Two days after the violent clash between the Delhi Police and lawyers at Delhi’s Tis Hazari Court complex, several videos of lawyers manhandling the men in khaki and passersby at Saket and Karkardoma courts were doing the rounds on social media.
In one such video, a lawyer is seen slapping a bike-borne policeman. The video shows the lawyer hitting the police personnel on his back with his elbow. The lawyer then slaps him twice and he drives away, he hurls a helmet at him. Fort
The video shows the lawyer hitting the cop on his back with his elbow even as the policeman tries to take a U-turn. The lawyer then slaps him twice, and as he drives away, he hurls the man’s helmet at him. Fortunately, it hit the bike.
On November 5th, 2019, Union minister Kiren Rijiju come out in support of Delhi Police personnel who are protesting against the recent cases of police officers being manhandled by lawyers at various courts in the national capital.
In a strong-worded tweet, Rijiju said, ” Being a cop is a thankless job. But they don’t do it for thanks. Police officers put their lives on the line every day. They are damned if they do, and damned even if they don’t. What gets lost in all the anti-police rhetoric is the family left at home while a policeman serves.”
However, minutes later the Union Minister deleted the tweet and issued a clarification saying, “It’s not question of supporting any group. Just let’s not take law into our hands.”
Replying to Rijiju, IPS officer from Assam Sanjukta Parashar tweeted,” We do it because we are here to do our duty and to uphold the rule of law, sir.”
Madhur Verma, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Arunachal Pradesh wrote on Twitter, ” I am sorry.. we are police … we don’t exist.. we don’t have families…we don’t have human rights !!!”
Condemning the incident, IPS Association tweeted, ” Countrywide, police stands in solidarity with those police personnel subjected to physical assault & humiliation. Condemn all attempts to break law, by anyone!.”
Watch the video here:
A scuffle broke out between lawyers and Delhi Police personnel over parking in the Tis Hazari Court Complex on November 2nd, 2019. Later it escalated, leading to violence and arson in which 21 vehicles, private bikes were set on fire and vandalised. The lawyers alleged that the police fired at them. On November 3rd, 2019, the Delhi High court ordered a judicial probe into the violence.
On November 5th, 2019, hundreds of Delhi Police personnel wearing black band sat on a protest outside police headquarters to protest against the assault. On November 4th, 2019, advocates in the Delhi High Court and all district courts went on strike and even refused to present in front of the judges at the Delhi High Court.
Photo credit: @aslam_IPS