Lawyers and Delhi police personnel clashed with each other on the streets.
The word “law and order has broken down” is often used in India, usually by a national politician describing a situation in any states. A breakdown of law and order is one of the prompt that permits the Centre to dismiss a state government and takes forward step. So how can we solve the events of the last few days in India’s capital, when the two wings of law and order – lawyers and the police – have clashed against each other and protect on the streets?
The clash began with a parking dispute on Saturday at Tis Hazari court complex in Delhi, which results in 20 police personnel and eight lawyers injured and nearly two dozen cars were ablaze. A released video had came from the incident, showing lawyers physically attacking police personnel, soon went viral. It showed many lawyers beating up two policemen with rods in the lock-up area of the court.
“Lawyers and Delhi police clash“
However, When the matter came up in the Delhi High Court, the judiciary seemed to heavily favor the lawyers against police. The court order the transfer of police officials who had ordered to take action against the advocates. It said that no legal action would be taken against lawyers, even if they were mentioned in the First Information Reports (FIR), filed by the police following the violence in nearest police station.
Naturally, this incident is not the justice well with the police personnel. Eventually, many lawyers were protesting the incidents at Tis Hazar High Court. At the start of this week, another video is released in which a lawyer hitting a policeman with impunity. After, All of this there were studied silence from the Home Ministry and Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik, seems to have trigger police personnel to finally take to the streets for demanding justice.
On Tuesday Morning, Delhi residents were treated to the unusual sight were hundreds of police personnel standing outside the Delhi Police Headquarters, protesting about their own lack of safety in the country’s capital. So, How did they get justice however their own police officials and court didn’t hears their voices?
Clash between lawyers and police personnel are age-old and difficult to solve. On court premises, lawyers tend to act like they are not governed by constitutional rules and they do not have listen to the police officials, critics say. But, then this is also the allegation levelled at police personnel across this country, in every place other than the courts.
As some have pointed out, when advocates went on a similar rampage a few years ago, attacking some journalists in a court complex, the police stood aside and did nothing. Extra-judicial violence from the police is rarely viewed as unusual, except in court complexes where the shoe is on the other foot.
For, Resolving such issues, without letting the law and order machinery in Delhi suffer, will take a deft hand. However, it is not one that Union Home Minister (H.M) Amit Shah, who is in charge of the Delhi Police and responsible for law and order in the country’s capital.
If such a situation were takes place when Delhi was under Congress rule, or if it had happened under the watch of an Opposition Chief Ministers like West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee or Punjab’s Amarinder Singh, then the Bharatiya Janata Party or (BJP) would have insisted that it reflected a complete breakdown in law and order and perhaps even called for President’s Rule.
But Here, when the Centre ought to take charge and resolve problems without shaking the confidence of residents in their law and order machinery, it appears to be absent.