The Delhi Police heightened its security arrangements on Saturday in the courts across the national Capital, a day after jailed gangster Jitender Mann alias Gogi and two assailants were killed inside the courtroom in a dramatic shootout. Police said that only vehicles with allotted stickers will be allowed to enter the court premises and lawyers and litigants will be thoroughly checked.
“Adequate personnel have been deployed inside and outside the court to ensure no untoward incident takes place in the future. Concerns have also been raised about functioning of metal detectors in the court premises and the matter has been taken up with the court administration,” said as senior police official.
Video footage of the incident, which exposed security lapses in the system, showed policemen and lawyers rushing out in panic as gunshots rang out inside courtroom number 207.
Although metal detectors were at the gates of the court, it was not known whether they were working or not, and how the armed men could get past, raising questions about security arrangements.
According a police official, when it comes to checking and frisking, it has been observed that lawyers do not want to be frisked and that was a major problem faced.
“It is not limited to Rohini court alone as this has been observed in other lower courts as well. But we are in touch with the Bar Association of Rohini court and they are also cooperating,” he said.
On Saturday, following the incident, Bar Council of Delhi Chairman Rakesh Sherawat, along with other officials, had also met Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana on Friday to discuss the security situation.
“An elaborate review of the existing security arrangements is being done and accordingly, a new set of security measures will be put in place very soon.
Emphasis will be laid on improving CCTV surveillance, frisking and deployment of armed police personnel on each floor of the court building is also being considered,” said police.