New Delhi: Dozens of police personnel marched to the Delhi Police headquarters at ITO on Tuesday morning to protest their leadership’s handling or recent instances of policemen being assaulted during clashes with lawyers since Saturday. The protest by police personnel is a rare sight, driven by what they said was the need to remind their senior officers to stand united and deal with the assault against men in Khaki.
They didn’t raise slogans, create a ruckus or make any demands but wore black bands on their arms and hoped to get the message across. Some of them did carry placards with the words “How’s the josh?…..very low sir” and asked for justice and underscore their low morale.
No senior Delhi Police Officer has issued a statement on the protest by their juniors. But there have been voices from several serving and retired police officers on social media to voice their concern about the treatment of policemen during and after the clashes with lawyers.
On Saturday, the police and lawyers were involved in a violent clash at Tis Hazari court following a parking dispute. The violence had left at least 20 policemen injured even as lawyers said at least 40 of them too were hurt. On Sunday, the High Court took up the matter and ordered the transfer of two senior police officers, the suspension of two other officers and compensation to the inured lawyers.