Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday took a swipe at Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena over the murder of a minor girl in Shahbad Dairy saying it was his responsibility to maintain law and order in the city.
In a tweet, Kejriwal said, "A minor girl was brutally murdered in Delhi. This is very sad and unfortunate. The criminals have become fearless, there is no fear of the police. LG sir, law and order is your responsibility, do something."
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi has already been in a tussle with the LG over the control over postings and transfers of bureaucrats in the national capital. Kejriwal and Saxena have also been at war following the Centre’s decision last week to implement the ordinance for National Capital Civil Service Authority and restore its power over bureaucrats in the city.
Senior AAP leader and Delhi minister Atishi also slammed Saxena saying the Constitution has given the L-G the "responsibility of protecting people" of the union territory.
"I want to remind the L-G that the Constitution has given him the responsibility of protecting the people of Delhi. But he spends all his time to halt the work of Arvind Kejriwal. I request the L-G with folded hands to pay attention to the safety of the women of Delhi as they are not safe here at all," she tweeted.
The 16-year-old girl was stabbed to death allegedly by her boyfriend in northwest Delhi's Shahbad Dairy while passersby watched. A video of the gruesome incident is being widely shared on social media.
The accused planned the attack after they had a quarrel the previous day and allegedly stabbed her multiple times before bludgeoning her with a stone, police said. The body was found lying in the street.
Earlier in the day, BJP leader Kapil Mishra said, "This painful murder has happened in Delhi. Shraddha has not got justice yet. Do not know how many more Shraddhas will become victims of this brutality."
Meanwhile, Delhi Commission for Women Chairperson Swati Maliwal slammed the Delhi Police and alleged that "no one is afraid" of the police or law in the national capital. "What was the fault of the 16-year-old girl that she was brutally killed on the road? No one is afraid of police and law in Delhi. There will be no limits to cruelty if there is no action in this case," she said.
The police added that the post-mortem will confirm how many times the victim was stabbed. The accused, identified as Sahil (20), has been arrested from Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh.