New Delhi: Two Assistant Commissioners of Delhi Police have been suspended and explanation sought from two Deputy Commissioners for not being able to prevent the gangrape of a 23-year-old girl, a case which has rocked the conscience of the nation and provoked violent protests.

Delhi Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna said two ACPs Mohan Singh Dabas of Traffic wing and Yagram of PCR have been suspended.

"I have instructed the Police Commissioner to seek explanation from DCPs Premnath (Traffic) and Satbir Kataria (PCR) and disciplinary action against them will be decided on the basis of that," he said.

Khanna also announced adoption of zero tolerance approach by Delhi Police towards complaint by women and appointed Special Commissioner Sudhir Yadav as the nodal officer for dealing with women's organisations.

After a two-and-a half hour meeting with representatives of various women's groups, Khanna said it would be mandatory for the duty officier of Delhi's all police stations to register the complaint of the woman if she appraoached them.

"It was decided that if any complaint of misbaviour by any of the 80,000 personnel is received, disciplinary action would be taken," Khanna told reporters.

He said Special Commissioner Yadav has been appointed as nodal officer and on last Friday of every month he will meet the representatives of the women's groups.

Apart from it, the LG said police personnel would be imparted training at the Police Training Colleges to be more sensitive and courteous while dealing with women.

They would be trained on language, behaviour and on how to speak and deal with women, he added.

On the steps to make the public transport more safe, the LG said drivers of public service vehicle would be provided with photo identity cards after proper verification.

"During a similar drive for airport taxi drivers, it was found that around 60 per cent had some criminal record. To prevent repetition of such things, drivers would be given photo identity cards only after proper verification from Crime Record Bureau," Khanna said.

A notification in this regard would be issued soon by the Transport Commissioner.

He welcomed the idea of women's groups about their volunteers to be awarded the status of special wardens who would keep a watch on the incidents of eve-teasing in buses along with the plain clothed policemen.

Apart from it, he said these organisations also suggested that they would be allowed to visit help desks and crime against women cell in various police stations to monitor how they were treated.

On the police action against the protesters, the Lieutenant Governor said that the Commissioner of Police has regretted and said an enquiry would be conducted.

"In future, police would work with restrictions in such cases and with minimum force," he said, and appealed to protesters to maintain peace.

Saying such demonstrations were necessary to bring government's attention, he said the protest by the youth and students was necessary to bring to government's notice the issue.

The LG, who was on vacation in the US, denied that he was asked to return to India by the government and said "returning back was my own decision."

(Agencies)

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