Mumbai: Thousands of Delhi policemen, who took to the streets of Delhi on Tuesday and staged an unprecedented protest demanding justice, have ended the high-voltage agitation after not stopping outside the police headquarters for 11 hours.
No result came even after repeated appeals by Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik, only after Devesh Srivastava, Joint Commissioner of Police (Southern Range) announced that demands had been accepted that the protesters began to disperse. Finally, in the evening, the protests were called off – news agencies confirmed.
Addressing the protesters, Special Commissioner of Police (Crime) Satish Golchha urged policemen and women to end mass protests and resume duty, while assuring that in relation to a confrontation between police A review petition will be filed against the order of the Delhi High Court. And lawyers in the Tis Hazari Court premises.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal promised ‘the best possible treatment for the injured advocates and police personnel’. He said, “The injured officers of Delhi Police should be given compensation of the appropriate ex-gratia.”
The protesting Delhi Police personnel joined their families as well as police personnel from Haryana, Punjab and even Bihar to show solidarity.
The brass of Delhi Police promised that the protesters’ demands would be acted upon. Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Tuesday reviewed the situation in the wake of unprecedented protests by Delhi Police personnel following a clash with lawyers and said it is imperative to ensure that the case is judged impartially.
According to a statement issued by the LG office, Special Commissioner (Intelligence) Praveer Ranjan informed the Lieutenant Governor on the current situation and on the orders of the concerned High Court.
LG said that advocates and police are important pillars of the criminal justice system and they should work with complete harmony.
On 2 November, a debate broke out between a policeman of the 3rd Battalion of Delhi Police and a lawyer outside the prisoners’ lock-up. In this argument, violence and a group of advocates allegedly beat up police officers. 20 policemen were injured and police vehicles were burnt.
The protests soon gathered steam and drew heavy criticism for the ruling NDA government, while it also drew support from civil society. Later in the evening, the protesters came out with candles and headed towards India Gate.