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HC clash rocks Tamil Nadu assembly, Opposition evicted

February 20, 2009
The entire Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Assembly was on Friday evicted en masse, following uproar over the lawyer-police clash in the Madras High Court, even as the ruling Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam government sought a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the violence.

Several persons, including a judge of the Madras High court Justice Arumugaperumal Adityan, were injured in a clash between the police and lawyers on the court premises on Thursday.

Police said some advocates resented police arresting 13 lawyers in connection with the assault on Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy in a court hall on Monday. The trouble broke out when police were attempting to arrest the lawyers and other advocates protested, threw stones and clashed with police, who were posted in strength, in front of the court premises, sources said.

Text: PTI

Image: Policemen stand guard after their scuffle with lawyers at the high court police station during a protest against Sri Lanka's military offensive against the Tamil Tigers, in Chennai on February 19, 2009.

Photographs: Babu/Reuters

Also see: Police, lawyers clash in Madras HC, judge injured
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