Bangalore: Timeline of how 'law' was jeopardized by lawyers

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Bangalore, Mar 3: A witness reporter of lawyers' unruly behaviour on Friday, in Karnataka civil court premises, narrated the unfortunate incidents to OneIndia.in through telephone, followed after men in black took to violence in Bangalore. Mr Mallikarjun, works for Sakshi newspapers, as a reporter. He suffered a leg injury in the incident.

The first violence broke out at the entrance of court, where a few lawyers abused and misbehaved with media persons, who were waiting to cover the case of Gali Janardhan Reddy that had been slated to be heard in the civil court on March 2.

Around 11:15, after Reddy's custody under CBI was extended by the judiciary, he was whisked off the premises through the other exist of the court, when media rushed to the spot to get the glimpse of former minister, Reddy, the lawyers began to charge at everybody without any discrimination, including women, and stoned reporters at premises.

At 11:30 am, many vehicles were set on fire after journalists were attacked. The bikes that were burnt down were mostly media persons'.

At 11:45 am, stone pelting act was still on, in which the Deputy Commissioner of Police, G Ramesh, suffered a head injure and fell unconscious. Meanwhile, many other stationed police officers were injured and were rushed to hospitals.

At 12:00 pm, police had no choice but to resort to baton-charge to control the situation that seemed out of control.

Around 12:15 pm, the unruly lawyers ran inside the civil court building in refuge to escape the police lathicharge. However, as soon as they got inside five storied building to keep the policemen at bay, advocates began to lob furnitures, flower pots, dust bins and caused many cops to bleed and sustain injures with the items they managed to procure at the balconies.

Around 12:30 pm, the situation was completely slipped into the chaos, when the police squad lobbed tear gas shells, though it failed to tame the boiling lawyers.

In the midst of the chaos, at around 1:30 pm, a group of judges came down together and asked police to leave the premises and allow the situation to settle down, in order to prevent further injuries and damages.

Around 2:00 pm, the vehicles that were parked at the police outpost, in civil court premises, were set ablaze by miscreants.

Later, reportedly few lawyers showed their ire on a police constable and chased the officer and thrashed him. Looking at the sight of a fellow cop being assaulted by advocates, a section of policemen too, took on a lawyer, beating him to bleed.

This later went on to become an uncontrollable battle between police and lawyers. Both law and order showed down, defying the rules and their superiors' orders.

Annoyed policemen, reportedly, targeted all the black coat bearing persons in and around the court premises and vehicles bearing lawyer's stickers.

Meanwhile, the judges and women occupied vehicles, were escorted till the exit point by the another police squad.

Finally, around 7:30 pm, normalcy returned both on the streets and traffic near civil court, Bangalore.

OneIndia News

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