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Delhi riots: HC says premeditated conspiracy, not on spur of the moment

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New Delhi, Sep 28: The Delhi High Court has said the last year’s riots did not take place on the spur of the moment, rather it was a “pre-planned” and “premeditated” conspiracy to disturb law and order in the capital. The three-day violence left over 50 dead and hundreds injured.

The high court made these observations while dealing with a bail application moved by one Mohd. Ibrahim in a case connected with the alleged murder of Delhi Police head constable Ratan Lal.

The high court declined to grant bail to the accused in the matter, stating that the available video footage showing the petitioner with the sword was “quite egregious” and sufficient to keep him in custody. Ibrahim was arrested in December 2020 and has been in judicial custody since then.

Justice Subramonium Prasad noted that there was systematic disconnection and destruction of the CCTV cameras in the areas near the place of the incident. The court noted the riots, which shook the national capital in February 2020, evidently did not take place in a spur of the moment, rather it was a conspiracy, planned and executed.

The court added, “innumerable rioters ruthlessly descended with sticks, dandas, bats, etc. upon a hopeless outnumbered cohort of police officials”.

The court noted the conduct of the protesters, who were present on the video footage, placed on record by the prosecution, visibly portrays that it was a calculated attempt to dislocate the functioning of the government, and also disrupt the normal life of the people.

The court said in the video footage submitted by the prosecution, it was clear from the conduct of the protesters that the riots were a planned attempt to disrupt normal life and the functioning of the government.

While acknowledging the importance of personal liberty in a democratic polity, the court clarified that “individual liberty cannot be misused in a manner that threatens the very fabric of civilized society by attempting to destabilise it and cause hurt to other persons”.

“The systematic disconnection and destruction of the CCTV cameras also confirms the existence of a pre-planned and premeditated conspiracy to disturb law and order in the city,” said Justice Prasad.

Denying bail to Ibrahim, the court said he was identified on multiple CCTV footages, carrying a sword and instigating the crowd and the clinching evidence is sufficient for his incarceration. The court noted that the weapon carried by him was capable of causing grievous injuries and/or death, and is prima facie a dangerous weapon.

In a separate order, the court granted bail to one Saleem Khan, due to absence of any material to show that he was a part of the unlawful assembly at the crime scene.

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Call me “Dada”, not “Sir”, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb to employees

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Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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