Tis Hazari Violence: Protest called off after 11 hours of high drama | As it happened

Here are the top updates on the ongoing protests by Delhi Police personnel over the Saket court incident:

By Abhinav Gupta
Updated: Tue, 05 Nov 2019 08:15 PM IST
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Tis Hazari Violence: Protest called off after 11 hours of high drama | As it happened

New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The tension between police personnel and lawyers in Delhi continued to build up on Tuesday as thousands of Delhi Police cops escalated their protests outside police headquarters, in an unprecedented move, demanding action against lawyers involved in the attack outside the Saket Court Complex.  

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) filed an application seeking clarification on an order of the Delhi High Court that directed no coercive step against lawyers against whom an FIR was registered following clashes between cops and advocates at the Tis Hazari Court in Delhi on November 2.

Here are the top updates on the ongoing protests by Delhi Police personnel:

* The protest by Delhi Police personnel was called off after high drama thagt lasted for 11 hours. The protest ended after assurance of looking into their grievances by their senior police officials.

In a fresh appeal, Special Commissioner of Police (Crime) Satish Golcha urged protesting policemen to end stir and resume duty, while assuring them a review petition will be filed against the Delhi High Court order. He said the injured policemen will get an ex-gratia of at least Rs 25,000. He urged policemen to end stir and resume duties.

RS Krishnia, Special Commissioner of Police Delhi, announced compensation of Rs 25,000 each to injured policemen and requested all protesting cops to return to duty. Till now, six top-level officials have urged the protesting policemen to call off the protests and resume duties, but have not paid heed. 

* The Centre rushed to the Delhi High Court urging that its order for no coercive action against advocates, should not be applicable on the subsequent incidents. A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar issued notice and sought response of the Bar Council of India, the apex body of lawyers, and several other bar associations of national capital on the Centre's plea. Ordering the Bar Councils to ask their members to exercise restraint, the Delhi High Court asked them to file a response on Wednesday, when the matter would be heard.

* Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal called a meeting at his home to review the situation. He said that the best possible treatment should be given to the injured cops as well as lawyers free of cost. He also said that suitable ex-gratia be given to the injured officers of Delhi Police.

* After the protesting police personnel refused to accept Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik’s appeal tor resume duties, Joint Commissioner of Police Rajesh Khurana urged the cops to continue with the work. “We are the one who enforce the law and we have to continue with our work,” he asked the protesting policemen outside Delhi Police Headquarters, while further assuring them that "all their demands will be fulfilled". 

* The protesting officers submitted a list of 10 demands, which include the creation of a Police Protection Act. The families of the policemen, meanwhile, held a protest at the India Gate.

* After the tense series of events following the clash between lawyers and police at Delhi's Tis Hazari Court, the Bar Council of India has written to bar bodies asking them to identify lawyers "indulging in hooliganism" and requested advocates to end their protest, which is "bringing bad name to the institution".

* The Delhi High Court took suo motu cognisance of media reports of the incident on Sunday and said Justice (retd) SP Garg, a former judge of the court, would hold a an inquiry into the matter. It also asked the Delhi Police Commissioner to transfer Special Commissioner Sanjay Singh and Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Harinder Singh during the pendency of the inquiry and made it clear that no coercive action would be taken against any lawyer.

* A policeman and a civilian filed two FIRs on Tuesday, alleging they were assaulted by lawyers at the Saket Court Complex in South Delhi.

An on-duty policeman was thrashed by advocates outside the Saket Court Complex. In a video of the purported incident, lawyers were seen beating up the policeman riding a bike. One of the lawyers also slapped him. When the policeman was leaving the spot, the lawyer also hit his bike with his helmet. The civilian alleged he was beaten up by lawyers at the court complex.

Thousands of police personnel gathered outside the police headquarters in Delhi on Tuesday to protest the assault on policemen following a clash with lawyers outside a court in Saket on Saturday.

Several policemen holding placards that read "We are human in police uniforms" and "Protectors Need Protection" were outside the police headquarters at ITO and urged their seniors to stand with them to save the honour of the uniform. They also raised "Humara Commissioner kaisa ho, Kiran Bedi jaisa ho" slogans. 

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