Many police workforce and lawyers were injured on Saturday afternoon during a fight at the Tis Hazari Court complex, PTI reported. As many as 17 vehicles were also set on fire during the violence, which reportedly began over a parking dispute. A few journalists covering the clash were also allegedly attacked during the clash.
The 10 injured police staff included Additional Commissioner of Police (North District) Harinder Kumar and the Station House Officers (SHO) of Kotwali and Civil Lines, the police said. The lawyers said that four advocates were injured, one of whom was hurt in police firing. The police, however, refused the allegations. The police said that eight bikes and a police van were torched, while eight other vehicles were also damaged.
Bar officials alleged that the police opened fire at them without provocation and hit them with batons, a charge refused by officials of the force. They said that a lawyer Vijay Verma received a bullet injury in the “barbaric act of Delhi Police.” The dispute led to the spread of the disharmony in Saket court as well. As per a video tweeted by Jitendra Sharma, a group of lawyers attacked a patrolling Delhi police personnel.
तीस हज़ारी कोर्ट में हुये विवाद के नाम पर दिल्ली में वकील गुंडागर्दी पर उतर आये है। साकेत कोर्ट के बाहर पेट्रोलिंग कर रहे @DelhiPolice के सिपाही के साथ बिना वजह मारपीट करते वकील। हाईकोर्ट को ऐसे वकीलों पर भी संज्ञान लेकर कार्रवाई करनी चाहिये। pic.twitter.com/ccMAAFuWyT
— Jitender Sharma (@capt_ivane) November 4, 2019
The original dispute originates over who had the rights to a particular Delhi parking spot. The dispute escalated on Saturday with lawyers setting fire to a police van and other vehicles as officers ransacked lawyers’ chambers. Three lawyers were shot, media reports said, as police used batons on lawyers. Minimum 30 people were hurt.
Video footage, reportedly, emerged on Monday showing a fully-robed lawyer punching and slapping a policeman on a motorbike, prompting Tuesday’s protest. The tension between police staff and lawyers had been increased since Saturday when a clash over a parking dispute led to a minimum of 20 security staff and many advocates being injured.
Commissioner calms protesting cops
The entire top brass of the Delhi police, reportedly, tried to calm down the police personnel who were chanting slogans demanding justice and wore black bands. Delhi Police has the strength of over 80,000 personnel.
“We have to behave like a disciplined force. The government and the people expect us to uphold the law, it’s our huge responsibility. I wish you to resume duty,” Amulya Patnaik, Delhi Police Commissioner, told the police personnel. “The last few days have been testing for us. A judicial inquiry is underway and I request you to have faith in the process,” he told the gathering.
Holding up boards with slogans “We are human in police uniforms”, “We are not punching bags” and “Protectors Need Protection”, the policemen and policewomen urged their seniors to stand with them to save the honor of the uniform. The protesting cops sloganeered “hamara CP kaisa ho, Kiran Bedi jaisa ho”. The Indian Police Service (IPS) Association which is an association of top police officers, condemned the act of hooliganism by black coat wearers of judicial system on Delhi cops.
Incident involving police & lawyers unfortunate. All should take a balanced view of it based on facts in public domain. Countrywide, police stands in solidarity with those police personnel subjected to physical assault & humiliation. Condemn all attempts to break law, by anyone!
— IPS Association (@IPS_Association) November 4, 2019
Opposition targets government
The Opposition is now using the protest by policemen as an opportunity to attack the government. Taking to Twitter, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala wrote, “a new low in 72 years – Police on protest in National Capital of Delhi’. Is this BJP’s New India’?”
A new low in 72 years when Delhi Police is protesting and has ‘gheraoed’ the Police Headquarter.
Home Min, Sh. Amit Shah is ‘mum’.
Why is HM ‘missing in action’ as law & order crumbles in the Capital.
Our Statement-: pic.twitter.com/gxfkk7CR05
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) November 5, 2019
Another Congress leader RPN Singh said, “Those responsible for the security of Delhi are themselves sitting on dharna. What kind of law and order is this? Where are the home ministry and the home minister? Such lawlessness can only be seen under BJP rule.”
Meanwhile, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju in a tweet wrote that policing is a thankless job but cops do it every day without any expectation. He later deleted the tweet. The former Mumbai Police Commissioner, Satya Pal Singh, wrote on his twitter handle that an attack on police force is an attack on the state. “पुलिस राज्य सत्ता का प्रतिनिधित्व करती है, पुलिस की वर्दी राज्य शक्ति का प्रतीक है, पुलिस पर किसी भी प्रकार का हमला राज्य पर हमला है।” read the tweet by Singh.
पुलिस राज्य सत्ता का प्रतिनिधित्व करती है, पुलिस की वर्दी राज्य शक्ति का प्रतीक है, पुलिस पर किसी भी प्रकार का हमला राज्य पर हमला है। pic.twitter.com/f3uaDCa0m1
— Dr. Satya Pal Singh (@dr_satyapal) November 5, 2019
On the other hand, the Director General of Police (DGP), Andaman & Nicobar, Dependra Pathak, took to Twitter to remind Delhi police of grievance redressal in a disciplined manner. “Police is a disciplined force. We are to uphold rule of law maintaining highest standards of discipline.@DelhiPolice is one of the finest Police forces of our country. Protesting Policemen must return to their duties and ask for grievance redressal in a disciplined manner.” tweeted Pathak on Tuesday.
Police is a disciplined force. We are to uphold rule of law maintaining highest standards of discipline.@DelhiPolice is one of the finest Police forces of our country. Protesting Policemen must return to their duties and ask for grievance redressal in a disciplined manner.
— Dependra Pathak (@Dependra_Pathak) November 5, 2019