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Delhi govt acted in panic during April 13 sealing drive: Hardeep Singh Puri

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Accusing the government of "acting in panic" over the April 11 order and ordering a sealing drive leading to violence in Mayapuri, Puri said the issue is not under the Centre's purview as is being alleged by the dispensation.

Around 14 officials, including an of police, were injured after clashes broke out between security personnel and local scrap dealers during a sealing drive in west Delhi's area on April leading to a political slugfest between the ruling and the BJP.

"They (AAP) did not do anything for the past five years. Now, with the saying that officials will be jailed, they went into panic mode and did something illegal. There was a lack of responsibility from the government. They did not even stop to see who was allowed and who wasn't. The directions of the was for the government, not for the centre," Puri said.

The (AAP) on April 13 had shared a video on purportedly showing security personnel resorting to stone pelting, which dubbed as "extremely shameful".

A bench headed by NGT Justice had directed the and member secretary, Delhi Committee, to respond why they should not be jailed and prosecuted if illegal activities were not stopped and people kept suffering on account of illegal activities.

The green panel has also ordered the officials to appear before it on May 3 with a compliance report.

"When the Model Code of Conduct is in place there should be no such activity that could lead to civil unrest or displacement," said Puri.

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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 19:00 IST