Delhi Police vs Lawyers LIVE: Joint Police Commissioner Devesh Srivastava on Tuesday evening assured the protesting police personnel of all help and said that all their demands would be accepted. Earlier, Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik’s appeal to protesting cops to resume duties fell on deaf ears as chants of ‘Police Commissioner Kaisa Ho, Kiran Bedi Jaisa Ho’ reverberated at the police headquarters. Policemen ditched their khakis and donned civilian clothes as they gathered outside the headquarters to protest Saturday’s violence between advocates and lawyers at the Tis Hazari Court and the subsequent assault on a cop outside a court in Saket on Monday. Families of Delhi Police personnel are expected to shortly reach India Gate to protest.
Addressing the cops, Patnaik said: “In the last few days, there have been certain incidents in the Capital that we handled very well. People have expectations from us and we should behave in a disciplined manner like we have always do. A judicial inquiry is looking into the matter.”
He added, “There have been challenges for Delhi Police and we always handle different types of situations. We should keep the law and order in place. I am confident that we will handle this situation well.” This, however, did not placate the protesting cops as they refused to rejoin work.
Protesting cop says, "Kejriwal is not bothered about the policeman who secures them. Since we are not a vote bank and we are on duty on every election day, we are being humiliated by every politician."
#PoliceVsLawyers - Kejriwal is not bothered about the policeman who secures them. Since we are not a vote bank and we are on duty on every election day, we are being humiliated by every politician: Naveen Sharma (Protesting cop) tells @AnchorAnandN on #TheRightStand pic.twitter.com/rgSzxBIs37— News18 (@CNNnews18) November 5, 2019
Attack on Police Equals Attack on State: Former Mumbai CP | Former Mumbai Commissioner of Police Satya Pal Singh says that the police force is representative of the state power, therefore any attack on the force is equal to attack on the state.
पुलिस राज्य सत्ता का प्रतिनिधित्व करती है, पुलिस की वर्दी राज्य शक्ति का प्रतीक है, पुलिस पर किसी भी प्रकार का हमला राज्य पर हमला है। pic.twitter.com/f3uaDCa0m1— Dr. Satya Pal Singh (@dr_satyapal) November 5, 2019
Won't Allow Cops to Descend into Mob Mentality: Govt | According to govt sources, Centre is fully sympathetic with Delhi police officials who were manhandled in the line of duty. The government is waiting for the report of the judicial inquiry, to establish the circumstances that led to the scuffle and then the firing by police personnel. the sources further said that despite its sympathy, under no circumstances will the uniformed emergency service be allowed to descend into a mob mentality or act as a mob, because they themselves implement the law. Sources also said that action is likely against for the violation of the Code of Conduct on both sides i.e. policeman and lawyer. The Centre hopes that tempers on both sides will cool down soon.
'Ask for Redressal With Discipline': Andaman & Nicobar DGP | Andaman & Nicobar DGP Dependra Pathak says that police is a disciplined force and that Delhi police is among the finest in the country. Therefore, it should ask for grievnce redressal in a disciplined manner.
Police is a disciplined force. We are to uphold rule of law maintaining highest standards of discipline.@DelhiPolice is one of the finest Police forces of our country. Protesting Policemen must return to their duties and ask for grievance redressal in a disciplined manner.— Dependra Pathak (@Dependra_Pathak) November 5, 2019
Protests Called Off By Policemen | Policemen protesting outside the Delhi police headquarters called off the strike after accepting repeated appeals by senior cops to retun home. The senior police officials assured the protesters their full support. Protesters were also assured that investigation was being carried out the incidents of violence against their colleagues. Ex gratia of Rs 25,000 was also announced by the senior police officers.
Crowd Thins at Police HQ, But Many Stay on to Protest | The crowd of protesters thinned from outside the Delhi Police Headquarters at ITO, however, many protesters stay behind despite repeated appeals by senior police pesonnel to call off the strike and "go home". Top cops failed to pacify protesters, as their families joined in the demonstrations at India Gate as well as outside the headquarters. Traffic has also opened on the road near the police headquarters.
'Delhi Police to Should Be Firm': Kiran Bedi | Puducherry Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi advises Delhi Police to remain firm on its stand on the police-lawyers clash at Tis Hazari court come what may. She told PTI that she faced a similar situation in January 1988 when a lawyer arrested for theft in St. Stephen's college was brought to the Tis Hazari court in handcuffs. "But I remained firm and refused to budge to the demand of the lawyers seeking suspension/arrest of the cops responsible for hand cuffing the advocate," she said, adding that the person did not identify himself as an advocate at the time of his arrest and also gave a different name to the police. In the present incident too, the "Delhi Police should take a stand and be firm on it come what may", she said.
Bengaluru police commissioner Bhaskar Rao says that the police force is a responsible force. Any action or inaction has severe consequences. "We are armed to the teeth. But should we use it? It should be used in rarest situations," he adds. "We should be able to take as much hurt as possible, we have to take injury, hurt. Somebody should be on the side of the state," he says.
AAP's Sanjay Singh Hits Out at Amit Shah | "Delhi Police is demonstrating, the courts are stalled, crime is increasing rapidly. Home Minister Amit Shah is missing in the whole case, if he can't handle the capital, how will he handle the rest of the country?" tweets AAP's Sanjay Singh.
दिल्ली पुलिस प्रदर्शन कर रही है कोर्ट कचेहरी ठप पड़ी है अपराध तेज़ी के साथ बढ़ रहा है गृह मंत्री अमित शाह पूरे मामले में लापता हैं अगर देश की राजधानी नही सम्भल रही तो देश कैसे सम्भालोगे?#WhereIsAmitShah— Sanjay Singh AAP (@SanjayAzadSln) November 5, 2019
No Work at Delhi District Courts Tomorrow | The Delhi District Courts Coordination Committee has decided that abstinence from work in all Delhi District Courts, will continue tomorrow. Litigants, however, will be permitted to have access to the court rooms.
Delhi Districts Courts Coordination Committee: The Committee has decided that abstinence from work in all Delhi District Courts, will continue tomorrow. Litigants will be permitted to have access to the court rooms.— ANI (@ANI) November 5, 2019
"If a similar event would happen in any other state this would tantamount to a constitutional break down. I want to ask where is the Home Minister," says AAP spokesman Raghav Chadha.
#PoliceVsLawyers - If a similar event would happen in any other state this would tantamount to a constitutional break down. I want to ask where is the Home Minister: @raghav_chadha (Spokesperson, AAP) tells @maryashakil on #Viewpoint. pic.twitter.com/XhSBSFL566— News18 (@CNNnews18) November 5, 2019
Will File Plea Against HC Order: Senior Cop | "Will file review petition against Delhi HC order," Special CP (Crime) Satish Golcha tells protesting policemen. He also assures them that the injured policemen will get ex gratia of at least Rs 25,000. He further issues a fresh appeal, urging policemen to end the protest and resume duty, as protesters refuse to end stir.
'HM Missing in Action': Congress | Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted saying that the Delhi police does not report to the LG but directly to the Union Home Ministry. He questioned why Home Minister Amit Shah was "in hibernation" and had not come out to control th law and order situation.
Delhi Police is not controlled by Lt. Governor of Delhi.— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) November 5, 2019
Home Minister, Sh. Amit Shah is directly incharge of Delhi Police.
Why is H.M ‘missing in action’?
Why is he not coming forward to restore law & order and address the concerns?
Why is HM in hibernation?#PoliceProtest
Delhi Special CP Urges Protesters to Go Home | Delhi Special Commissioner of Police urged the protesting crowds, including the families of the policemen, to return home. He said that investigation was ongoing in the 2 cases of violence. He also assured the protesters that no action will be taken against the protesting cops.
Karnataka IPS Assn Extends Support to Delhi Cops | The Karnataka chapter of the IPS Association came out in support of the policemen protesting in Delhi after Kerala and Tamil Nadu IAS associations also extended their support to the cops injured in violence at Tis Hazari and Saket courts.
We strongly condemn incidents of violence against Officers & Men of Delhi Police and stand in solidarity with the Injured & their families. We appeal to the Authorities to swiftly bring the guilty to book by a fearless & impartial investigation & ensure Justice & Equity prevail.— IPS (Karnataka) Association (@IPS_KTK_Assn) November 5, 2019
Protesting Cops Demand Suspension of Lawyers' Licences | Delhi Police's protesting personnel on Tuesday demanded that the licences of lawyers who assaulted their colleagues be revoked and the transfer of the officers involved in the Tis Hazari clash last week rescinded. "We also want a police association, provide better treatment to injured policemen, reinstate suspended police personnel. Strict action should be taken against advocates and the FIR," said one of the protesters, reading out the list of demands.
Delhi LG Anil Baijal Issues Statement | Delhi Lieutenant-General Anil Baijal, in a meeting with the Chief Secretary and Additional Chief Secretary reviews the situation. In a statement, he says that the best possible treatment should be given to the injured cops as well as lawyers free of cost. He also appeals for harmony and law and order. He orders that ex-gratia be given to injured policemen as well.
Here are some visuals of families of the protesting police personnel at India Gate:
Delhi: Family members of Delhi Police personnel protesting against the clash that broke out between police & lawyers at Tis Hazari Court on 2nd November, lit candles at India Gate, today. https://t.co/NfC5eafC4C pic.twitter.com/NWOKN14FuE— ANI (@ANI) November 5, 2019
Conflict Should Have Been Avoided: Manish Sisodia | Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia says, "On one side, there are Police personnel who provide security to the common man & on other side are the lawyers that ensure justice to them. Conflict between them, should have been avoided or handled well."
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia: Entire episode is unfortunate. On one side, there are Police personnel who provide security to the common man & on other side are the lawyers that ensure justice to them. Conflict between them, should have been avoided or handled well. pic.twitter.com/NM5xuuiWOq— ANI (@ANI) November 5, 2019
IAS Association Condemns Violence Against Cops | The IAS Association tweeted expressing solidarity with the protesting police personnel.
We strongly condemn the cowardly action perpetrated against the police personnel at Tis Hazari Court. We stand by our colleagues in their time of distress and hope the culprits are brought to justice soon.— IAS Association (@IASassociation) November 5, 2019
Paramilitary Deployed at India Gate | Paramilitary forces were deployed at India Gate where families of the protesting police personnel have gathered to stage a dharna.
Unprecedented situation: Delhi police and paramilitary forces are deployed at India Gate standing guard against police families.— Zeba Warsi (@Zebaism) November 5, 2019
Protesting police families are expected to reach here to demand justice #LawyersVsDelhiPolice pic.twitter.com/BfhukDGYtf
MHA Monitoring the Situation | The Ministry of Home Affairs is monitoring the situation, it said, as protesting policemen throng outside the Delhi police Headquarters at ITO. The Ministry also sought a clarification to the Delhi High Court's order, hwich was adjourned for tomorrow. It also receivd a report from the polcie spelling out the facts of the incidents of violence at Saket and Tis Hazari courts in the national capital.
Earlier, a protesting woman constable said: “People don’t realise the kind of danger we are put through every day. If we can’t save ourselves, then how will we fulfill our responsibility of protecting others? We are human beings too and we must be treated with respect.”
Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Eish Singhal assured the protesting policemen that their concerns would be addressed. “Your concerns and anger have been conveyed to senior officials and I want to assure you that your protest here will not go unsuccessful,” Singhal said.
In a video of the incident that triggered the protests and has now gone viral, a policeman riding a bike is seen being confronted by a small group of protesting lawyers, one of whom hits him with his elbow and flings a helmet on him as he rides past.
A political slugfest erupted over the protests with Congress’ Randeep Surjewala dubbing it as a “new low” in the country’s history and questioned Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s silence on the matter. “A new low in 72 years – Police on protest in ‘National Capital of Delhi’.Is this BJP’s ‘New India’? Where will BJP take the country? Where is India’s HM, Sh. Amit Shah?” he wrote on Twitter.
A new low in 72 years – Police on protest in ‘National Capital of Delhi’.
Is this BJP’s ‘New India’?
Where will BJP take the country?
Where is India’s HM, Sh. Amit Shah?
मोदी है तो ही ये मुमकिन है!!! pic.twitter.com/6irmEZ7Zam
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) November 5, 2019
Meanwhile, Kiren Rijiju, a junior minister in Modi’s cabinet extended his support to the protesting policemen, saying that being a cop is a “thankless job” that often goes underappreciated. However, he later deleted his tweet.
“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,” he said. In a separate tweet, Rijiju urged everyone to not take law into their hands but “let law take it’s own course!”
Senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officers took to Twitter to express their dismay and anger following the incident.
Sharing a video of the Tis Hazari incident where a policeman is seen being dragged and beaten by over 50 lawyers in the court premises, senior IPS officer Aslam Khan posted on Twitter, “Any opinion? This was starting point of tussle what I could guess. For how long police will be at receiving end just because they have no support and leadership.”
Abhinav Kumar who is posted in Jammu & Kashmir, wrote on Twitter, “As a proud policeman serving in Kashmir, recent HC order in the clash of lawyers & police is demoralizing for police all over India. Lawless acts by lawyers are also clearly available in the public domain. Delhi HC, please take action on them too.” He tagged Delhi Police and the IPS Association.
Another IPS officer Sanjukta Parashar concurred, “This video is very disturbing on all levels. The protests after this are bizaree. We, of course, must maintain impartiality and equanimity. But can we call a spade a spade please. Its high time.”
Renuka Mishra, another senior IPS officer posted, “Precisely. Nobody can be above the law.
“It is sad that police officers doing their duty are being prejudged without an opportunity to defend themselves. Karo, tab bhi maro? We have seen CCTV footage too. What excuse do the lawyers have for breaking the law.”
Advocates in the Delhi High Court and all district courts here on Monday abstained from judicial work protesting against the clash between lawyers and police in the Tis Hazari court complex on Saturday.
The lawyers are not participating and appearing in proceedings and only proxy counsel are taking dates. Advocate Naginder Benipal, executive member of the Delhi High Court Bar Association, said lawyers have supported and cooperated with the call to abstain from work in the high court.
On Saturday, violence erupted at Tis Hazari courts in North Delhi between police and lawyers following a parking row in which 21 police personnel and eight lawyers were injured. As many as 14 motorcycles, one police car, were burnt and eight prison vans were damaged.
In a special hearing on Sunday, the Delhi High Court ordered a judicial inquiry by a retired High Court judge into the clash and directed that “no coercive action should be taken against any lawyer on the basis of the FIRs lodged at the behest of police officials”.