NEW DELHI: A trial court has expressed concern over the deteriorating law and order situation in the capital and has urged that immediate steps must be taken for the safety and security of citizens.
While sentencing two youths to 10-years of rigorous imprisonment (each) for robbing and grievously injuring a man last year, additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau said, “The deteriorating law-and-order problem in the city is a matter of serious concern and immediate steps are required to be taken at all levels for ensuring security and safety of the citizens.”
The court refused any leniency to Yamin (26) and Vikas (24) who were involved in several cases of robbery, theft and dacoity and said that any sympathy shown to them would harm the justice system. A fine of Rs 10,000 was also imposed on each of the convicts.
The accused duo had allegedly robbed and grievously injured one Braham Dev Singh at an underpass in northwest Delhi when he was returning home on April 16 last year.
According to prosecution, Yamin along with Vikas and a juvenile aide had hit Singh after which he fell down and they attacked him with fist blows and robbed him of Rs 3,500 cash, a cellphone, an ATM card and other documents. The court said that in the recent past capital has experienced a spurt and rise in the incidents of robbery, dacoity, murder and other kinds of crime. Instances of young people getting involved in criminal activities… , are also on rise, the court added.
“Criminals are unhesitatingly and indiscriminately using dangerous weapons on helpless victims who may or not offer any resistance, thereby spreading terror in the society and adversely affecting social order,” the judge said.
The convicts sought leniency on the ground that they are young, but the court said they are professional robbers who have a large number of criminal involvements and have been convicted earlier.