Assault on Advocate: Policemen stage protest in Chikkamagaluru
Chikkamagaluru: Policemen of Chikkamagaluru town and their family members staged a protest on Saturday against advocates, who had staged a protest on Thursday night against the police over an alleged assault on a lawyer.
The protesters assembled at Hanumanthappa Circle in the town and raised slogans demanding justice. They alleged that the police were being targeted for doing their duty.
Chikkamagaluru Superintendent of Police Vikram Amathe suspended six policemen including sub-inspector Mahesh Pujari of Chikkamagaluru town police station, on Friday for allegedly assaulting Preetham, an advocate.
Family members of the policemen, speaking to presspersons, said the action had upset the police community and that the policemen were being punished for doing their duty.
Inspector-General of Police, Western Range, Chandra Gupta and Amathe spoke to the protesters. The policemen urged the senior officers that at least six complaints should be filed against advocates for assaulting policemen.
The protesters told Amathe that Preetham had slapped Guru Prasad, a police official. Other advocates also misbehaved with police officials and snatched their cell phones, they charged.
Chandra Gupta told the protesters that the issues raised by them would be addressed. “We are policemen and we can’t act public. We have certain responsibilities which we have to execute,” he said.