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India: Assault case: Lawyers up in arms against city police

August 20, 2019

Assault case: Lawyers up in arms against city police

The strike by lawyers on Tuesday entered its third day. The lawyers have been protesting against the Bathinda police for registering a case against former District Bar Association president Navdeep Singh Jeeda.

On Tuesday, they protested on the road outside the SSP office. District Bar Association (DBA) president Kanwaljit Singh Kutti said, “We have given a call for a state-level protest for Wednesday and advocates will suspend work in the district.”

He said they want cancellation of a case registered against Navdeep Jeeda and action against police constable Ranjit Singh.

While addressing the protesters, lawyers alleged that without holding any probe into this incident, the police announced the verdict by registering a case against advocate Navdeep Jeeda. They said no action had been taken on the complaint of Jeeda against Ranjit Singh, who fractured his nose.

Members of Punjabi Maa Boli Satkar Sabha have announced their support to the lawyers in this incident.

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/bathinda/assault-case-lawyers-up-in-arms-against-city-police/820417.html

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/bathinda/lawyers-aap-come-in-support-of-jeeda/820006.html

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/aap-leader-fights-with-traffic-cop-over-no-entry-booked/articleshow/70720044.cms

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/bathinda-aap-chief-booked-for-assaulting-traffic-cop/story-0evwPyzXaWaY9I2pXuj2TK.html

India: Four operatives of extortion gang nabbed in Nabarangpur for threatening advocate

August 17, 2019

Four operatives of extortion gang

Nabarangpur: Police claim to arrested four operatives of an extortion gang, who are involved in threatening a lawyer with a gun, in Nabarangpur.

Addressing a presser, Nabarangpur SP Nitin Kumar Kar said that four members of the anti-social gang have been arrested while four others are on the run. A pistol, Rs 1 lakh cash, two mobile phone and three bikes also seized from their possession.

The arrested were identified as Umashankar Jogi alias Shibu of Tentulikhunti, Madan Bhatra of Bhatigaon, Krushna Bisoi, and Kruti Harijan of Sindhiguda village, the police said and added that accused Shibu was earlier arrested in the kidnapping case of a business man-Sunil Sahu and released on bail a month ago.

The police further disclosed the identities of other members of the extortion gang and they are- Dasratha Panda, Hemant Panda, Satya Padhi and Golekh Naik. “Efforts are underway to trace them,” the police added.

According to police, on August 4, operatives of the criminal gang threatened an advocate with guns at a mango farm near Sajiguda village in a bid to extort Rs 3 lakh from him. They threatened to eliminate him if he fails to give the extortion amount and also shot two bullets in the air to terrorise the advocate. After getting assurance from the lawyer, the desperadoes sped away on motorcycles.

The following day, the advocate handed over Rs 1.09 lakhs to accused Shibu and pleaded for more time to arrange the rest amount. However, the accused kept on threatening him to eliminate his entire family along with him, if his demand is not fulfilled.

With no other options left, the victim lodged a complaint with the police. On the basis of the plaint, a case (171/19) was registered and a special team launched a probe. Following this, four operatives of the extortion gang were arrested.

Four operatives of extortion gang nabbed in Nabarangpur for threatening advocate

India/Jammu & Kashmir: Over 600 politicians & lawyers detained in Jammu & Kashmir up until now

August 17, 2019

Police personnel block the road near the residences of former CMs Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti in Srinagar

Over 600 politicians and lawyers have been detained by authorities in Jammu and Kashmir since the intervening nights of 4 and 5 August, ThePrint has learnt.

A top government functionary told ThePrint that the detained individuals include those arrested by the state police; or put under preventive custody at detention centres; or house arrested; or sent to prisons outside Kashmir.

The figure does not account for other locals, mostly youth, who have been taken into custody from various parts of Kashmir on the apprehension that they may mobilise people in small towns and villages.

“Giving the total headcount will be difficult at the moment because there is no centralised mechanism overlooking the arrests. The arrests are being undertaken by local police. But roughly the numbers are more than 600,” said the government functionary who didn’t wish to be identified.

Over 600 politicians & lawyers detained in Jammu & Kashmir up until now

Over 600 Kashmiri politicians, lawyers, activists arrested by India: report

https://news.yahoo.com/eight-protesters-injured-restrictions-reimposed-kashmir-officials-091741812.html

https://www.livelaw.in/top-stories/judicial-history-of-article-370-sc-rulings-on-jk-special-status-147257

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India/USA: New York City Bar Association condemns attack on Lawyers Collective, and Rights Defenders in India

August 17, 2019

New York City Bar Association’s International Human Rights Committee has condemned the attack on Lawyers Collective and human right defenders in India

New York City Bar Association condemns attack on Lawyers Collective, and Rights Defenders in India      

The New York City Bar Association’s International Human Rights Committee and its Task Force has condemned the attack on Lawyers Collective and human right defenders in India

Issuing a statement on the Independence of Lawyers and Judges, the association voiced concern over “Indian government’s ongoing campaign of harassment and intimidation used to target lawyers and other human rights defenders, which has intensified over the last several years.”

 

Recent actions against Lawyers Collective and Anand Grover, Indira Jaising, demonstrate this trend. “Mr. Grover and Ms. Jaising are well-respected, senior advocates with extensive experience as public service lawyers and human rights defenders in India and abroad,” the statement says.

Together they established a prominent human rights and public interest organization, Lawyers Collective, which is based in New Delhi and maintains its registered office in Mumbai. Since at least 2016, the Indian government has used the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (“FCRA”) to pursue Lawyers Collective, jeopardizing its required NGO-licensing and justifying punitive action so as to stymie Lawyers Collective’s work. “Domestic and international human rights groups have…highlighted the filing of criminal charges against Lawyers Collective and Mr. Grover as evidence that the FCRA is prone to misuse by the government to harass outspoken rights groups,” according to the statement.

 

https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/india/new-york-city-bar-association-condemns-attack-on-lawyers-collective-and-rights-defenders-in-india

https://www.nycbar.org/media-listing/media/detail/targeting-of-lawyers-and-rights-defenders-in-india-press-release

New York City Bar Association dismayed over attack on Lawyers Collective

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/bombay-high-court-gives-interim-relief-to-lawyers-indira-jaising-anand-grover-1573576-2019-07-25

https://www.facebook.com/lawyerscollective.org/

https://www.nycbar.org/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawyers_Collective

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indira_Jaising

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anand_Grover

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Lewis

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India/Jammu & Kashmir: Inside locked down Kashmir, a reporter finds fear and chaos

August 14, 2019

My car moved within a column of Indian army vehicles and a cloud of dust. On a normal day, it would have been a smooth journey from the airport in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir state, to my family home in the northern town of Baramulla.

But life is very different in the Kashmir Valley these days. The part that India controls is now under an unprecedented security crackdown to prevent an uprising after the central government in New Delhi unexpectedly stripped the region’s special constitutional status, the last vestige of real autonomy for the predominantly Muslim region that is claimed by both India and Pakistan.

Hundreds of Indian soldiers, armed with automatic rifles, patrol the Srinagar-Baramulla highway, a 35-mile (56-kilometer) -long road that connects the region’s main city with its northern towns. Civilian traffic is sporadic. Shops are shuttered. Army trucks gather speed along the road. And spools of concertina wire block the streets that branch off the highway, forcing residents to remain indoors.

The Indian-controlled part of Kashmir is under lockdown.

Authorities in Baramulla carried out a spree of arrests, including political activists, former protesters and some stone-throwers. But they also arrested intellectuals and lawyers, according to several families I spoke to who described midnight raids. Because of the communication embargo, my calls from Delhi seeking comment from authorities didn’t go through.

https://apnews.com/7615ee6045c642819b79a39a4c3597cc

https://www.news18.com/news/india/jk-high-court-bar-association-president-mian-qayoom-and-others-shifted-to-jail-outside-kashmir-2264689.html

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/president-of-hc-bar-association-in-kashmir-mian-qayoom-and-others-shifted-to-jail-outside-valley/1593610

https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/jk-govt-shifts-20-more-troublemakers-from-kashmir-to-agra-mian-qayoom-among-25-flown-out-on-thursday-119080901234_1.html

India: LAWYER HACKED TO DEATH

August 11, 2019

 

A 28-year-old lawyer was hacked to death over a land dispute near Murappanad on Sunday.

Police said Velmurugan was murdered over a land dispute with S. Selvam, 28. The latter had invited Velmurugan to his house at Chennelpatti to discuss the problem.

On his invitation, Velmurugan went to his house around 9.30 a.m. and did not come out after the discussion.

Meanwhile, Murappanad police received information that Velmurugan had been murdered. They soon started searching Chennalpatti area. When the police reached Selvam’s house, it was locked. They broke into the house and found that Velmurugan had been hacked to death.

During preliminary inquiry, the police found that Selvam had murdered Velmurugan with the help of two of his friends and he fled the house. The police are searching for the accused.

Lawyer hacked to death

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/lawyer-hacked-to-death/article28984233.ece

India: Woman Lawyer, 35, Shot Dead At Home: UP Police

August 6, 2019

Woman Lawyer, 35, Shot Dead At Home: UP Police

A state government counsel was shot dead at her residence in yet another fatal attack on women lawyers in Uttar Pradesh.

Etah Superintendent of Police of Sanjay Kumar said government counsel Nutan Yadav was shot dead in her residence on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday.

“Yadav, 35, was living in the government quarters in Etah opposite the Police Lines. She was unmarried and was living alone,” said Sanjay Kumar.

“A couple of people used to come from her village and stay at her residence. She was found shot dead,” Mr Kumar told PTI.

The victim was a native of Agra.

“Prima facie those visiting her house are under suspicion. Her family members also suspect the role of these persons,” the officer added.

Etah Senior Superintendent of Police Swapnil Mamgain, meanwhile, told reporters that the crime was apparently committed by a close acquaintance of the family.

“The culprit will be booked and action will be initiated,” he said.

Around two months back, Uttar Pradesh Bar Council president Darvesh Yadav was allegedly shot dead in Agra court premises.

 

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/etah-woman-lawyer-35-shot-dead-at-home-up-police-2081165

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/agra/up-woman-lawyer-was-brutally-murdered-in-etah-district/articleshow/70553705.cms

https://www.news18.com/news/india/after-up-bar-council-chiefs-murder-govt-counsel-shot-dead-outside-her-home-2260309.html

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/kolkata/another-woman-lawyer-shot-dead-in-up/article28840429.ece

https://www.livelaw.in/top-stories/woman-lawyer-shot-dead-in-up-third-incident-in-last-two-months-147021

https://www.amarujala.com/photo-gallery/uttar-pradesh/agra/apo-nutan-yadav-shot-dead-in-home-update-news-in-hindi (HINDI)

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