A scuffle over car parking between police and lawyers at a court in New Delhi turned into nationwide protests on Monday.
Videos of lawyers beating police and civilians in different cities have started surfacing on social media. The incident, which triggered protests in different parts of the country, occurred at Tis Hazari Court in Delhi.
CCTV footage allegedly filmed in the court shows lawyers attacking police officers.
CCTV footage of lawyers attacking cops during clashes in Tis Hazari court in Delhi yesterday. pic.twitter.com/0TcOYbCC3g— Piyush Rai (@Benarasiyaa) November 3, 2019
Another video supposedly shows a lawyer trying to attack the person making the video.
Another video of the violent confrontation between mob of lawyers and cops in Delhi. pic.twitter.com/GtMPaWFmli— Piyush Rai (@Benarasiyaa) November 3, 2019
In one video, a policeman is being beaten by a lawyer in a court in Delhi’s Saket district.
In Uttar Pradesh, a group of lawyers can be seen attacking a cop on a bike.
The situation went from bad to worse when a group of lawyers started attacking commuters.
Watch: Common man is being beaten by Lawyers in Delhi today.— Anish Singh (@anishsingh21) November 4, 2019
After beating @DelhiPolice personnel and Journalists, Delhi lawyers are now beating commuters (Common man). @PMOIndia pic.twitter.com/vxFfZcrFRR
Another video of Lawyers brutality. A man thrashed brutally by the protesting lawyers outside Saket court. The situation is getting out of hand where neither general public nor police is being spared by agitating lawyers who are on strike after #TisHazariCourt incident. pic.twitter.com/e7XSSnetWN— Zafar Abbas (@zafarabbaszaidi) November 4, 2019
Twitter has been flooded with public outrage over the clashes and beatings.
There are ways in which people register their issues. See how few #goons in #black in #Delhi are targeting every #policeman they see. I hope for the #morale of force #seniors will take the stand. Nobody should be above the law. pic.twitter.com/mNaCF5lGno— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) November 4, 2019
This guys needs to be put behind bars. Cannot imagine Indian Lawyers are turning into goons and thugs. Shame that these are ones who are supposed to fight for truth. Dishonest lawyers. They should be shamed on national TV.— Krishnam | Optimistic about Inclusive India (@KrishnamHQ) November 4, 2019
We don’t know the time or sequence of this video.— SSM (@SwatySMalik) November 3, 2019
A lawyer was shot by a cop within the a court premises and the clash happened.
That’s why an independent enquiry should be conducted to find out what exactly happened.
Wow. These cops can’t even fight to protect themselves. How are they going to fight the criminals.— कवट्या महाकाळ 💀 (@kavtya) November 3, 2019
45% of the lawyers in India are fake, 2017 reports.— Raja (@raja65803379) November 4, 2019
Who knows how many of those 45% are in this gundagardi.https://t.co/gUR9GSLByc
These are goons , they should be booked , who gave them the right to physically assualt anyone , police should book them and courts should imprison them— Ankit Mishra (@Mishra_ankittt) November 4, 2019
Media reports state that police fired gunshots during the scuffle on Saturday, injuring a lawyer. Infuriated, lawyers allegedly responded by setting a police vehicle on fire.
According to India Today, the protesters allegedly misbehaved with a woman journalist who was covering the strike.
Six separate complaints have been made to the district judge of Tis Hazari court by four advocates, and a Delhi Police constable who was injured in the incident, India Today quoted Delhi Police spokesperson Anil Mittal as saying.