He also wanted action against Delhi Police officials after a 51-year-old Danish woman was gang-raped in central Delhi on Jan 14.
However, the L-G said in a letter to the CM that the police officials would only be sent on leave and not suspended.
He, however, failed to secure his main demand that the city’s police force be put under his government’s control. The central government refused to agree because of Delhi’s status as the national capital.
“We will continue our efforts to make Delhi Police accountable,” he said in his address on Jan 21.
On Jan 20, Home Minister Shinde had ruled out transferring control of Delhi Police to the state government. “It is the national capital. That isn’t possible.”
Women and Child Development Minister Rakhi Birla had also had a run-in with the police after they allegedly refused to nab the in-laws of a woman who was hospitalised with 45% burns. “The police also arrested the people responsible for setting the woman afire in Sagarpur. We are happy that they acted after earlier refusing to do anything,” the Delhi CM told the people gathered for protests near Rail Bhavan in the heart of Delhi. Kejriwal said after calling off his stir that the L-G’s action was the first step towards the party’s goal of achieving full-statehood for Delhi.
The Delhi CM and AAP supporters earlier intensified their stir on a chilly and rainswept day, triggering chaos for the second successive day in the Capital. At least 30 people were injured after AAP supporters defied the police and jumped barricades to reach the CM who started the protests on Jan 20 and was leading it from a makeshift podium in central Delhi.
The 44-year-old chief minister slept outside on the pavement on Jan 20 night after beginning his protest earlier in the day. Aides brought him files for the administration of the city of 17 million people as he sat with other members of the cabinet at the protest site, near buildings housing the presidency, Parliament and ministries. Both the Delhi Police, which functions under the Union home ministry and a few ministers of the Delhi government had reached the doors of Lt Governor Jung over the matter last week. Jung had then ordered a judicial inquiry into the incident. (Agencies)