Ministry orders new police post, more officers on NGT premises

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) directed the Delhi Police to provide additional security around the premises of the National Green Tribunal (NGT). The move comes after the NGT had written to the ministry requesting for extra security citing terror threat and threat form national and international mafia as a consequence of dealing with sensitive cases.

The ministry has also ordered police to set up a police booth on the NGT premises on Copernicus Marg.

Police sources said in a November 11 meeting chaired by the Union Home Secretary and attended by officers of the MHA, Delhi Police, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and a representative of the NGT, the security arrangement for the tribunal was discussed.

It was decided that the Delhi Police would submit a proposal to the UT division of the MHA to get approval for the additional manpower to be deployed at Faridkot House

According to sources, in their request, the NGT has stated that the "tribunal decides cases wherein high stakes of the national and international mafias are involved, including the land mafia, mining mafia, sand mafia and builder mafias and as such, jeopardises the safety and security of judges and advocates of the tribunal". The tribunal also claimed that they could be made a target of "terrorist activity".

In their request, sources said the NGT also spoke of security threat to the several government building in the same area.

Sources said the threat to the safety and security of judges, advocates and clients was acknowledged by the representatives at the meeting.

In its proposal to the MHA, the Delhi Police said 75 additional posts may be created to secure the NGT premises and keep a watch on the several prominent buildings and institutions around it.

A senior police officer said, "When the NGT first approached us, we informed them that we did not have enough manpower to secure the premises. The matter was referred to MHA who gave us the go-ahead, following which we have made a proposal. The plan will be put into motion soon".

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