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Three days after violent clashes between lawyers and police at the Tis Hazari Court Complex, thousands of Delhi Police personnel held a protest outside the police headquarters in the capital today.
Among the demands made by the Delhi Police are the removal of security in place for judges and at courts. The police have also demanded that FIRs be lodged against all lawyers involved in the Tis Hazari violence, and that FIRs be lodged on the basis of complaints of police personnel. It is also demanded that traffic police officials show no leniency to lawyers.
The immediate trigger for today’s protest appears to be an incident wherein an on-duty policeman was thrashed by lawyers outside the Saket Court Complex on Monday. A video appears to show men dressed in black and white attacking a policeman on a bike.
Today, an FIR was registered with the Saket Police Station with respect to the incident. The complainant, CT Karan, has stated in the FIR that on November 4, when he was on his way to Saket Court, he was stopped by a few lawyers near Gate 3 of the Saket Court Complex. He narrates that the advocates abused him and even threatened to kill him. It is further stated that one of the advocates forcibly took his helmet from him and also hit him.
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Earlier today, Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik had appealed to the protesting police personnel to return to duty.
Meanwhile, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has called a meeting with police officials.
A scuffle broke out between lawyers and police personnel at Delhi’s Tis Hazari Court Complex on Saturday, after an argument between a lawyer and the police over parking.
The altercation soon escalated and resulted in serious violence in the Court Complex which included a lawyer getting shot.
As per the statement issued by the Delhi Police, 20 police officials including one Additional DCP and 2 SHOs sustained injuries. In the fire, 12 private motorcycles, 1 QRT gipsy of police and 8 jail vans outside the lock-up were damaged.
The Delhi Police has also clarified that gunshots were fired in the air for the safety of under trial prisoners and in self-defence after a group of lawyers stormed the police lockup. The circumstances of the gunshot injury to the lawyer is also being investigated with the help of the CFSL team.
On November 3, after taking suo motu cognizance of the incident, the Delhi High Court had ordered a judicial inquiry into the violence.
The High Court also postponed the elections of the Bar Associations at Tis Hazari and Karkardooma Courts which were slated to be held on November 5 and November 7, respectively.
Meanwhile, the Bar Council of India (BCI) warned that strict action would be taken against lawyers who indulged in the violence. The BCI has also called on the Coordination Committee of all District Bar Associations in Delhi to convene an emergency meeting by 2:00 pm so that earlier resolutions calling for the Court boycott may be recalled.