Meerut: Perturbed after the clash with mob in Meerut, the police are now targeting those having licensed gun but could not came to rescue for cops who were overpowered by the agitating crowd. Meerut witnessed a communal violence on April 24.

The police have decided to cancel the licenses of arms holders as they did not help the cops while they were beaten up by the crowd.

Asked if arms had been used, the situation would have been worsened, police were non-committal.

City SP PP Singh said, “The agitators vandalized three police stations in the area.” The SHOs have been given orders to cancel licences of around 2,000 guns and asked to seek reply for not helping the police.

NAC finalises bill on communal violence

Meanwhile, the National Advisory Council (NAC) finalised a draft bill to tackle communal violence including attacks against SC and ST members and religious and linguistic minorities.

The draft Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill also seeks to hold public officials accountable for failure of command responsibility which has been made an offence.

The meeting chaired by Sonia Gandhi, has decided to put the draft bill in public domain to invite comments which could be considered at the next meeting on May 25.

"The Bill provides that if such sanction is not granted by the state within a period of 30 days from the date of application to the state government, sanction to prosecute will be deemed to be granted," a NAC statement said.

The Bill also provides for constitution of a National Authority and State Authorities as the primary monitoring and grievance redressal mechanisms.

"The principle behind this is not to supersede the existing law enforcement machinery, nor to disempower or paralyze the existing administrative and justice mechanisms, but rather to strengthen them and make them more accountable," the NAC statement said.

The Bill seeks to strengthen the rights of the victim through a series of new provisions beginning from the simple right to information at all stages.

The Bill casts legal duties on the State to provide rescue, relief, rehabilitation, compensation and restitution, to ensure that victims are restored to a situation better than which prevailed before they were affected by targeted violence.

JPN/Bureau