HC applauds police for prompt action in evacuating injured

North-east Delhi violence

NEW DELHI, Feb 26:
The Delhi High Court Wednesday applauded the police for prompt action in evacuating the injured in north-east Delhi where communal violence has erupted over the amended citizenship law.
A bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Anup J Bhambhani termed as “extremely unfortunate” the killing of IB officer in the ongoing violence in which 20 people have died and over 180 injured.
“While order was being dictated mid-night, police was implementing it right there and rescuing injured persons,” the bench said during the day’s hearing.
It added that the highest constitutional functionaries who move with Z-security should reach out to the affected people to give them confidence that law is functioning.
The court appointed advocate Zubeda Begum as amicus curiae to coordinate between the victims and various agencies.
It further asked the director of Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) to provide sufficient number of qualified professionals to cater to the victims suffering from post trauma stress.
The court also cautioned the authorities to remain alert so that the carnage caused during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots is not repeated. “No, no we should never allow another 1984… Especially under the watch of the court and under your (Delhi Police) watch… We have to be very, very alert,” the bench said.
The court has put up the matter for further hearing on February 28. The court held a special hearing, which started at 12:30 am at the residence of Justice Muralidhar, after receiving a call from an advocate explaining the dire circumstances wherein it was not possible to move the victims from a small hospital to the GTB Hospital.
It then directed the police to ensure safe passage for the injured to government hospitals and providing emergency treatment for them.
It had directed the police to deploy all resources at command and on the strength of the order as well as to make sure the injured receive immediate emergency treatment, if not at the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital then at the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital (LNJP) or Maulana Azad or any other hospital.
The bench had also called for a status report of compliance, including information about the injured victims and the treatment offered to them. (PTI)