The Punjab government on Thursday told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has approved a draft policy for giving compensation and free medical treatment to acid attack victims. The policy will be approved in the next cabinet meeting.
The development took place during the hearing of a PIL filed by Advocate H C Arora where he had sought directions to Punjab and Chandigarh to frame appropriate policy for giving free treatment and financial assistance to acid attack victims.
On the previous hearing,the high court had expressed its annoyance over the delay on the part of the Punjab government in deciding whether to give free medical treatment to such victims. The court had expressed its anguish by observing: Acid attack victims are not beggars,if you cannot frame the policy for their free medical treatment,we may have to exercise our powers to frame such policy for them.
The court,meanwhile,also issued notice Punjab and Chandigarh on another application filed by Arora,seeking directions that a policy be framed to regulate and restrict the sale of concentrated hydro choloric and sulphuric acids in the market.
The petitioner has suggested that unauthorised possession of concentrated hydro choloric and sulphuric acid and their sale to any person without establishing their identity,may be treated as offence under the Explosives Act. Unauthorised possession of explosives under the Act entails to sentence up to life imprisonment. The PIL has been adjourned till July 9.
Trader illegally arrested: HC Notice to Punjab Police,CBI
The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday issued notices to the Punjab Police and CBI on a petition demanding action against Hoshiarpur police officers for allegedly illegally arrested a businessman and stealing Rs 4 lakh from his shop. The petitioner,Ravinder Singh,has alleged that he was illegally picked up by the Crime Branch of Hoshiarpur police in April. He added that the entire incident was captured on the CCTV camera installed outside his office. Singh,who is at present lodged in Hoshiarpur Jail,has demanded a CBI probe into the matter.