How’s the josh? Low sir: Delhi Police HQ under siege for over 10 hours

Thousands of Delhi Police personnel called off their day-long protest on Tuesday evening after seniors assured them that most of their demands would be met. The police personnel held a high voltage protest against the alleged assault on some of their colleagues by lawyers at Tis Hazari court premises and outside Saket court on Saturday and on Monday, respectively.

Clashes between police and lawyers at Tis Hazari Court complex on Saturday spiraled out of proportion as over 10,000 Delhi Police personnel staged an unprecedented protest outside their own headquarters in Delhi.

The protesting officers had alleged that ‘no action’ was taken by the Delhi Police Commissioner, Amulya Patnaik after the police personnel was assaulted on Saturday. They raised slogans outside the Delhi Police Headquarters against the police chief.

The protest by the police personnel was also an indication that all is not well inside the police system and the huge disconnect between the senior officials and the lower-ranking officials. “We are being beaten up but our senior officials and commissioners are acting as mute spectators. We are not wearing this uniform to get assaulted every day,” a protesting cop said.

The protest also witnessed a clear bifurcation between top officials and other police personnel of Delhi. Earlier in the day, Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik himself tried to convince the protesting cops but was booed by them.

DCP AMULYA PATNAIK BOOED

The agitating cops also booed and jeered several top officers as they sought to placate them during their protest against the assault on some of their colleagues by the lawyers.

Officials up to the rank of senior inspector including few deputy police commissioners were supporting the protesters whereas the police commissioner along with top officials wanted the chaos to end.

“When the matter went to the Supreme Court, we were not represented properly and the action was taken only against our officials. Lawyers were the ones who were responsible for the incident, still, no petition was filed against the order,” another protester said.

Posters of Kiran Bedi, that read ‘we need you’, were also put out on the main gate of the Delhi Police Headquarters which was a clear indication that the lower-ranking police personnel and officials are unhappy with their own chief Amulya Patnaik.

‘MORALE OF FORCE DOWN’

“The morale of force is down, we also have families. Every day we are being assaulted but the seniors never take any actions,” a protesting cop said. The protesters chanted, “Hamare CP kaisa ho, Kiran Bedi Jaisa ho” and some of the protesters were also holding cards that read: “How is the Josh? Low Sir!”

After protesting for over 10 hours, the Delhi top cop conveyed to the protesters that all their demands would be met and the crowd finally dispersed around 8 pm.

Special Commissioner DC Srivastava while speaking to India Today TV said, “We have convinced our men to call off the protest and we are going to take the best action possible for our force. All the demands have been met.”

According to the Delhi Police, the matter was discussed in a high-level meeting between the Delhi CP, senior officials of Delhi Police and senior officers of the government. It was decided in the meeting that a “review petition in the order dated November 3 of Delhi High Court regarding Tis Hazari Court incident on November 2 will be filed before the High Court of Delhi.”

The officials have also decided that all possible medical assistance will be provided to the injured police personnel.

“A minimum of Rs 25,000 will be paid as ex-gratia payment to the injured police personnel. An FIR has already been lodged regarding the incident dated November 4 at Saket courts and appropriate legal action is being taken,” the Delhi Police said.

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The families of Delhi Police personnel also protested against the assaults and took out a candle march. “If my father is being attacked while on duty, how can I sit quietly at home,” one of the protesters said.

Lt Governor Anil Baijal also reviewed the situation in light of the recent incidents between advocates and the policemen. In a statement, he said, “Best possible treatment to be ensured for injured advocates and police personnel. Suitable ex-gratia compensation to be given to the injured officers of Delhi Police as well.”

The Bar Council also issued a statement that no lawyer will indulge in any violence and strict action will be taken who indulge in any anti-law activity.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia termed the clashes between the police personnel and the lawyers as an unfortunate episode.

“On one side, there is police personnel who provide security to the common man and on the other side are the lawyers that ensure justice to them. The conflict between them should have been avoided or handled well,” Manish Sisodia said.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala targeted Home Minister Amit Shah over the protest. In a tweet, Randeep Surjewala said, “In 72 years, it is for the first time that the Delhi Police is protesting against their own police chief outside their own headquarters. Where is Home Minister Amit Shah.”

Source – India Today