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Lawyers attack scribes outside Bangalore court

Advocates attacked media persons here in the city civil court on Friday morning during the hearing of an illegal mining case against former minister and mining baron Gali Janardhana Reddy.
Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, Bangalore
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2012 12:56 AM IST

Advocates attacked media persons here in the city civil court on Friday morning during the hearing of an illegal mining case against former minister and mining baron Gali Janardhana Reddy.

The attack left 32 cops - including a deputy commissioner of police - 10 journalists, seven advocates injured.

To curb violence - which started around 11am and continued till late in the evening - the police lobbed teargas shells and baton-charged the protestors. Besides, prohibitory orders were imposed in and around the court complex for two days.

Even as city police chief Jyoti Prakash Mirji failed to bring the situation under control, chief minister DV Sadananda Gowda pleaded ignorance about the incident, saying he would ask law minister Suresh Kumar to look into the matter.

But when home minister R Ashok informed Gowda about the incident, he said, "I have asked the home minister to take action and initiate steps to protect journalists."

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