The lawyers of all six district courts in the national capital are on Friday observing a day-long strike to protest against the attack on three judges in New Delhi by two motorcyclists in south Delhi.
The incident took place on Thursday evening in Dakshinpuri area when Additional District Judge Inderjit Singh, Additional Sessions Judge MK Nagpal and Metropolitan Magistrate Ajay Garg of Saket district courts were going in a car towards Ambedkar Nagar.
Kuldeep Sehrawat, chairman of the district courts bar association coordination committee, said that the incidents of road rage are at a rise in Delhi and even the judicial officers are not safe here.
"We are condemning the attack. When judges are not safe in the country's capital, what will be the condition of others. The law and order situation here is very bad. Police must take strict action against the offenders," he said.
According to the police, when the judges reached Dakshinpuri, a motorcycle hit their vehicle, following which the bikers accosted them (judges) and assaulted magistrate Garg and the driver of the car.
Magistrate Garg has suffered head injuries while ADJ Singh and ASJ Nagpal escaped unhurt.
Garg and the driver, who were injured in the incident, were rushed to AIIMS Trauma Centre.
The attackers fled the scene leaving the motorcycle at the spot.
Rajiv Khosla, former president of Delhi Bar Association, said that the lawyers have decided to abstain from work today to lodge protest against the road rage incident.
"Such incidents are increasing day by day. Police is looking very ineffective. Government should make a strict law against the road rage cases and it should not be taken lightly," he said.
The lawyers' strike has paralyzed the working at all the six district courts at Patiala House, Saket, Karkardooma, Tis Hazari, Dwarka and Rohini.
Police has arrested two persons, Anil and Rohit, who are in their early 20s, in connection with the attack on the judges.
Lawyers of Saket Bar Association said one of the attackers, who was more aggressive, is also involved in four other criminal cases which are pending in the courts here.
Madan Lal, President of Saket Bar Association said, "We strongly condemn the incident. We have decided to go on a one day strike in protest. There is always danger from disgruntled litigants and we are seeking security and protection for judicial and legal fraternity from the government."
This was the second incident of attacks on judges here in the past five days.
On May 14, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Sharma of Saket court was attacked allegedly by an SUV driver after the former had stopped his car on one side of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor, allegedly obstructing the vehicle's way.