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Stunt bikers are not sinners: new Delhi Police chief BS Bassi

HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 01, 2013
First Published: 01:19 IST(1/8/2013) | Last Updated: 03:04 IST(1/8/2013)

Stats don’t worry him but safety of citizens, especially women and children, does and the new Delhi Police chief, Bhim Sain Bassi, says a safe Delhi for all is his priority.

The 1977-batch IPS officer, who took charge from Neeraj Kumar on Wednesday, three days after a young biker was killed in police firing, said the death was unfortunate and he sympathised with the family.

“Just because some bikers perform stunts on the street (it) does not make them sinners,” he said.

They were breaking laws and “must be dealt with within the stipulated provisions of the law”, the commissioner said.

The police came in for criticism for ‘extreme reaction’ and poor handling of situation on July 28 when groups of bikers took over some roads in the heart of Delhi.

Women safety, which has come under increased scrutiny following rise in crime against them, is another task the 57-year-old officer has set for himself and for one of the biggest metropolitan police forces in the world that he now leads.

“I’d rather register a ‘fake case’ than leave a complainant feeling dissatisfied with my men,” Bassi said at a press conference.

Police are often accused of not registering cases as high crime figures reflect badly on them.

“Every cognisable crime will be registered as and when it is reported – even if it is a case of a stolen bicycle.”

Bassi said he would see the IPL spot-fixing case, another high-profile case he has ‘inherited’, to its logical end.

The Delhi Police have named underworld don Dawood Ibrahim as the main accused in the chargesheet filed on Tuesday.

A Delhi boy, Bassi, whose last assignment was as special commissioner of police (administration), has a B.Com (Honours) from Shri Ram College of Commerce and an LLB from the law faculty in north campus.

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