A Delhi court on Friday exhorted political parties to put their “political vendetta” behind them and “unite in the moment of crisis instead of grinding their own axes”.
The court, while deliberating over a 2003 case of rioting, lamented that it was “unfortunate” that the opposition sometimes sided with the mob during protests “to somehow destabilise existing government”.
While sentencing six persons to one year in jail on charges of rioting, Additional Sessions Judge Manoj Jain observed that “no one should be permitted to mislead and misguide the mob” and to “stir up and provoke their misplaced emotions”.
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“It is unfortunate that whenever any such a situation arises, the opposition normally sides with the mob simply to somehow destabilise the existing government. Our leaders should rather put behind them their political vendetta and unite in the moment of crisis instead of grinding their own axes,” Jain said. The court also observed that police should “videograph the entire episode” by making “best use of available technology” during riot cases.
“We see such type of mob fury virtually every other day. Property is burnt and damaged at the drop of a hat and police are usually seen as mere spectators. Police should rather acquire special skills in handling such type of mob so that no one plays havoc with public property and human lives. It’s, after all, the taxpayers’ hard earned money which is at stake,” Jain observed.
“The trial of such matters should be double quick as a delayed trial may eventually give undue benefit to some mob-members due to possible non-identification,” stated the court.
The police had initially registered cases against 18 people for allegedly damaging public property while staging protests in October 2003 at Madipur area.