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Thiruvananthapuram: A group of lawyers assaulted Thampanoor Sub-Inspector G. Santhosh in front of a magistrate court here on Wednesday evening.
Judicial First Class Magistrate-III Philip Thomas had summoned Mr. Santhosh to his chamber in the afternoon to seek information on three cases registered in 1971 and 1974. The police said the lawyers assaulted Mr. Santhosh for arresting two of their colleagues, Vinod and Sivakumar, who were allegedly found drunk in front of a bar hotel on Muttakada Road late on April 8. The lawyers, who were let off on bail the next day, had accused Mr. Santhosh of assaulting them at the police station.
The Sub-Inspector told the magistrate that a group of lawyers was waiting to assault him in front of his court. The magistrate gave him permission to seek police help following which a team led by Assistant Commissioner, Shanghumugham, C.G. Suresh Kumar and Thampanoor Circle Inspector Anil Kumar reached the court precincts.
A group of lawyers beat and verbally abused Mr. Santhosh as the police were escorting him to the safety of one of their vans. Inspector-General of Police, Thiruvananthapuram Range, Vinson. M. Paul and City Police Commissioner A. Gopinath met District Judge Ramakrishnan and briefed him about the situation.
The police registered a case of assault and voluntarily causing hurt to a government servant to prevent him from doing his duty in connection with the incident. Mr. Santhosh suffered bruises in the attack.
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