Police brass remains mute at Rajbir Singh’s condolence

March 31st, 2008 - 9:49 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Unlike the funeral that was attended only by a solitary police official, the top brass of Delhi Police Monday turned up for the condolence meeting of the slain cop and ace sharpshooter Rajbir Singh, but none said a word about their dead colleague. The commiseration meeting for Singh, who was killed last week by a friend was held at the Chinmaya Mission Centre in south Delhi.

Delhi Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal’s absence once again disappointed the family and relatives of Singh, who was nicknamed Dirty Harry.

Former Delhi Police Commissioner R.S. Gupta and a large number of Singh’s colleagues in the Crime Branch and Special Cell were part of the gathering, but surprisingly none got up to say anything before the assembly of over 500 people seated in the large hall.

It was evident that the officials felt obliged to show up at the venue fearing a media lash once again.

Senior police officials were riled in the media for failing to turn up at Singh’s cremation at his village near Rewari in Haryana last Monday.

At that time Delhi Police spokesman Rajan Bhagat was the sole senior officer seen standing with Singh’s grieving family.

The scene was almost similar a week later too.

The senior officials arrived at the condolence meeting venue in their official red and blue beacon cars, leading to a massive traffic snarl. But after their appearance, they soon left without exchanging a word with the mourning family.

Relatives were seen standing outside the hall with their hands folded, but none of them said a single word to the guests.

However, they murmured among themselves about the exemplary valour of the slain cop, who is credited with solving the 2001 parliament attack case and the assault on Red Fort in 2000.

“Vo sher tha (He was a tiger),” said one relative to another.

Another relative, dressed in white, said: “He was a honest police official and his case must be investigated properly.”

After the meeting, Singh’s teenaged son Rohit, wiping his mother’s tears, told IANS: “The family is discussing every aspect related to the case. We are holding a candle light march Tuesday at the India Gate to pay tribute to him.”

Among the top officials present were Neeraj Kumar, special commissioner (Administration), S.B Deol, special commissioner (Security), Aditya Arya, joint commissioner (Rashtrapati Bhawan), Deepak Mishra, joint commissioner (Armed Police) and M.S. Upadhye, additional commissioner (Vigilance).

Congress MP from outer Delhi Sajjan Kumar and the self-styled chairman of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front (AATF) M.S. Bitta too marked their presence.

Sajjan Kumar told IANS that he had come to pay condolence to the family. But like others, he too left without talking to the family.

Singh, who headed the Special Operation Squad, was murdered last Monday at the office of a real estate agent in Gurgaon, a satellite town on the outskirts of the national capital.

The police arrested realtor Viay Bhardwaj, who has claimed gunning down Singh, his acquaintance of 20 years.

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