RDBA protest against Benazir’s assassination: Five lawyers injured in police baton-charge in Rawalpindi
RAWALPINDI: Five lawyers who were protesting against the assassination of PPP chairwoman Benazir Bhutto were injured when police baton charged them on the district courts premises on Monday. Despite winter holidays at the courts, lawyers gathered at the courts premises on the protest call by the Rawalpindi District Bar Association (RDBA).
After the RDBA general body meeting, the lawyers tried to move towards Kutchery Chowk. Police closed gate No 1 to stop them from moving outside the courts premises and baton charged them. As a result, RDBA General Secretary Intizar Mehdi, Abdul Haleem Qureshi, Ahsan Satti, Rana Munir and Sardar Bilal Qayyum were injured. Reacting to the police action, the lawyers pelted police with stones and forced them to retreat. A police mobile van was also damaged.
Mehdi told Daily Times that the police action was pre-planned. He said police wanted to create a law and order situation. He said after the end of emergency rule in the country everyone had the right to hold protest rallies and police action was unjustified.
After law-enforcement agencies closed the main gate and deployed a heavy contingent of police on the courts premises, the lawyers used other gates and courts’ walkways to reach Kutchery Chowk. They chanted slogans against the government and blocked the traffic for half-an-hour. After the protest demonstration they returned to the courts premises peacefully.
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