Anjali hit-and-run case: 11 Delhi cops suspended for dereliction of duty

Suspended officials were attached to the PCR vans and pickets on the stretch where the Baleno car travelled after the incident

NEW DELHI | Updated: 13 January, 2023 5:00 pm IST
The car travelled for 13 kilometres with the body of Anjali stuck below

A day after the Union Home ministry recommended actions against Delhi Police personnel, it suspended 11 cops for dereliction of duty in the Anjali hit-and-run case.

The personnel, who were attached with PCR vans and pickets on the stretch where the Baleno car moved, were suspended for not acting on time during time despite receiving information for the same.

As per Delhi Police, five personnel were deployed on two pickets and six personnel were on three PCR vans when the incident happened in the wee hours of New Year’s Day.

The suspended personnel included two sub-inspectors, four assistant sub-inspectors, four head constables and one constable deployed in the Rohini district.

The Ministry of Home Affairs, under whom the Delhi Police falls, earlier tasked Delhi Police Special Commissioner Shalini Singh to prepare a report about possible laxity on the part of the police.

On Thursday, Special Commissioner Singh submitted a detailed fact-finding report to the Union Home Ministry.

According to reports, despite receiving reports of a woman being dragged under the wheels of a Baleno car, the personnel deployed on three PCR vans and two police pickets – along the route between Sultanpuri and Kanjhawala – responded “casually”.

Anjali, 20, was hit and dragged for 13 kilometres on the wee hours of New Year’s Day after being hit by a Baleno car. She was riding on a scooty along with her friend Nidhi, who also suffered a minor injury.

The Delhi Police later arrested four occupants of the car and three other persons who were allegedly involved in hiding and tampering with the evidence.

Many people raised questions about the tardiness of Delhi Police personnel deployed on the stretch on which Anjali was dragged to death. People questioned the delay in Delhi Police’s response to the incident despite knowing about it.

The question was raised that despite the presence of PCR vans in the area, how was the Baleno car able to drag the woman for 13 kilometres from Sultanpuri to Kanjhawala? The body of Anjali was later found on the roadside.

The MHA has also directed the police to issue a show cause notice to the IO (investigating officer) of the case. It has also been directed to file the charge sheet in the case soon.

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