Tripura lawyers halt work due to assault on colleague

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Agartala | March 2, 2018

Lawyers in Tripura struck work on Thursday to protest against the manhandling and arrest of their colleague during a raid at a firecracker warehouse on Wednesday night.

At a joint meeting, the Tripura Bar Association, the High Court Bar Association and the Tripura Bar Council adopted a unanimous resolution to carry on with the strike till the authorities confirmed punitive action against the perpetrators.

Advocate Tapan Saha, a former public prosecutor of West Tripura judicial district, alleged that senior district officials in the presence of the police humiliated and manhandled him during a raid at a warehouse adjacent to his house.

The officials, however, denied the charge and countered it with a complaint against the lawyer at the West Agartala police station for 'disrupting' an assigned duty for maintenance of law and order.

Based on the complaint, the police detained him and produced him in court. He, however, managed to obtain bail.

"The officials pushed me off the stairs, manhandled me and used filthy language when I tried to approach them to stop using a gas cutter to open the iron shutter to avoid a possible disaster as firecrackers were stockpiled inside the warehouse," Mr. Saha told newsmen.

He sustained injuries to his right hand and right leg. He also registered a complaint at the police station naming a few officials.

"One individual captured the entire incident on camera…. this was horrific," Bar Council chairman Pijush Biswas said.

He claimed that the Chief Secretary has assured them intervention in the matter.

Source: The Hindu