Scores of lawyers in Gautam Buddh Nagar's Monday stalled their work to protest the alleged thrashing of an advocate by police, leading to the suspension of a constable and transfer of five others of the police outpost where the incident took place.
A purported video of the incident was doing the rounds on social media since Sunday in which a police constable was seen slapping the advocate amid an altercation between them.
The incident had occurred inside a room at the Garhi Chaukhandi police outpost. The person making the video was pushed outside the room soon after it appeared to another policemen that he was filming the episode.
Hundreds of lawyers assembled on the premises of the district and sessions court in Surajpur in the morning to demand "justice" for their colleague as they struck work and later marched to the offices of the district magistrate and the district police chief.
"We demand the suspension of all policemen posted at the police chowki and registration of a complaint against the erring officials who assaulted the lawyer," one of the protesting lawyers said, even as others called for a thorough probe in the matter.
"The police have taken up the probe to ascertain what the entire case was and what led to the purported assault on the advocate by the constable," according to an official of the Phase 3 police station, under whose jurisdiction the outpost falls.
"The constable accused of assault has been suspended while five other officials deployed at the Garhi Chaukhandi police outpost have been transferred to police lines," a senior police official confirmed Monday night.
Meanwhile, the 32-year-old advocate who was purportedly seen being slapped in the video said he had reached the police outpost over a matter related to property dispute.
"A new building is coming up on a disputed property in Sector 121 of the city. Some of it is being built on my land which I have inherited from my grandfather. On Sunday I had tasked few local boys to distribute 'warning pamphlets' to potential home-buyers that this building is disputed," he claimed.
"Soon, I got to know that the boys were taken to the police outpost so I reached there to question what were they doing there or who took them there. The policemen there got into a heated argument with me even though I asked them to sit down and discuss the issue like educated men but I was manhandled, he told PTI.
The lawyer claimed that he had written to the district magistrate and the district police chief more than two months ago about the property case but there has been no action so far.
The builder could not be contacted immediately for response.
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