Delhi Police registered two separate FIRs late Monday in connection with the attack on journalists and JNU students and teachers. Several complaints relating to the assault were received by police from journalists and activists at three different police stations in the capital. However, police registered the FIRs on the basis of PCR calls.
“The FIRs have been registered against unnamed persons under sections 160 (punishment for committing affray) and 323 (causing hurt) of the IPC,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Jatin Narwal said, adding, police has registered both cases taking suo motu cognisance of the entire episode.
The first FIR registered at Tilak Marg police station, states police received a PCR call at 2.51 pm regarding a fight in Patiala House Court premises. It said people had been injured and were in need of an ambulance and police personnel.
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The FIR stated that several police personnel were deployed at the Patiala House Court for the bail hearing of JNUSU president Kanhaiya. The FIR said the personnel were briefed by senior officers to carry out the duty with patience as the place would be crowded. “There was a fight at gate number 4 and there were fights at two places in the court premises simultaneously. There was a fight between lawyers and those supporting JNU students, and between lawyers and media persons and some people who were taking photographs,” said the FIR.
The FIR added, “… Some people tried to stop those who were clicking photographs, snatched and threw away their mobile phones. A fight ensued and public peace was breached. A case under IPC sections 160 and 323 of the IPC was registered.”
Delhi Police has registered another FIR on the basis of a PCR call received at 3.45 pm about BJP MLA O P Sharma having been injured and being taken to RML Hospital. The FIR stated, “At gate no 2 of Patiala House Court, where several media persons were present, some CPI and BJP workers were fighting with each other.” The FIR stated that when the police arrived, both parties had separated and BJP MLA O P Sharma had already left for the hospital.
The FIR said, “BJP leader Arun Jaitley was at the Patiala House Court for a case at 3.30 pm and he was leaving the court from Gate No. 2 at 3.30pm. Two-three CPI supporters started sloganeering and a fight ensued involving BJP and CPI workers. There was again a breach of peace in public.