Delhi HC anguished over protesters stalling metro service

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05 Jul 2018

Delhi-HC suggests strict action against protesters stalling metro rail services

Delhi HC today suggested penal action against protesters who stall metro rail services or dump garbage on the roads, causing public inconvenience.

The observation by the bench came as it issued a notice to the Center, DMRC, CISF, and the police to seek their stand on a PIL demanding action against those responsible for the alleged stalling of Delhi metro services on May 31.

Backstory

Metro services were stalled for 2 hours at Dwarka Sector-21

The metro services were disrupted for a few hours on Delhi Metro's Blue Line, following a scuffle between DMRC and CISF staff over a parking issue at the Dwarka Sector 21 metro station in southwest Delhi.

"All of them should go to jail," a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said referring to such protests.

The row

CISF staff's tire was deflated because of unauthorized parking

According to the petition, a scuffle occurred around 12.30pm on May 31 after the DMRC and CISF staff got into an altercation when the tire of the CISF staff's vehicle was deflated as it was parked in an unauthorized zone outside the metro station premises.

The plea claimed that since the vehicle was parked illegally, the station manager had ordered to deflate the tire.

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Another PIL

Another PIL over sanitation workers dumping garbage outside prominent buildings

The petition by one Puran Chand Arya was clubbed by the court with another PIL over the May 24 agitation by New Delhi Municipal Council's contractual sanitation workers who had dumped garbage outside prominent government buildings like the Shastri Bhavan and the Rail Bhavan in Lutyens' Delhi, demanding regularization of jobs and better wages.

The bench directed that both matters should be heard together.

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