Tuesday (November 5): In Delhi, thousands of police personnel started protest outside the Police Headquarters today to demand action against those involved in an attack on their colleague outside the Saket court.
In this unprecedented scene of police protest, police chief Amulya Patnaik had to urge them to resume duty.
The tension between police personnel and lawyers had been building up since Saturday when a clash over a parking dispute led to at least 20 security personnel and several advocates being injured.
As surging crowds of protesters gathered outside the Police Headquarters in ITO, leading to traffic snarls, Patnaik came out of his office to assure them that their concerns will be addressed
“We have to behave like a disciplined force. The government and the people expect us to uphold the law, it is our big responsibility. I urge you to resume duty,” Patnaik told the police personnel.
The entire top brass of the Delhi police tried to pacify the police personnel who were chanting slogans demanding justice and wore black bands.
Delhi Police has a strength of over 80,000 personnel
Holding up placards with slogans such as “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 honour of the uniform
“Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal went to meet injured lawyers but did not meet our policemen who were also injured in the incident. Isn’t it unfair to us,” said a protestor
The protest caused traffic snarls at several intersections leading to ITO.
Delhi Traffic police took to Twitter to issue traffic advisories
The immediate provocation for the protest was an on-duty policeman being thrashed by advocates outside the Saket Court on Monday.
A video of the incident, showing some men beating up a man in uniform on a bike, was circulated widely on social media.
When the policeman was leaving the spot, a man also hit his bike with his helmet.
The protesters also demanded action against the lawyer who assaulted the cop.
Union Minister Kiren Rijiju shared the video on Twitter saying, “Let’s not take law into our hands. It’s not question of supporting any group”
Saturday’s clash also led to many vehicles being vandalised or set on fire, according to officials
The incidents drew sharp criticism from senior police officials who took to Twitter to register their discontent
“I am sorry.. we are police … we don’t exist.. we don’t have families…we don’t have human rights!!!” said former Delhi Police PRO Madhur Verma, currently posted as Arunachal Pradesh’s Deputy Inspector General (DIG)
He was joined by former Delhi DCP Aslam Khan, now posted in Goa.
Khan posted the attack video with a caption, “Khakhi going down to the worse”.
The IPS Association also condemned the attack and expressed solidarity with colleagues subjected to “humiliation” and “assault”
“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!,” the association tweeted from its official handle.
Its not about which profession one is pursuing. Its about human values, dignity and rule of law.
One may be a Lawyer or a Cop or Politician or Mediaperson or Justice/Judge or from any walk of life – this hooliganism should be condemned by all @IPS_Association pic.twitter.com/FTVxS8wmZB
— jatin narwal (@jatinnarwal1) November 4, 2019