Ever since the clash between the lawyers and police at Tis Hazari court complex on November 2, there has been a decline in the numbers of arrests made by the Delhi Police. On an average over the last five days, 131 people were arrested every day. In the month preceding the clash, the figure stood at over 250 a day.
Police said this is because lawyers have been on strike, making it difficult for personnel to access courts.
On Tuesday, the day of the protest outside the Delhi Police headquarters, the arrested list showed only 102 arrests across all districts in the capital. A police spokesperson, however, said, “Personnel didn’t leave their duty for the protest. Those at the protest were on their ‘off-duty’ hours or on leave. They later resumed their duties on time.”
On Wednesday, the number of arrests stood at 164, and on Thursday it dipped to 155.
A senior police officer in the North West district said, “There’s a possible decline in the number of arrests over the last week because officers can’t access courts.” Two days after the clash, a police constable was beaten up by a lawyer outside Saket court. “We want to avoid clashes with lawyers. So arrests which can be delayed by a day or two are being postponed,” said the officer.
In Dwarka, too, officers said they are facing issues accessing the court. The district has seen 5-8 arrests per day since the clash. A senior police officer in Rohini, however, claimed there has been an increase in the number of cases being worked out.
“Personnel now have time to intensify patrolling due to which there’s been a decline in snatching cases in our area. They also have time for other paperwork. We have turned the problem into an opportunity to solve cases which don’t require court work — the ones involving executive magistrates and bail accused,” the officer said.