Union Home Secretary Amit Shah has taken note of the shocking case of the Delhi woman who died after being dragged by a car for over an hour on New Year’s Day. The inquiry has been handed over to senior Delhi Police Officer Shalini Singh and a report must be submitted to the Union Home Ministry as soon as possible, sources said.
Anjali Singh, 20, was dragged 13km through the streets after the car appeared to hit her scooter. Her body became tangled in the undercarriage, which the occupants said the occupants would not have noticed.
Five men – one of them allegedly a BJP leader – were arrested. But the woman’s family have claimed she was sexually assaulted, which police have denied.
Reports on the post-mortem and breathalyser tests on the car’s occupants are awaited.
The accident happened just hours after midnight when the city was under the watchful eye of around 2,000 police officers, according to Delhi Police. Additional staff were dispatched to maintain law and order on New Year’s Eve. Despite this, the car had dragged the woman’s body 10-12 km for over an hour without a police officer checking it.
An eyewitness said he called the police dispatch center but the police did not respond.
“I told the PCR (Police Control Room) vans and pointed to the car, but they didn’t even try to capture it,” Deepak Dahiya, a local pastry chef who saw the incident and followed the car, told NDTV .
Mr Dahiya said he called the police 20 times in 90 minutes. During that time, the car made three U-turns, only to return to the spot repeatedly, with the body tangling in the chassis.