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Won't Let A Repeat Of 1984 On Our Watch: Delhi HC On Violent Incidents

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The Delhi High Court during the course of hearing petitions related to violence in North-east Delhi observed that it would not let another 1984 happen on its watch.

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court during the course of hearing petitions related to violence in North-east Delhi observed that it would not let another 1984 happen on its watch. Justice Muralidhar of the Delhi High Court said that this was a time when every citizen should be given Z category security.

The court also observed that bureaucrats and functionaries at the highest level should reach out to victims of violence. All constitutional functionaries should be out on the streets of Delhi to build the confidence of the people and boost their morale, the court indicated. The court also asked the government at the highest level to stand by the victims including police personnel who have lost their lives or have been injured in the violence.

Functionaries of both the Union and Delhi governments should meet victims' families, Justice Muralidhar is reported to have observed. The Court also asked the government to consider dedicated helplines. Ambulances should be made available and shelters to house the affected also kept ready, the judge said.

The judge also heard the speech of BJP leader Kapil Mishra played in open court which has been cited as one of the triggers of violence. The Court sought to be informed of action taken against him.

A clutch of petitions was filed in the Delhi High Court with regard to the violence which engulfed large parts of North East Delhi. The court issued a notice to the Delhi police in the matter and asked for a senior official to be present to brief the Bench on developments. The court sought a status report on the action the police have taken or will initiate against those involved in perpetrating violence and on the deployment of forces in affected areas.

The hearing in the case is still on and a final ruling is awaited.

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