ITANAGAR, Apr 11: The Itanagar bench of the Gauhati High Court has upheld decisions given earlier by the Supreme Court and high courts of other states declaring bandh calls as being illegal.
The court issued its judgement on April 4 in response to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) case filed by the Arunachal Citizens’ Rights which said that frequent strike/bandh calls infringe upon fundamental rights of citizens.
Citing earlier Supreme Court and High Court verdicts, the two-judge bench of Justice Kalyan Rai Surana and Justice Mir Alfaz Ali directed the state government to “implement the law declared by the Supreme Court by taking all necessary steps from preventing infringement of various fundamental rights of the citizens on account of various strike/bandh calls etc, given from time to time by various political organization”.
The state counsel informed the court that in the capital, an area has been designated for the staging of protests or demonstrations. The high court said that peaceful protests in designated places or designated areas of all the districts of the state are exempted from the purview of the order “so long those peaceful protests are not in form of bandh/strike”.
While the Court has issued an order for stricter implementation of laws pertaining to curtailing bandhs in the state, successive governments have taken measures to curb bandhs.
Back in 2014, the legislative assembly had passed the Arunachal Pradesh Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Bill to curb the menace. Bandh calls have become less frequent in recent years, with the government cracking down hard on bandh callers.
The last major state-wide bandh that hit normal life was in September last year when the All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) had called a bandh in opposition to the Centre’s decision to grant citizenship rights to Chakma and Hajong refugees living in the state. That bandh witnessed widespread violence.
Source: The Dawnlit Post
Categories: Arunachal Pradesh