Tis Hazari woman DCP incident: Such offences should be probed

In two separate CCTV footages, DCP North Monika Bhardwaj was harassed and chased by some people dressed as lawyers.

New Delhi: Former Director General of Police Kanwaljit Deol condemned the incident where woman DCP, Monika Bhardwaj was harassed by some lawyers and urged that the offence be investigated.

In two separate CCTV footages, DCP North Monika Bhardwaj was seen being harassed and chased by some people dressed as lawyers. In another clip, she was seen pleading before the lawyers to stop the violence after a clash broke out between police & lawyers at the Tis Hazari court on Nov 2. “I have only seen the second video where she was seen handling the situation and she was doing a good job. She was seen requesting the lawyers and in such situation, I don’t think that what the lawyers did is forgivable. That is something against the law,”

“In this situation, all the offences that have been committed, all of them need to be probed, they need to be charge-sheeted & the courts need to take actions on it,” she added. Deol further said that policemen’s staging a protest is never a good thing and nobody wants them to be a ‘trade unionist’.

HC’s advice

Use your good officers for settlement, the Delhi HC told lawyers who moved a petition seeking disciplinary action against Delhi police personnel for carrying out agitation outside the PHQ against the Tis Hazari incident. The petition was filed by advocate Rakesh Kumar Lakra after scores of policemen laid siege to PHQ to protest against attacks on police officers at Delhi courts following recent clashes with lawyers. CJ D N Patel refused to give an early hearing to the matter and slated it for Feb 12 next year.

NCW chairperson takes suo motu cognizance

National Commission for Women (NCW) chairperson Rekha Sharma took suo motu cognizance of Tis Hazari court violence incident where woman DCP Monika Bhardwaj was ‘manhandled’ by some lawyers.

In two separate CCTV footages, DCP North Monika Bhardwaj was harassed and chased by some people dressed as lawyers. In another clip, she was seen pleading before the lawyers to stop the violence after a clash broke out between police and lawyers at the Tis Hazari court on November 2. Sharma said, “We have taken a suo motu cognizance in this matter. We are writing a letter to the Commissioner of Police Delhi and the Bar Council stating that a separate FIR should be registered against the people who have been identified in the video. We have also demanded a separate enquiry in the matter.”

“Yesterday I saw the video and it is very unfortunate that a woman officer, who went there to control the situation and save others, was molested and manhandled by the lawyers. This is not at all acceptable,” she added.

Lawyers’ agenda

A large number of lawyers tried to break the lock-up and thrash the staff present inside when a clash broke out between the police and lawyers on November 2 at Tis Hazari, said Harendra Singh, Addl DCP. Harendra Singh, additional DCP told that during the Tis Hazari clash the lock-ups were locked from inside to prevent the entry of the lawyers. “A large number of lawyers were present at the Tis Hazari court when the clash occurred and their purpose was to break the lock-up and thrash the staff inside.

Will give my version during the judicial inquiry: DCP

Deputy Commissioner of Police Monika Bhardwaj, who was seen being chased and harassed by lawyers in a CCTV clip at Tis Hazari court on November 2 clash between police personnel and lawyers said that she will present her version in the judicial inquiry.

Speaking to media person on the incident, Bhardwaj said, “It (the clash between police and lawyers) was a crowd control situation and I went there as the district DCP. A judicial inquiry has already been ordered and I will give my version during the inquiry.”

Recently, in another CCTV clip of the Tis Hazari clash, DCP North Monika Bhardwaj was seen pleading before the lawyers to stop the violence after a clash broke out between the police and lawyers.

In the video, Bhardwaj along with other police personnel can be seen folding her hands before the agitated lawyers when suddenly a group of lawyers come running towards the personnel and push them back.