment of PCR vans, Motor Cycles and pickets to cover vulnerable locations and appointment of a Spl.CP level officer for holding regular interaction with NGOs and civil society. We must appreciate that as long as every woman on Delhi’s streets does not feel fully safe, our task is incomplete.
While maintaining a clear focus on women’s safety, Delhi Police planned meticulous operations against desperate criminal gangs and terrorists. The arrest of Abdul Karim Tunda (LeT) was a testimony to these efforts. The Crime Branch, Special Cell and Districts officers apprehended 63 desperate criminals, 43 of whom carried rewards ranging from Rupees 50,000 to 5 lakh for their arrest. Eight desperate criminals were killed when police personnel had to fire in self defence during certain encounters. Enhanced registration as a result of the efforts for free registration has led to the solving of 3,242 heinous crimes as against 2,042 such cases during the previous year. This increase exhibits that many more criminals have been brought to book. A total of 36,134 IPC cases were solved as compared to 27,544 IPC cases during the previous year. Almost all sensational murders and robberies including the quadruple murder cum robbery of Vivek Vihar were solved in record time.