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NEW DELHI: Af­ter Mon­day’s deadly shoot­ing within the Rohini Court com­plex, where an undertrial was killed, ques­tions are be­ing raised over the se­cu­rity of pris­on­ers and un­der­tri­als within court premises, where they have to be pro­duced for hear­ing.

Un­der­trails and con­victs pro­duced at city courts are seem­ingly be­com­ing easy tar­gets for ri­vals crim­i­nals and con­tract killers.

Over the years, in­ci­dents of gang­sters es­corted by cops be­ing mur­dered in broad day­light have be­come fre­quent.

In April, a 38-year-old undertrial Ra­jesh was gunned down by two peo­ple out­side gate num­ber three of Rohini court.

Ra­jesh was re­port­edly a mem­ber of the Neeraj Bawana gang and was wanted in more than 16 cases of rob­bery, mur­der and da­coity.

Though Delhi Po­lice ap­pre­hended the shoot­ers in the case, the in­ci­dent raised ques­tions over the se­cu­rity cover pro- vided to the de­ceased crim­i­nal.

In 2015, a head con­sta­ble of Delhi Po­lice was killed and sev­eral oth­ers in­jured when four armed as­sailants opened fire inside a court­room at Karkar­dooma Court Com­plex in East Delhi.

The most per­ti­nent ques­tion is how these as­sailants and con­tract killers man­age to dodge se­cu­rity check at the court gates and suc­cess­fully en­ter the premises with a weapon.

Hi­lal Haider, a Supreme Court ad­vo­cate, notes, “It is clear that there is se­vere se­cu­rity lapse in lower courts. Killers man­ag­ing to sneak in weapons should be a ma­jor area of con­cern for the po­lice in-chage of pro­vid­ing se­cu­rity cover to the courts.”

“Re­cent in­ci­dents have raised ques­tions over the ef­fe­ciency of the se­cu­rity cover in the courts,” Haider added.

Such in­ci­dents re­veal a des­per­ate need for po­lice to re­or­gan­ise its se­cu­rity strat­egy in and around court premises, as too many crim­i­nals have man­aged to dodge se­cu­rity.


The exit ramp at Rohini where Vinod was shot dead

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