New footage of the clash between police and lawyers at Delhi’s Tis Hazari court on Saturday shows a senior woman police officer, who was allegedly assaulted during the incident, bravely leading four cops in trying to control a large crowd of unruly lawyers before being overrun and pushed out of view of the CCTV camera. The footage has surfaced a day after NDTV accessed shocking visuals of lawyers trying to set fire to vehicles outside a room in the Tis Hazari complex in to which a group of policemen had locked themselves to protect themselves from the rampaging mob.
In the video, the woman police officer can be seen trying to plead with folded hands before the lawyers as fires burn all around. The video shows the woman officer move to the head of the small group of cops that is, within seconds, swamped and surrounded by a mob of lawyers.
As the camera pans slightly, even more lawyers can be seen rushing to the scene.
In an audio clip that emerged in the aftermath of Saturday’s violent clashes, two policemen can be heard discussing the alleged assault on their colleague.
The clip is part of evidence being examined in a fact-finding inquiry ordered after an unprecedented protest by hundreds of policemen on Tuesday. During the protests, junior cops accused their seniors of failing to protect them.
“I was beaten badly while trying to protect madam,” one cop says, alleging he was attacked with an iron rod, chain and keys. He also said a 9mm sidearm belonging to a senior officer had gone missing.
“She was pushed. They misbehaved with her. Her shoulder and collar were dragged. All of those involved were men. She was very badly abused verbally. Madam cried outside the court,” he replied.
The woman officer reportedly told her bosses she was groped and beaten.
In a horrific development, the woman police officer was initially told that making a formal complaint “will not get her any results and she will end up making a fool of herself”, a senior officer told NDTV.
Later, however, police said charges involving the assault would be added to a first information report (FIR).
Rekha Sharma, the Chairperson of the National Commission for Women (NCW) wrote to Manan Kumar Mishra, the Chairman of the Bar Council of India (BCI), today urging strong action against those responsible for the “brutal attack” on the woman police officer.
On Thursday she tweeted saying the NCW “strongly condemned” the incident and that she would write to both the Bar Council and Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik.