"Initiated appropriate legal action against people damaging properties during CAA/ NRC Protests": Delhi Police tells High Court

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The PIL plea has sought direction to recover damages from the people involved in damaging public and private properties during the CAA/NRC protests.

The Delhi Police on Wednesday informed the Delhi High Court that they have initiated appropriate legal action against the persons involved in causing damage to the public and private properties during the protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019. In as much 535 cases have been registered for damaging property, the police told. 

 A bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad deferred hearing the matter as the copy of the affidavit was not before the bench.

The bench was hearing a Public Interest Litigation plea seeking directions to recover damages from the people involved in damaging public and private properties in the 2020 Delhi Riots, during Anti CAA/ NRC Protests.

The affidavit submitted that due to the measures taken by Delhi Police, the violence could be contained in few days and was confined to a limited area.

"That from the start of violence in the area to till date, 758 cases have been registered. The investigation of these cases is being carried out in a professional and scientific manner under the monitoring of senior officers," the affidavit added.

It has been submitted that during the entire period of protests against CAA/NRC and blockades of roads by the protestors, Delhi Police remained vigilant and cautious and took all necessary measures to ensure that the protest do not escalate and the protestors do not breach the law-and-order situation in the area under the grab of exercising the constitutional rights available with them.