#GoonsInBlack, #LawyersVsDelhiPolice, #LawyersNotABoveLaw, #WhereIsAmitShah
These were the hashtags trending on Twitter after a video of a lawyer manhandling a policeman on duty in Saket court went Viral on Tuesday.
The reactions that kept pouring in, on the social networking website, to the viral video was a mixed bag with the support of the twitterati oscillating from one end to another like a pendulum. While some pointed out with glee how the cops have had a taste of their own medicine alluding to what the men in uniform do to the common man in police stations, others empathised with the policemen on humanitarian grounds.
A user named Alok Singh tweeted, “Today police have tasted its own course, no sympathy for them, they do the same for others. Well done Lawyers, no other people can do that what you did. Appreciation for your courage”.
Another user asked why to call the lawyers goons in the black when the police is a goon in Khaki.
Many shared photos of the policemen using water canon, ostensibly to disperse “an unruly” crowd, especially one shared with a tagline "you did this to poor farmers, who protested peacefully. Today you had to protest peacefully".
Questioning the silence of Home minister Amit Shah over the issue, a twitter user wished someone filed a missing complaint for Shah in Tis Hazari police station. He said it has been more than 24 hours, but the Home Minister has yet to come up with a comment.
Supporters of the police, on the other hand, were seen tweeting “police is no scapegoat”.
Vaibhav, a law student in Delhi-NCR took to twitter saying, "As a law student, I want the licence of these lawyers to be cancelled. Being a lawyer was always a noble job, and a bunch of lawbreaking lawyers shouldn't be allowed to defame it or define it contrarily. Serve justice".
The latest development in the on-going clash between the two comes from the office of Delhi's Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal who has advised Commissioner of Police, Delhi that senior officers should visit the injured policemen to boost their morale and comfort their families.
He suggested giving suitable ex-gratia to the injured officers of the Delhi Police. He also directed the Chief Secretary to ensure that best possible medical treatment is provided to the injured advocates and policemen.
Notably, this isn't the first time that a clash between the police and lawyers has taken place in Delhi. If one were to put the clock back 31 years ago when Kiran Bedi was director general of police, a similar situation was witnessed when a group of lawyers had beaten up an officer on duty. Bedi, at that time, had completely came in support of his officers and immediate action was taken against the accused.
In the protest by the police at their headquarters at ITO, Delhi on Tuesday the banners of Kiran Bedi with "We want you back" were seen everywhere.
Meanwhile, the police have ended 11 hours long protest over assault by lawyer. L-G and police chief assured action.