Dikshit assures adequate security to MLAs

Sheila Dikshit has assured all legislators that she will "wholeheartedly" try to get adequate security cover for them.

New Delhi: Describing the murder attempt on an MLA as "shocking", Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday assured all legislators that she will "wholeheartedly" try to get adequate security cover for them.

Replying to a discussion in the Delhi assembly on the law and order situation in the city, Dikshit said all MLAs should be provided with security by Delhi Police and city government was ready to incur the expenses for it.

"If required I will write to the Union Home Minister seeking security cover to the MLAs," she said condemning the attack on INLD MLA Bharat Singh.

Singh was shot at on Saturday morning in south-west Delhi by four people who have been arrested by police.

Expressing concern over the law and order situation, Dikshit said fast increasing population, economic prosperity, presence of huge number of diplomats and VVIPs in the city make the issue of security "complex and challenging".

"The duties of police personnel in the city are not so easy and simple as we understand. The apprehension of terrorist attack also hovers over Delhi all the time," she said. Delhi Police Commissioner B K Gupta was present in officer`s gallery in the Assembly.

Earlier moving the discussion on the issue, Leader of Opposition V K Malhotra described Delhi as "crime, murder and rape capital" of the country.

"Delhi is now the rape, crime and murder capital of the country. As per reports it is the most unsafe city among the all metro cities," he said.

Malhotra also claimed that 6,000 children have gone missing in the last one year while over 1,000 unidentified dead bodies have been found in the city in the last four months.

"If there was no security to an MLA, then imagine what security the common man has," he said seeking installation of adequate numbers of CCTV cameras across the city.

In her reply, Dikshit observed that there was a need to modernise the police. She said continuous coverage of crime related incidents by TV channels, newspapers and discussion on social networking sites often gives an impression that crime is taking place in Delhi at every moment.

"The number of police personnel in Delhi has gone up from 54,503 to 78,500. But I think the strength of the police is not sufficient the requirement as evident from various incidents of crime," she said.

The Chief Minister also quoted figures provided by Delhi Police suggesting that cases of robbery, murder, dacoity, chain snatching, molestation of women have gone down compared to last few years.

Noting that there was need change perception of citizens about of police, she said crime rate may not have gone up commensurate to rise in population.

"Safety of women in Delhi requires due attention. Police must move forward to make itself more modern and informative so that Delhi Police could match with police organisations in other world class cities," she said.

Dikshit suggested convening meetings of Thana Committees in order to ensure better coordination between police and elected representatives.

She also suggested installation of CCTV cameras on border areas of Delhi.

Speaker Yoganand Shastri said security to MLAs must be provided at the earliest. He said security provided to three MLAs should be improved.

The Speaker suspended BJP MLA Karan Singh Tanwar for not heeding to his repeated plea not to create disturbances while Congress MLA Tarvinder Singh Marwah was speaking on the issue.

BJP MLA Dharam Deo Solanki, Naresh Gaud, LJP`s Shoib Iqbal and Congress MLA Surender Kumar also participated in the discussion.