Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday said there was total breakdown of law and order in the national capital as was evident from the rape of a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus recently.
Tackling law and order seemed to be the last item on the agenda of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, he told a conference of All India Commissioners of Police on the concluding day here.
"There is total breakdown of law and order in the national capital," Badal, who is also Punjab home minister, said.
The rape of the girl showed that beat and PCR systems of the police had gone for a toss in Delhi, he said, adding anger against "police apathy and inefficiency" had erupted on the roads in the national capital.
The deputy chief minister decried use of tear gas and water canons on demonstrators who, he said, were voicing their protest against the brutal incident in the national capital.
"Instead of handling the problem in a sensitive manner, the crushing of peaceful protest is a reminder of strong-arm tactics of British Raj days," he said.
Badal said the Union Home Ministry had earmarked only Rs1,000 crore for modernisation of the police force in 28 states and seven Union Territories.