Hyderabad: Pro-Telangana advocates on Tuesday
boycotted courts in Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh even as
mild tension prevailed at the Nampally Criminal Court here
after a group of protesting advocates allegedly "manhandled"
The Telangana advocates were protesting against the
"forceful" removal by the police of two lawyers M P Bhargav
and Dileep, who were sitting on an indefinite fast demanding
introduction of Telangana State Bill in the ensuing Parliament
session and also seeking to inquire into "illegal
appointments" in courts across the Telangana region.
The two lawyers who went inside the court hall of
Principal District Judge in Ranga Reddy District Court at L B
Nagar here yesterday and locked themselves over the demands,
were lifted from the court hall in the early hours today,
Deputy Commissioner of Police (L B Nagar Zone) D Nagendra
Kumar told PTI.
Angered over this, Telangana advocates boycotted courts
and held protests in different court premises in the city and
in districts across Telangana, Nampally Metropolitan Criminal
Courts Bar Association vice-president K Thrigunathma said.
Mild tension prevailed at the Nampally Criminal Court
premises after a group of 30 slogan-shouting advocates blocked
the main entrance of the court premises as part of their
protest and even prevented the public from entering the court,
However, when Nampally ACP B Muralidhar and other police
personnel intervened to clear the area after taking permission
from the MSJ court judge, the protesting advocates beat up two
constables Shaukat Ali and P Suresh, who were videographing
the scene, and also damaged their video cameras, Deputy
Commissioner of Police (Central Zone) Akun Sabharwal told PTI.
"When a cameraman of a regional TV channel was shooting
the incident, his video-camera was also snatched by the
protesting advocates, but we managed to videograph the whole
incident and also identified five advocates who manhandled our
cops," Sabharwal said, adding, they would soon register
separate criminal cases against the advocates who were
responsible for the incident.
Police personnel later took away the advocates from
entrance gate after which another group of advocates held a
dharna on the steps of the Nampally Court.
Meanwhile, the Telangana advocates gave a representation
to the Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court seeking
suspension of ACP Muralidhar accusing him of using
"unparliamentary" words on Telangana, Thrigunathma said.