Reacting to the recent raids carried out by Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia on Friday said that the police did not take any action on the issue even after receiving number of complaints, and added that the lieutenant governor is going to set up an enquiry on the issue.
“From SHO to the DCP, everyone received several complaints against what was going on but no action was taken and therefore this happened,” said Sisodia.
“Instead of catching hold of the people involved, the police chose not do anything,” he said.
“We went to the legislative governor with these complaints and he has set up a high level enquiry on these issues and we have asked him to suspend the officers till the time three cases related to this were being enquired,” he added.
He said there was another serious case which needed to be enquired.
“In another case, a woman was burnt alive in the open and people complaint to the police but no one arrested those who committed this crime,” he said.
“We will take action even though the Delhi police do not come under us. We want them to take The SHO and DCP have to be suspended,” he added.
This is not Sheila Dikshit’s government that we are going to sit quite and do nothing about these issues.
Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti carried out raids in South Delhi's Khirki Extension late night on Wednesday and is reported to have had a brush with the local police.
Bharti and his supporters alleged that a sex trade and drug peddling racket was flourishing in the locality with the help of foreign nationals, mostly Nigerians.
Bharti had a hot argument with an assistant commissioner of police, even as his supporters created a lot of commotion.
Bharti demanded that the police take action against the offenders.
Later, Bharti told media that Malviya Nagar police station officer Vijay Pal, who had come to the spot, went away without taking any action.
"This is my area, Khirki village. People complained about Nigerian people indulging in prostitution and drugs supply, and the local people were facing trouble because of this," said Bharti.
"I attend meetings to listen to people in which, people complained about Nigerian people who indulge in prostitution and drugs supply," he said.
"We came here with a police gypsy and some of the girls tried to run away. We managed to stop two of them red-handed. Another car came with three girls," he added.
"A local said the building is full of girls. We called police. First, they took much time to come here, and then, left us by refusing to raid the premises. They are not listening to me," the Law Minister said.
"The police's enquiry is very unsuccessful. They are not willing to search. All of the women are Nigerian," Bharti said.
Badal Khan, a local resident, said: "Residents were going to Somnath. They had also complained to police, but nothing happened. They said that women were supplying drugs and working as prostitutes. Police officers don't want that they should be tested of drugs.
"I have to come daily. Foreigners are often standing here taking drugs. They are always looking for people to sell drugs," said another local.
"Whenever I pass from here, I see foreigner girls standing here. They are prostitutes," said another.