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Protecting judiciary

Sir, - The atrocity committed on the night of July 19 on the Additional District Judge at Khammam by some anti-social elements highlights the dangers to which the judiciary is exposed and the need for providing it adequate protection. This is the responsibility of the State Government. It should undertake to provide gunmen at the residential quarters of the judicial officers and at courts. In a democracy the judiciary is one of the pillars. Quite often, judicial officers impose severe punishments like life imprisonment on the accused. Not all the accused are dangerous but some bear a grudge against the judicial officers and conspire to harm them. The Government must ensure that no harm comes to the judges.

V. V. Narasimhacharyulu,

Nellore, A.P.

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Sir, - The news of the attack on the judge and looting of his residential quarters at Khamman, (July 21) causes pain. Normally, dacoits do not target the houses of judicial or police officers, for reasons known to everyone. But when they do, it is proxy for other group. If judicial officers and their families are under such a serious threat, what would be the fate of common folk. Since retired judicial officers have a lot of enemies they are more likely to be targeted. The Centre and the Supreme Court have already been requested to provide weapons to the judicial officers for their self-defence. This needs to be looked into.

M. Narayanaswamy,

Chennai

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