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Delhi Govt seeks transfer of case to Crime Branch

| | New Delhi

The Delhi Government on Wednesday wrote to Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal, seeking transfer of the case of sexual assault of a five-year-old schoolgirl in Tagore Public School at Gandhi Nagar from local police to the Crime Branch for a “fair probe”, an official said.

The move comes after Delhi Home and Health Satyendar Jain received complaints through Gandhi Nagar MLA Anil Bajpai about alleged “inaction” by the authorities concerned.

“The Minister has written to the Lt-Governor demanding transfer of the rape case from local police to the Crime Branch of Delhi Police for fair and transparent investigation without harassing the victim’s family,” a senior Government official said.

Sources said that there were allegations that parents of the girl were summoned to the police station several times.

The girl was allegedly raped by a peon inside the premises of a private school in Shahdara here. The accused has been arrested.

Earlier this week, the Government had sought the suspension of the casualty medical officer of the Chacha Nehru Hospital and disciplinary action against its director over “grave negligence” in connection with the case.

The Government recently ordered a magisterial probe into the alleged sexual assault of the girl. The Sub-Divisional Magistrate (Sarita Vihar) is expected to submit his report in next one or two days.

Following the incident, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had on September 11 ordered schools to install CCTV cameras covering their entire premises and complete police investigation of their non-teaching staff within three weeks.

The directive came amid increased concerns over the safety on school premises after the killing of a seven-year-old student in Gurugram’s Ryan International School.

“All schools, whether Government-run or private, will have to mandatorily install CCTV cameras in classrooms, washroom area and playgrounds as well. Schools have been asked to conduct police verification of all their non-teaching staff be it sanitation workers, security staff or drivers, within three weeks,” Sisodia had said. 

 
 
 

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