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Police officers summoned

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Petition wants public conveniences freed from anti-social elements' clutches



SEEKING JUSTICE: Members of the United Labour Federation on the court premises on Wednesday. — Photo: S. S. Kumar

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has directed a Deputy Commissioner of Police and two Inspectors of Police to present themselves in court on December 8.

The order came on a public interest litigation petition, alleging that despite complaints the officials had not taken any action against anti-social elements who had grabbed control of several public conveniences in the North Chennai region.

The First Bench, comprising Chief Justice A.P. Shah and Justice K. Chandru, summoned the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Washermanpet, and the Inspectors of H4 and H5 police stations, on a petition filed by the United Labour Federation.

The petitioner asked for a direction to the authorities to protect them and to initiate criminal action against persons responsible for the act. A majority of the conveniences were in North Chennai, and they generated about Rs. 1.8 crore a year, the petitioner said.

Since 1999, they have been managed by a court-appointed advocate commissioner. According to the petitioner, 51 public conveniences were forcibly occupied by persons claiming to represent Corporation councillors. Despite representations, the North Chennai police neither received complaints nor registered any case "presumably because of the ruling party members involved in the grabbing of public conveniences," the petitioner said.

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