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High Court asks Delhi Government, police to inform it about action plan to tackle bomb threats to schools

Petitioner’s child studies at DPS, Mathura Road, which received one such threat call last year

High Court asks Delhi Government, police to inform it about action plan to tackle bomb threats to schools

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Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 24

The Delhi High Court has sought to know from the NCT government and the Delhi Police about an “action plan” to deal with frequent instances of bomb threats to schools in the national capital.

Justice Subramonium Prasad issued notice to them on a plea filed by advocate Arpit Bhargava, who alleged that out of five incidents of bomb threats to schools last year, three were yet to be investigated and taken to logical conclusion.

In a recent order, Justice Prasad asked the Delhi Government and the Delhi Police to indicate the action plan to be taken and posted the matter for further hearing in April.

The petitioner’s child studies at DPS, Mathura Road, which received one such threat call last year.

“Even this Hon’ble Court was targeted in a similar fashion when a bomb threat email on 15.02.24 sent everyone on their toes and a strict security drill had to be initiated in all courts across Delhi,” Bhargava submitted through  advocate Beenashaw N Soni.

“Such incidents have become a daily routine leading to major headache not only to the Petitioner but to all stakeholders. The safety and security of children is of prime importance and there does not appear to be any solution in hand especially when no reply whatsoever has been filed by Respondent No.1 (Delhi government) till date,” he stated in his application.

In his main petition, Bhargava said he was aggrieved by the lackadaisical approach of the Delhi government and police in dealing with frequent bomb threat emails received by schools here and consequent failure of the authorities to ensure safety and security of children, teachers, staff and other stakeholders. The authorities have failed to prevent recurrence of such threats leading to extreme trauma, stress, harassment, inconvenience and fear in the minds of all including the petitioner he submitted.

The Delhi Police had earlier said they have “Bomb Disposal Squads” and “Bomb Disposal Teams” to deal with such threats and incidents in terms of a standard operating procedure. (With PTI Inputs)

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