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'Terror-free life is a fundamental right'

delhi Updated: Dec 17, 2008 21:17 IST

Reflecting the public concern over security after Mumbai attacks, the Delhi High Court has said that citizens have a fundamental right to enjoy terror-free life and governments have repeatedly failed in providing them a safe environment.

"Right to Life would include right to live with human dignity and the said right will be nugatory if the citizens of the country live under the constant fear of violence and terrorism," Justice Kailash Gambhir said.

"There has been utter failure on the part of governments right from the first terrorist attack in Mumbai in the year 1993 to protect its citizens from the ruthless and barbaric attacks at the hands of mindless terrorists," he said, while expressing anguish over the recent terror attacks across the country.

"Our country did not awake even after these militants had attempted an outrageous attack in the year 2001 on our Parliament," he said

"The safety of the people is the supreme law which is not only important but lies in the heart of Article 21 of the Constitution. It is the obligation and foremost duty of the government not only to preserve the rights of the citizens but also to ensure that the people live without any fear," the court said.

He also said that the policy makers should learn from these attacks and the politicians should talk in one voice on the issue.

"Let there be no further mistakes and the country must act tough and completely gear up to have complete mechanism in place to effectively combat the menace of terrorism," he said.

"The country must fight the war against terror in one voice and all the political parties must raise their voice against the terror in unison by leaving this arena at least out of politicking and blame game."

The court's observations came while dismissing a petition of suspected terrorists allegedly involved in the September 13 serial blasts here, challenging their custodial interrogation beyond 15 days.