Pressure mounting on Delhi police chief Bassi to step down if not performing

New Delhi: Pressure is mounting on Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi to step down if not performing after the national capital saw a series of vandalisation of churches in recent weeks and a school today.

The top political leadership in the government is believed to be upset with the alleged lackadaisical attitude of Bassi, an appointee of the previous UPA government, under whose watch the incidents have taken place in recent months.

Sources said the 1977 batch Union Territory cadre IPS officer has been conveyed by the top echelons of the government a fortnight ago to improve the law and order situation in the city.

Today’s vadalisation of a Christian school in South Delhi, the sixth attack on Christian establishments here in three months, prompted Prime Minister Narendra Modi to summon Bassi and order a crackdown on those involved in such incidents.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is on a tour of the Northeast, also spoke to the Police Commissioner and instructed him to conduct a speedy inquiry and find out the culprits responsible for the school attack.

Sources said action may be initiated against Bassi if he fails to stop attacks on minority establishments and improve the overall security situation in the national capital.

Bassi was appointed on July 16, 2013 when Sushilkumar Shinde was the Home Minister. He is scheduled to retire on February 2016.

Inputs with PTI