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Apr 22, 2013 at 11:45pm IST

Delhi minor rape case: Police didn't act as swiftly as desired, admits police chief

New Delhi: Admitting that the response of his force in the rape case of the five-year-old girl was "not as swift as desired", Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said "there was always a room for improvement". He, however, insisted that the Delhi Police has fulfilled all the promises it made after the December 16 gangrape case.

"We have fulfilled our promise of putting in place a women helpdesk in every police station. The government had asked me to send several reports, which I have done," said Kumar while speaking to IBN18 Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai.

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The Delhi Police chief said he was serious in his efforts to sensitise police force but "entire mindset cannot be changed overnight". "It's never possible to be 100 per cent right...But, figures show police are registering complaints and acting on them," he said.

About the slapping incident outside Swami Dayanand hospital in New Delhi, where a woman protester was slapped by a policeman, Kumar said it was "regrettable" and disciplinary action has against the concerned officer. "We have suspended the ACP, the Lt Governor has ratified the suspension,' he said.

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Kumar also denied the allegations levied by the Aam Aadmi Party saying he will take legal action against the party. Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP on Monday released documents against the Delhi Police Commissioner that try to establish connection between arms dealer Abhishek Verma and the DCP, who is already facing flak over rape of a five-year-old in Delhi.

"There is a motivated campaign against me by people against whom I took action when I was in CBI. It's a part of conspiracy, a motivated campaign by certain elements," said Kumar ruling out his resignation.

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Clamour grew for his resignation on Monday as protesters alleged that the Delhi Police was not doing enough to protect women in the city. Many political parties, including the Congress, joined the protesters in asking Kumar to quit his post. "I am very sensitive, I meet more than 100 people and always reach out to people," he emphasised.

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