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Govt shouldn’t hesitate to award punishment: Court
Correspondent/PTI IMPHAL, SEPT 22:
Published on 23 Sep. 2010 12:10 AM IST
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A remarkable ruling of a court here said that government should not hesitate in awarding severe punishment under relevant provisions of law if citizens utterly fail to discharge their fundamental duties under the Constitution of India.
The ruling also stated that it was the fundamental duty of every citizen to protect and improve the environment including forest, lakes, river, wild life and compassion for living creatures.
The ruling gave by a division bench of the Gauhati High Court Imphal Bench pronounced on Tuesday said “who utterly fail to discharge their fundamental duties under the Constitution of India, are required to be punished severely under the relevant provisions of law.”
The court observed the judgment to a public interest litigation (PIL) petition filed by Environment Protection Committee, Palace Compound regarding protection of Nambul river that flow through the heart of Imphal city and management of solid waste generated in Imphal city area.
Under the fundamental duties, as defined in Article 51A of the Constitution of India, every citizens has to protect and improve the environment including forest, lakes, river, wild life and to have compassion for living creatures, the judgment of the division bench comprising, Justice T NK Singh and Justice K Meruno observed while directing Manipur government and Imphal Municipal Council to evict all encroachers on the bank of Nambul River within four months period.
The court also asked not to feel sympathy while evicting them. Since the steps to be taken by authorities were for the betterment of the society, there should be no sympathy in evicting encroachers from the river banks and basin, the 32 paged judgment of the court said.
Meanwhile, a grade four employee of the state Social Welfare department was abducted by militants here, officials said today.
Armed militants barged into the house of 48-year-old O Jugindro, a grade four employee of the department in the interior Bishenpur district late on Monday night, they said, adding, the militants abducted him and took him to an unknown place.
A caller who identified himself as the spokesman of Kangleipak Communist Party-Military Task Force (KCP-MTF) asked the family members of Jugindro to contact the Social Welfare minister and Director and remind the duo of what the militants had asked them to do.
Angry local residents staged a sit-in protest at Leimapokpam area yesterday demanding the immediate release of Jugindro.
It could not be ascertained as to what the militants had exactly told the minister and the director. However, sources in the Social Welfare department said some militant outfits had put pressure on department authorities to appoint some persons in the department on their recommendation.
the state government and Imphal Municipal Council were ordered to abide by the rule and the whole exercise to be completed within a period of four months from the date of receipt of certified copy of this judgment and order, the judges pronounced.

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