Jaipur cops protest after HC removes top officers over clash with lawyers
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A day after lawyers and police clashed in a local court, the Rajasthan High Court Friday ordered the removal of Jaipur police commissioner B L Soni, additional deputy commissioner Raghuveer Saini and six other police officers from their posts to ensure that they do not influence the inquiry into the violence.
Several lawyers and policemen were injured in the trouble at the district and sessions court Thursday and an inquiry was ordered by a division bench in response to a PIL.
But the high court order sparked fresh trouble as thousands of policemen in the city refused to report to work late on Friday, protesting against the removal of senior officers from their posts. Some of the protesting policemen gathered at the Collectorate circle Friday evening.
The inquiry is to be carried out by a high court judge and is expected to be completed within 15 days, until when the eight officers have been asked to stay away from work. Besides Soni and Saini, DIG Giriraj Meena, DCPs Yogesh Yadav and Yogesh Goyal, ACP Bajrang Sharma and two SHOs were named in the court order.
Lawyers in the city had called a strike on Wednesday and were protesting outside the Vidhan Sabha to attract the attention of legislators attending the budget session. They have been demanding a housing scheme and a stipend of Rs 2,000 for new lawyers among several other welfare measures. They were stopped at the barricades about 500 m from the Assembly and were caned when they tried to break the barricades and march in.
The incident was repeated on Thursday but this time with more violence as the protesting lawyers pelted stones at the police from the sessions court in Bani Park, set ablaze some police vans and a police post near the Collectorate circle.
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