Shoot at sight orders issued in Tamil Nadu

February 21st, 2009 - 1:47 pm ICT by ANI  

Chennai, Feb 21 (ANI): Tamil Nadu on Friday night issued shoot at sight orders against those trying to damage public property and create disturbance to general public after clashes between lawyers and police at the Madras High Court in Chennai.
A release from the DGP’’s office said district Superintendent’’s of Police have been empowered to carry out the order.
Meanwhile, security has been beefed up across the state.
Over 150 lawyers were arrested on Friday for participating in a protest march outside the Tamil Nadu secretariat. They were agitating against the violence in the Madras High Court complex on Thursday.
Earlier, the lawyers” agitation issue dominated proceedings in the Tamil Nadu Assembly.
As soon as the session started, opposition members demanded that the Question Hour be postponed to discuss Thursday’’s violence in which more than 100 lawyers were injured.
The Madras High Court has ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the violence.
Over 100 lawyers were injured outside the Madras High Court after police baton charged them for attacking Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy.
The agitation has led the Supreme Court to issue separate notice to the Registrar General, Madras High Court, the Bar Council of India, the Bar council of Tamil Nadu, the Madras High Court Advocates Association and the Madras Bar Association to explain their decision to boycott High Court proceedings. (ANI)

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