Chautala supporters clash with cops outside court


A large number of INLD supporters on Tuesday gathered outside the Rohini court complex, where Om Prakash Chautala and 54 others were sentenced for their roles in the 1999 teachers recruitment scam. Even before the court opened, protesters broke police barriers and attempted to climb over the gates.

The police resorted to mild lathicharge and shot off tear gas shells. The protesters responded with stones. Unconfirmed reports said that at least three police constables and one lawyer were injured in the clash.

By 10 am, when the court started, all gates were closed by the Delhi Police, who did not allow entry even to the lawyers or litigants without identity cards.

The chaos outside the court prompted the Bar Association, Rohini, to request the District Judge to take the situation into consideration. "The District Judge said that none of the courts will pass an adverse order today if the litigant or the advocate are unable to be present on time for the hearing because the police are not allowing people to enter the court easily," said Bar Association president B S Rana.

The crowd again turned violent after the sentence was pronounced around noon. Reports said protesters threw a crude petrol bomb at the court. They also threw stones at the police and towards the court and again tried to climb the gates. The police fired teargas shells and also resorted to a lathicharge to disperse the crowd.

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