| Lawyers stage a demonstration in Jorhat on Tuesday. Picture by UB Photos |
Jorhat, Sept. 10: Lawyers of Jorhat Bar Association staged a mass protest today over the alleged forcible entry by police into the associationís office in the wee hours to arrest an advocate.
The lawyers protested the police action by abstaining from courts, wearing black badges and staging a sit-in today. They said a team, led by Jorhat police station officer-in-charge P.K. Bora, entered the office campus around 1am by jumping over the locked gates and broke open the office door.
The police had gone to arrest advocate Hemen Bora, who they believed was inside the associationís office.
A case (no. 1237/13) was registered in Jorhat police station last night against Bora, a former secretary of the association, after an officer of Naharlagun police station in Arunachal Pradesh lodged an FIR last evening.
Bora has been booked under Sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 393 (attempt to commit robbery) of IPC, which are both non-bailable.
Sub-inspector N. Geyi in his complaint stated that he and three other policemen were physically assaulted by Bora at the court of the chief judicial magistrate here yesterday without any provocation.
The Arunachal police team had come to seek a production warrant to take a prisoner, Debashish Bhattacharyya, lodged in the Central Jail here, to a court in the neighbouring state in connection with a fraud case in the animal husbandry department.
A meeting of the bar association held today alleged the police did not follow the proper procedure of law while entering the campus and also damaged office property.
Lawyers said the bar association president R.P. Dhar had turned down the police request to enter the office yesterday as the office had closed for the day and asked them to come around 10 this morning when the office opened and all members were present.
The meeting decided to submit memoranda to the Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court A.K. Goel, Assam director-general of police J.N. Choudhury and the chief minister Tarun Gogoi seeking necessary legal action against the policemen involved in the incident and file a criminal case against them.
Denying any wrongdoing, Jorhat superintendent of police Sanjukta Parasor said the police team had only entered the campus in search of Bora, who is an accused in a case.
ďThe police team did not break into the bar office but had entered the campus after getting information that Bora was inside,Ē she said.
Parasor said the police had not violated any procedure of law as the police can enter any place without permission if there was reason to believe the accused had entered or was within any place.
On the other hand, Bora had filed a case in the court of the additional chief judicial magistrate, Jorhat, against Geyi and his colleagues, alleging the Arunachal policeman had manhandled him. The magistrate, S. Dhar, has asked the Jorhat police to investigate the charge.