IIRC, a volcano is waiting to erupt on the Bengaluru lawyers if they dont do a course-correction soon:
Ulsoor Gate police head constable Basavaraj and Roopa, a woman constable, were producing an accused person in the ACMM Court, when a group of about 20 advocates allegedly assaulted them, declaring that they had “taught the police a lesson and wouldn’t allow them to enter the court premises”.
Basavaraj told Deccan Herald: “A group of advocates surrounded us in the court corridors, when we were there to produce an accused in connection with a case. They abused us using foul language and repeatedly slapped me. When I fell down, they kicked me hard in the stomach and also tore my uniform.’
Basavaraj sustained injuries on the chin, nose, head and was shifted to the Mallya Hospital for treatment.
The advocates are also alleged to have manhandled the woman constable, Roopa. She later told the police that the men even tried to disrobe her.
An added provocation, it is learnt, was that the duo was from the Ulsoorgate police station, whose jurisdiction covers the City Civil Courts complex.
It may be recalled that Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central), Ramesh and Jitendranath, the then ACP Ulsoorgate sub-division were transferred based on the R K Dutta committee report. All the cases that were filed against the advocates in connection with the March 2 episode are being pursued by the Ulsoorgate police.
Khader Khan, who was being taken to the Court by the two assaulted police personnel, told Deccan Herald: “When I was being taken to the court, a group of 30-40 lawyers ran towards us screaming and took Basavaraj, who was holding me, aside and assaulted him. I was then with constable Roopa. The advocates behaved shabbily with the woman constable. In the melee, some men even suggested that I escape from police custody.
A case has been registered at the Ulsoorgate police station under sections 353, 354, 506, 149, 142, 143, read with 149 IPC. Ravikante Gowda, DCP Central, said the advocate who led Tuesday evening’s assault was identified. Teams are on the lookout for him and others, and they would be arrested soon.
Police leadership confides that there is grave discontentment in the constabulary and the cops are enraged at the action against seniors on the basis of the R K Dutta report. They feel lawyers have gained the upper hand psychologically.
Padma, wife of Basavaraj, said the behaviour of the advocates was unacceptable and families of constables would launch a strong protest in the coming days. “We want all those lawyers involved in the incident to be arrested,” she said. Other family members demanded speedy action against the erring advocates.
“A section of advocates has created such a situation where no one can walk freely in the courts. Attacking a woman constable and trying to drag her indicates the level the advocates have stooped to,” said Abhishek, son of Basavaraj.
Many policemen, especially constables and sub-inspectors, vented their anger against ACPs and DCPs. They said the officers should experience the difficulties faced by the constabulary while on duty.
“It’s very easy to pass orders sitting in air-conditioned offices. Let DG&IGP Shankar Bidari, Police Commissioner B G Jyothi Prakash Mirji and CID DGP R K Dutta work at the ground level and experience injustice,” a few policemen said.