Country must act tough on terror, says court

December 17th, 2008 - 10:51 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) The Delhi High Court, while dismissing a plea of the Delhi serial blast suspects, Wednesday said right to life will be of no real value “if the citizens of the country live under the constant fear of violence and terrorism”. “The country must act tough” against terror, it added.“Right to life would include right to live with human dignity and the said right will be nugatory if the citizens of the country live under the constant fear of violence and terrorism,” Justice Kailash Gambhir said.

“There has been utter failure on the part of governments right from the first terrorist attack in Mumbai in the year 1993 to protect its citizens from the ruthless and barbaric attacks at the hands of mindless terrorists,” he said.

“Our country did not awake even after these militants had attempted an outrageous attack in the year 2001 on our parliament,” he said.

He also said that the policy-makers should learn from these attacks and the politicians should talk in one voice on the issue.

“Let there be no further mistakes and the country must act tough and completely gear up to have complete mechanism in place to effectively combat the menace of terrorism,” he said.

“The country must fight the war against terror in one voice and all the political parties must raise their voice against the terror in unison by leaving this arena at least out of politicking and blame game,” he said.

The court’s observations came while dismissing a petition of suspected terrorists allegedly involved in the Sep 13 serial blasts here, challenging their custodial interrogation beyond 15 days.

A series of blasts in the capital Sep 13 had claimed 26 lives and injured many more.

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