New Delhi, November 8: Smoke and roaring fires. An advancing tide of black coats. And a retreating police team, a barrier of hands raised to no avail.
The scene was filmed last week at the Tis Hazari Court in Delhi, where an extraordinary clash that grew out of a parking dispute between an on-duty policeman and a lawyer stunned the capital and left many people — both advocates and security personnel — injured.
In the video, a woman police officer — DCP North Monika Bhardwaj — appeals for calm before being mobbed by lawyers.
Take a look.
A classified report by the Special Branch of the Delhi Police reveals that a mob of over 200 attacked Bhardwaj during the Tis Hazari clash, IANS reports.
Rekha Sharma, chairperson of the National Commission for Women, has taken suo moto cognizance of the video showing Bhardwaj and other police personnel being chased out of the Tis Hazari court premises.
She has written to the Bar Council of India and Delhi’s Commissioner of Police.
Swati Maliwal, chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women, condemned the attack in a tweet and appealed for peace.
The incident outside the Tis Hazari Court complex happened on Saturday. Another clash, and an attack on a policeman, were reported on Monday. Lawyers protested in the days following the initial clash, and police personnel staged a massive demonstration in front of the Delhi Police headquarters on Tuesday.
Later, the Bar Council of India asked bar bodies to identify lawyers “indulging in hooliganism”, and also asked for action against police personnel involved in Saturday’s clash.
Inputs from agencies