Shoot-at-sight orders issued in Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu police chief K.P. Jain issued shoot-at-sight orders on Saturday, as the face-off between the lawyers and the police intensified after Thursday’s violence in Madras high court premises.
While lawyers stuck to their demand for action against Jain and Chennai Police Commissioner D. Radhakrishnan for the alleged police violence on Thursday, Chief Minister
M. Karunanidhi urged the advocates and the police to work in a “spirit of unison”.
On Thursday, the chief minister ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the violence inside the high court complex that led to a cane-charge on lawyers.
In a statement issued from his hospital bed, Karunanidhi assured that “action will be taken against whoever was responsible for the violence” on the basis of the CBI report.
But the police registered fresh cases against about 100 lawyers allegedly responsible for setting ablaze the vehicle of a senior fire officer on Friday.
First information reports have been registered against 200 others for allegedly burning down the police station inside the high court complex.
Also, 14 lawyers have been booked for assaulting Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy on February 17 for coming to the high court despite the lawyers’ month-long boycott of the courts over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue.
Meanwhile, the DMK youth wing, led by the CM’s son M.K. Stalin, organised a human-chain protest on Saturday to express solidarity with the Sri Lankan Tamils to demand a ceasefire in the island nation.