Delhi Police launched a massive protest outside their headquarters today, agitating against the fallout of violent clashes between cops and lawyers that broke out on Saturday at the city’s Tis Hazari court complex. At least 20 policemen and eight lawyers were injured and 20 vehicles were vandalised in Saturday’s clash. That attack was swiftly followed by another violent confrontation – this time outside the Saket District Court – between a single policeman and a group of lawyers.
The Indian Police Service (IPS) has tweeted in support of its Delhi colleagues, saying that police officers across the country supported their action.
“Incident involving police and 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 and humiliation. Condemn all attempts to break law, by anyone!” the tweet reads.
The Bar Council of India has urged striking lawyers to remember a plea made on Saturday, when it asked its members to respect the courts and return to work as normal.
On Saturday, lawyers and police clashed at the Tis Hazari court complex over a parking dispute. The lawyers alleged that one of their group was injured after the police opened fire but police said shots were only fired in the air to “ensure the safety of undertrials”.
“In order to ensure the safety of undertrials, we fired in the air. The circumstances in which one of the lawyers suffered a bullet injury is being investigated,” a Delhi Police statement said.
The violence shocked the Delhi High Court into taking suo motu cognisance of the incident; in an emergency hearing held on the same day the court transferred two senior police officers, suspended two others, ordered a judicial probe and awarded compensation to injured lawyers.
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