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HC: Enact special law for dealing with gangsters


HC: Enact special law for dealing with gangsters

Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13

The Punjab and Haryana High Court wants Punjab and Haryana to go the Uttar Pradesh way for dealing with goons and their disruptive actions. Taking suo motu cognisance of growing cult of gangsters in the two states, the court today recommended the enactment of special laws for dealing with mobsters and to prevent anti-social activities on the UP pattern.

Setting a six-month deadline, the Division Bench of Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Harinder Singh Sidhu asserted: “In Punjab and Haryana, to prevent and deal with gangsters and anti-social activities, making special provisions on the analogy of the Uttar Pradesh Gangsters and Anti-Social Activities (Prevention) Act, 1986, is the need of the hour.”

In Punjab alone, more than 17 A-category dreaded criminals and over 20 B-category gangsters were believed to be active till about two years ago. The police arrested or killed around 30 most-wanted gangsters till last year.

The observations came in a case where two warring gangs were trying to prove their territorial superiority. The matter was placed before the Bench after Rakesh Kumar alias Boxer moved the court against Punjab, challenging the order of his conviction and life imprisonment sentence slapped by a Ludhiana Court in January, 2016, for killing Pinku. Dismissing the appeal as bereft of merit, Justice Sharma added there was enmity between two groups.

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