The Tis Hazari Lawyer Police Clash: Here’s Everything You Need to Know
Lawyers and police clashed at the Tis Hazari Court complex in Delhi on November 2 during which at least 20 police personnel and several lawyers were injured while many vehicles vandalised or set on fire, according to officials.
We’ve all had those moments - when we’re driving, and our heart sinks before our minds can fully process the crunch of metal on metal, the squeal of tyres, the sharp pull of a seatbelt. The moment we figure out what’s happening to us, usually, the first reaction is rage.
A similar incident between a lawyer’s car and a police van, within a court complex, has resulted in a mass movement throughout Delhi.
Here’s a video of what exactly happened at the court:
Two FIRs were registered against unidentified persons, who were seen in the video hitting a uniformed policeman on a motorcycle with his elbow and slapping him outside the court complex.
Here’s what we know so far:
Lawyers and police clashed at the Tis Hazari Court complex in Delhi on November 2 during which at least 20 police personnel and several lawyers were injured while many vehicles vandalised or set on fire, according to officials. Right after the motor vehicle accident, the police took the lawyer into custody, and allegedly beat him up.
"He was taken inside a lockup and beaten up badly. The SHO came but was not allowed inside. The district judges of the central and west district, along with six other judges went there but were unable to let the lawyer out," Tis Hazari Bar Association secretary Jaiveer Singh Chauhan told PTI.
"In protest a large number of advocates of the Tis Hazari Court assembled near the lockup. CCTV footage examined so far has shown that lawyers forcefully entered the lockup and started manhandling police officials," additional PRO of the Delhi Police Anil Mittal said.
Jaiveer Chauhan has claimed that police fired four rounds while lawyers were leaving the spot and Ranjeet Singh Malik suffered a bullet injury. The injured lawyers were admitted to the St. Stephen's hospital, he said.
"When they stormed the police lockup, for the safety of under-trial prisoners and in self defence, police had to resort to firing aiming in the air. The circumstances of the gunshot injury to the lawyer are being investigated with the help of a forensic team," Mittal said.
Lawyers on Monday sat on a protest at the gate of the court premises, demanding action against those responsible.
Chairman of the Delhi Bar Council K C Mittal, said, "We strongly condemn the brutal and unprovoked attack on lawyers by police at Tis Hazari Court."
"One lawyer is critical. A young lawyer was beaten in lockup, a high-handedness of the police. They should be dismissed and prosecuted. We stand with Delhi lawyers," he said
Ordering a judicial inquiry by one of its retired judges into the clash, the high court at a special sitting on November 3 suspended a police official and transferred two senior police officials during pendency of the investigations.
Here’s what happened yesterday:
Delhi police personnel laid siege to the Delhi Police HQ. In unprecedented protests by Delhi police, thousands of its personnel on Tuesday laid siege outside the Police Headquarters for 11 hours and staged a virtual revolt sparked by two attacks on their colleagues before calling of their stir following multiple appeals including from their chief.
They started gathering at 9 AM, and bu 11.30 AM, two DCPs and two Special CPs were called in to speak to the massive crowd, who refused to budge. The agitating officers urged their co-workers, families and civilians to stand in solidarity with them. In the evening, one of the protestors read out the demands including revoking the licenses of the lawyers who assaulted the policemen and quashing of FIRs against the cops.
The protesting personnel and their family members who had gathered at the force headquarters raised slogans like 'we want justice', 'who will protect the protectors', 'how is the josh? low sir' and 'we miss you Kiran Bedi' to express their angst against their seniors. They also raised the slogan of "Delhi Police Zindabad". The policemen who were protesting since morning refused to leave the spot despite repeated appeals by seniors including their boss Amulya Patnaik.
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.
The protestors ended their stir late in the evening after Special Commissioner of Police (Crime) Satish Golcha assured them that a review petition will be filed against the Delhi High Court order in connection with the police-lawyer clash at the Tis Hazari court complex, and ex gratia of at least Rs 25,000 will be given to the injured policemen.
The police chief assured the protestors that their demands are being looked into but he was heckled by his juniors.
"The entire nation is watching us today. Even if it takes a day or more, we will not leave the protest unless our demands our heard," one of the protesters said while addressing his colleagues.
And here’s today’s update:
Scores of angry lawyers have gathered outside the district courts in Rohini and Saket today. TV visuals showed a man in standing on top of the high-rise court building Rohini in an apparent suicide bid. As lawyers raised slogans, litigants could be seen standing outside the gates of the courts, waiting to enter but not being allowed to do so.
Delhi's Lt Governor Anil Baijal held a meeting with Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik and other top officers on Wednesday, a day after the siege of Police Headquarters. Sources said although it was a routine meeting on law and order, the Lieutenant Governor was also briefed about Tuesday's massive public demonstration. In the meeting, Chief Secretary Vijay Kumar Dev and all joint commissioners of the Delhi Police were present, they said.