Police in the district will undertake a campaign against the sale of acid in violation of the strict guidelines issued by the Supreme Court. The the deputy inspector general/senior superintendent of police, Dehradun, Arun Mohan Joshi has issued orders to this effect.
In the past, acid was sold without any restrictions in shops and no legal document or license was required for this. No information was collected about the person buying the acid.
This was one of the reasons why acid attacks were carried out in the past. Actor Kangana Ranaut’s sister Rangoli Ranaut suffered an acid attack in 2007 while studying in Dehradun.
Other women were also targeted in a similar way in other parts of the country. Considering this, the Supreme Court had issued an advisory and issued strict guidelines. According to the Supreme Court guidelines, a license was mandatory for those selling acid.
Further, the name of the person buying acid was to be entered in the register of the vendor along with a copy of the buyer’s photo identity card.
In this regard, Joshi received information that acid was being sold openly or without license at some places in the district in violation of the Supreme Court guidelines.
Taking serious cognisance of this, Joshi has ordered the in-charge of all police stations to explain clearly to all beat constables and Cheetah police and conduct raids in all possible sites where acid is being sold without observance of the Supreme Court guidelines.
The in-charge have been told to also visit sites in plain clothes and identify vendors violating the Apex court guidelines and selling acid without license. Strict action should be taken against such vendors, stressed the SSP.
In this regard, Joshi has directed that a proper campaign be undertaken in the district against sale of acid in violation of Supreme Court orders. All the police stations in-charge have also been ordered to submit a daily report of the action taken in this regard.
After the said campaign, if acid is being found sold openly in any area, the police station in-charge will be held responsible and strict action will be taken against him/her.