The Delhi Police have denied inaction in the Patiala House Court violence and say they handled the episode “very tactfully and in a professional manner”.
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had asked the police to respond to allegations that they remained mute spectators when JNU students’ union president Kanahaiya Kumar and media persons were beaten up inside the court complex on February 15.
“The allegations of alleged inaction, dereliction of duty, and negligence by police are denied. The situation at Patiala House Court was handled very tactfully and in a professional manner by the officers present there. Cases have been registered, guilty – including the lawyers and OP Sharma MLA – have been arrested,” says the March 1 letter sent by Delhi Police to the commission.
The NHRC had asked the Delhi Police commissioner, secretary, ministry of home affairs and Delhi chief secretary to prepare and submit a report on the matter. The report filed by the Delhi Police was forwarded to the complainant Shehzad Poonawala, founder Policy Samvad.
The violence in the court complex had drawn severe criticism. The lawyers had beaten up Kumar and media persons for allegedly supporting ‘anti-national’ activities.
Kumar was earlier arrested by the police for allegedly shouting anti-India slogans inside the JNU campus at an event to mark the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
The Delhi Police report said that the police took all necessary actions. “An argument took place between the lawyers and the lady teachers. The police immediately intervened and separated the two groups and the lady teachers were safely escorted out of the court room and the court premises,” the police report says.
“The police prevented escalation of violence between lawyers and other groups by separating them and by closing the gate,” it said.