Gun-toting policemen would soon to be appointed to guard courtrooms in Delhi. The move comes in wake of the heightened national security alert and recent brawls inside court premises.
Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal issued orders that all naib courts should carry weapons from now on. The naib courts are Delhi Police personnel who maintain files and documents to keep track of daily court proceedings. All courtrooms in Rohini, Tis Hazari, Karkardooma and Patiala House would be covered under the new order.
Last month, a man who was engaged in a case of domestic violence attacked his wife with a dagger in Karkardooma courts. The man had threatened his wife with dire consequences if she did not take back her complaint. The woman died a day later.
“The need for up-gradation of security was felt after several litigants complained criminals often threatened them inside court premises,” said a senior police officer.
The police chief issued the orders during the law and order meeting last week.
“Armed policemen would act as a deterrent to rogue elements who come to the courts for hearing and often cause nuisance,” he said, citing the Saturday case when two men were shot dead in an UP court.