The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) directed that mudrder charges should be filed against the five men who were involved in the Kanjhawala accident case in which a 20-year-old woman was dragged to death.
MHA's decision came in connection to a report submitted by an inquiry committee, headed by Special Commissioner Shalini Singh.
According to sources, on the basis of the nature of the case and available evidence, the police should investigate the matter by slapping section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on the accused in the Kanjhawala case.
Delhi Police has also been instructed to take a series of action against the police personnel who were deployed on duty on that fateful night.
Delhi Police to suspend those on duty in PCR vans, pickets
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) directed the Delhi Police on Thursday to suspend all the personnel posted at three PCR vans and two pickets on the night when a 20-year-old woman was killed in the national capital after her scooter was hit by a car and she was dragged by the vehicle for 10-12 kilometres.
Officials said the MHA also directed the city police to serve show-cause notices to the supervisory officers of the PCR vans and police pickets for their alleged dereliction of duties.
The action came following a report submitted by an inquiry committee, headed by Special Commissioner Shalini Singh.
Disciplinary action will also be taken against the police personnel who were on duty on that night, the officials said.
The MHA directed the Delhi Police to file the chargesheet in the case as soon as possible so that the culprits are punished.
The city police has also been ordered to ensure that there is no let up in the investigation and submit fortnightly reports to the MHA on the progress of the probe.
Action must also been taken to improve the law-and-order situation in the capital so that people, especially women and children, live in a fear-free environment, the MHA said.
A thorough examination will be carried out to ascertain whether the PCR van units should be merged with the district police for better coordination.
The PCR vans were split from the district police a few years ago.
Proper scrutiny will be carried out by police of the areas in outer Delhi where there is little or no CCTV camera presence and the areas that do not have street lights.
Police will coordinate with civic agencies for the installation of CCTV cameras and street lights in such areas, the officials said.
The gruesome incident took place at outer Delhi's Kanjhawala in the early hours of January 1.
The victim's two-wheeler was hit by a car and her body dragged for around 10-12 kilometres from Sultanpuri to Kanjhawala.
Five men travelling in the car have been arrested, along with several of their accomplices.
(With PTI Inputs)