A day after the clash between police and lawyers at Tis Hazari Court complex, six cases have been registered at Sabzi Mandi police station. Four of these were registered on Saturday. These include two cases filed by advocates, including a woman, one by a district judge and one by a constable. On Sunday, two advocates registered cases against the police team on charges of assault and attempt to murder. All six have been transferred to the Crime Branch SIT, which will further probe the matter.
“Two cases have been registered against police under IPC sections 354 (assault to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 307 (attempt to murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 379 (theft), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 342 (wrongful confinement),” said Additional PRO Anil Mittal.
Another case was filed against police after a district judge at Tis Hazari court alleged assault and rioting by the force. The fourth was registered on the complaint of a constable who was allegedly beaten up by lawyers.
After a preliminary enquiry, ASI Kant Prasad, who allegedly dragged a lawyer inside the lock-up and beat him up, has been suspended. A Delhi Police spokesperson said, “We have initiated a departmental enquiry against ASI Pawan Kumar, who allegedly fired at the lawyers.”
The enquiry team is headed by Special Commissioner of Police (Intelligence) Praveer Ranjan, and comprises Additional CP (Vigilance) Dheeraj Kumar and DCP (Special Branch) Suman Nalwa. “We will comply with the court’s orders once we get it and take prompt action,” said a senior police officer.
Meanwhile, two clips of CCTV footage show the extent of violence at the court lockup. In the first video, more than 20 lawyers open the gate at 3.12 pm. They vandalise the place and attack officers. While some personnel are seen rushing out, the lawyers catch one of them and beat him up. One of the lawyers uses a belt to thrash him.
Two minutes after this, the second clip shows officers entering the gates. They pick up the injured policeman and take him inside. After the lawyers protest, one of them is caught by the policemen and beaten up. The man is dragged inside the complex and beaten with lathis.