Scenes straight out of a Tamil potboiler played out at the district and local court complex in Vellore, some 150 km from Chennai, on Monday when a gang of eight persons chased an undertrial around courtrooms and punched and stabbed him before escaping.
The undertrial, 24-year-old Jagan, who is accused of murdering the public relations officer of Vellore’s Christian Medical College, was in the complex for a hearing in the case.
On spotting Jagan, the men, with knives and sickles drawn out, chased and stabbed him several times. A bleeding Jagan even ran into the sub-magistrate’s court, but that did not deter the attackers.
It was only after he ran into the advocates’ association room that some lawyers saved him. Jagan was rushed to a local hospital, where he is said to be out of danger.
People on the court premises remained mute spectators to the apparent vendetta that played out for around 20 minutes.
Policemen, who are usually present on court premises, also stood watching. “They did not even try to prevent the attack. They just watched, as if a film shooting was in progress,” said SP Karthik, a member of the Young Advocates’ Association, Vellore.