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Rohini court firing: Lawyers concerned over security

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The lawyers at the Rohini complex here today expressed concern over the firing incident inside the premises in which an undertrial was killed and urged the administration to enforce a pass system for entry of litigants to ensure safety.

The Rohini Bar Association (RCBA) said if the pass system is not implemented at the earliest, they would go on an indefinite strike from November 15 and will not participate in any judicial work.

"Executive Committee of RCBA condemned the act of violence in Rohini Court complex today. An ultimatum of 24 hours has been given to the authorities to start the security/ pass system for entry in the court complex, failing which the bar will go on an indefinite strike from November 15," advocate Rajbir Malik, the vice president of the RCBA, said.

He said that in the aftermath of the incident, they have convened meetings with senior judges of the Rohini court and police officials and have raised the issue of security as such incidents had also happened in the past.

"Our main concern is safety. There are lapses in the security. Scanning machines are not working here and there was no security personnel at the gate from where the shooter entered.

"Police says they are short of staff. We are ready to cooperate in any manner. We are also ready to show our ID cards at the time of entry in the court premises," Malik said.

The incident took place in the morning as an undertrial was shot dead inside the Rohini court complex in north west Delhi near the canteen area, triggering chaos in court premises.

The victim, Vinod alias Balle, was being taken to the lock up after being produced before the concerned judge by the staff of Third Battalion in Rohini Court, said Rishi Pal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Rohini).

While he was being taken back, he was shot at by an assailant at 11.20 AM. The accused was arrested from the spot and the weapon of offence seized, he said.

It is suspected that the accused posed as a litigant.

Vinod was taken to Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital where he was declared brought dead, the officer said.

This is the second such incident near the court complex this year. In April, a 38-year-old undertrial was shot dead there.

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First Published: Mon, November 13 2017. 23:13 IST