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Lawyers block road

By Our Staff Reporter

COIMBATORE, MARCH 11 . A section of agitated lawyers attempted a road blockade in front of the District Sessions Court complex protesting the police action against drunken driving and road rule violations.

The lawyers took objection to the alleged "high-handed behaviour" of some of the personnel involved in the drive.

The agitated lawyers raised slogans demanding the removal of the City Police riot combat vehicle, Vajra from the Court premises, which was parked there sensing unrest among the legal fraternity.

The lawyers objected to the presence of the vehicle saying that it would show the legal fraternity in bad light as if they were unruly elements.

Protestors pacified

Even as they marched towards the road for staging a blockade, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), P. Nagarajan, arrived on the scene.

He pacified the lawyers and assured that steps would be taken to protect the respect and dignity of lawyers.

The lawyers urged the police not to resort to the practice of taking away the keys of vehicles in no-parking zones or deflating the tyres.

The frayed tempers and a surcharged atmosphere eased immediately.

The police should strictly confine their action within the legal framework, President of the Coimbatore Bar Association, Sivashanmugam said.

He demanded the immediate release of a motorcycle belonging to a lawyer, which was intercepted by a sub-inspector last night during a drive against drunken driving.

The bone of contention was not the enforcement but the detention of the vehicle and the daylong refusal to release the same, he said.

The police assured that suitable instructions would be issued to the personnel down the rank and file to avoid friction during the drive, without compromising on the enforcement, which was aimed at ensuring the safety of road-users.

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