Delhi Police’s annual press conference, held a month after the gangrape incident, was nerve-wracking for top officers. The commissioner spoke about the shortfalls and achievements of his department non-stop, in a monotonous voice for almost an hour, before taking a break for a glass of water. Photographers, looking for the best shot, waited patiently till Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar drank water. As soon as he took a sip, all photographers began clicking. Kumar remarked, “It seems the police is not permitted a break for water.”
Uneasiness was evident on Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar’s face after a journalist from a Hindi daily asked him if the police would start giving advertisements in newspapers. The reporter said advertisements were stopped because negative reports about Delhi Police were published after the gangrape incident. The reporter also asked if the commissioner had stopped ads for more than one paper. Though the commissioner denied these claims, the reporter walked off saying, “Don’t answer the question, but please start sending ads to our newspaper again. It may directly affect our salaries.”
With Assembly elections approaching, politicians are trying to take the credit for development works in their areas. Roshanara Bagh residents witnessed this when North Corporation Mayor Meera Aggarwal inaugurated a road underbridge on January 17, after it was inaugurated by Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit. The corporation put another
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