‘We Can’t Allow Another 1984 To Happen In Delhi’: Delhi HC Says While Hearing Plea On Violence Over CAA

‘We Can’t Allow Another 1984 To Happen In Delhi’: Delhi HC Says While Hearing Plea On Violence Over CAAThe Wall of Truth memorial to the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and the museum at Bangla Sahib Gurdwara, in New Delhi. (Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday passed a series of orders with regards to the violence in Delhi''s northeast district and said that "another 1984-like situation cannot be allowed to happen in this city under it''s watch".

"We have to be alert," said Justice S. Muralidhar and ordered safe passage for collection of body of deceased, setting up of adequate number of helplines, shelter to people who have been displaced among other things.

"We propose to appoint amicus curie to coordinate between victims and agencies to ensure that prompt action is taken," the court added.

The court was hearing a plea filed by activist Harsh Mander, which was mentioned before a division bench headed by Justice Muralidhar since the Chief Justice''s bench is on leave.

Mander, in the plea, sought an independent judicial inquiry and compensation to those who had died since Sunday. The death toll in Delhi violence has so far risen to 22.

The petition sought directions for the constitution of an SIT comprising officers from outside Delhi and headed by an officer of integrity and repute, capable of acting in an independent manner.

It further demanded direction to the Union of India to request the Army to maintain law and order in Delhi.

The plea also sought the arrest of some prominent political persons for alleged hate speech that incited the public to indulge in violence.

(With inputs from IANS)