New Delhi, Jan 5 (PTI): Delhi Police on Saturday denied allegations made by the male friend of the December 16 gang-rape victim that police patrol vans had reached the spot late and then argued about jurisdiction.
The Joint Commissioner of Police (South-West), Vivek Gogia, said two PCR or police control room vans reached the spot within minutes of the first call, and that there was question of a debate among them over jurisdiction since PCR vans do not operate under police stations.
“There was no issue over jurisdiction of the case as PCR vans do not operate under police stations and their operation is regulated by control room at police headquarters,” he said.
He said the control room received a call about the incident at 10:21pm on December 16 and a PCR van Z-54 was assigned the call at 10:24pm. But another PCR E-74 van reached the spot first on its own at 10:27pm while the Z-54 reached there at 10:29pm.
He said the police personnel on Z-54 van left the spot with the victims at 10:39pm after arranging bedsheet from a nearby hotel to cover both the victims.
“The victim were transferred to Safdarjung Hospital at 10.55pm. These details have been ascertained from the logs generated by the GPS,” he said, referring to the global positioning system that tracks all PCR vans.
“It is also clarified that PCR vans are not concerned with jurisdiction. They move or response to distress calls irrespective of their jurisdiction…,” he said.
On claims that the victims were not taken to a nearby private hospital, Gogia said there are notified designated multi-disciplinary hospitals where the victims of medico-legal cases are taken.
He said the male friend was discharged from Safdarjung Hospital after “first aid and treatment within a few hours” of being brought to the hospital.
About the nature of his injuries, Gogia said the hospital had assessed him and police has no authority on this.
Queried whether the male friend's interview will affect the case, he said, “our aim is to get the appropriate punishment for the criminals very fast. I cannot comment more on this as it is sub-judice,” he said.
On Friday night, the male friend of the victim appeared on a television channel and severely criticised the Delhi Police for its tardy response and bemoaned public apathy after both of them had been badly injured and thrown out of the bus after she was gang-raped by six men.