A clash broke out between lawyers and police personnel at Rohini court after the security staff allegedly abused and assaulted a lawyer who was in civil clothes and stopped him from entering the court premises Wednesday morning.
The Rohini Court Bar Association called a strike after lawyer Gaurav Suneja (28) was “mercilessly beaten up” and extended it to Thursday.
Suneja said he had asked the police personnel on duty to “hurry up” as they had stopped entry of people and a small crowd had gathered. He said constable Ram Sewak, however, refused to accept that he was a lawyer despite being shown the ID card. “They said you’re lying.
You’re in civil dress you are not a lawyer. When I showed them my ID, they grabbed me by the neck and said, ‘Abhi teri vakalat nikalte hain,’” said Suneja.
A number of lawyers nearby reacted to the altercation and started pushing the police personnel. Meanwhile, Suneja was allegedly “dragged” to the police chowki (post) on the court premises and beaten with lathis. He received injuries on his back, neck and legs. A large number of lawyers gathered outside the chowki and clashed with the police. Police personnel alleged some lawyers threw rubble at them.
Rohini Court Bar Association president I S Saroha said he was pushed to the ground by a police officer when he reached the chowki to “contain the situation”. Saroha said he sustained an injury on his knee.
Satnarain Sharma, former secretary of Rohini Court Bar Association alleged that the police post in-charge “refused to take action” when the altercation began and, despite complaints by lawyers, he said he would not take action without checking CCTV footage.
Lawyers also alleged the situation worsened after a DCP and officers from the Prashant Vihar police station reached the court and a “lathi charge” was ordered on the protesting lawyers. Saroha alleged the PSO of a senior officer “cocked his gun” and “threatened to shoot” the lawyers as they refused to disperse.
Police denied the allegation that the lawyers had been threatened with a gun. “The PSO was recording a video on his phone but the crowd of lawyers snatched his phone and roughed him up,” said Vikramjit Singh, DCP (Outer).
He said police had not registered an FIR and were looking into the “legalities” of the case. “Three police personnel were injured. They were discharged after first aid. The two constables, Ram Sewak and Jitender, have been put under suspension because they did not tackle the situation in a professional manner. We are verifying the allegations against the police post in-charge,” said Singh.
The court’s bar association demanded an FIR be registered against the police personnel involved and disciplinary proceedings be initiated against them.