New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday blamed both the lawyers and police for the violent clashes that took place in Delhi’s Tis Hazari court. “Nobody claps with one hand. Problems are from both sides. We don’t want to say more,” the apex court was quoted by a report as saying.
Nearly 30 people were injured in the clash between the two groups on Saturday. Following this incident, over thousands of policemen in Delhi ‘gheraoed’ the Police Headquarters (PHQ) at ITO area to protest against the lawyers for attacking the policemen. The agitating cops had demanded protection from attack by lawyers and others. Meanwhile, in a shocking video of the scuffle, the Delhi lawyers can be seen harassing a woman DCP Monika Bharadwaj. While Bharadwaj can be seen running as a few lawyers try to catch hold of her in the video. Some reports alleged that a 9 mm pistol was reported to be missing after the clash and an FIR has been registered in this regard.
The lawyers, on the other hand, alleged that there were threatened and targeted by the Delhi police. A day after the Tis Hazari clash, Mohit Mathur of the Bar Council of India, as quoted by an NDTV report, told the Delhi High Court, “They want to paint us as villains…one advocate was dragged by 14 police officers. It is all captured on CCTV footage.”
Following the Tis Hazari clash, another attack took place on Monday in Saket where an on-duty policeman was allegedly thrashed by advocates, stated a report. Delhi Commissioner of Police Amulya Patnaik told news agency ANI, “The concerns of police personnel have been taken up at appropriate levels. A case has been registered and action will be taken in the Saket incident. Delhi High Court has ordered judicial inquiry in Tis Hazari Court incident.”