Lawyer arrested for attacking journalists, students, teachers

Lawyer arrested for attacking journalists, students, teachers

One of the three lawyers, who allegedly led the attack on journalists, students and teachers of JNU at Patiala House Court Complex on February 15 was arrested today.

The accused lawyer, identified as Om Sharma, presented himself for interrogation at Tilak Marg police station, where he was arrested under relevant sections of IPC and was later released on bail, Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Jatin Narwal said.

Besides Sharma, two other lawyers, identified as Vikram Singh Chauhan and Yashpal Singh, were issued notice by police thrice asking them to join interrogation between Wednesday and yesterday.

While Sharma was arrested today, the others are yet to join investigation.
If they fail to join, the police are likely to move court seeking warrant against them in the coming week, a senior official said.

On February 15, a group of men dressed in black robes, allegedly led by the trio, had attacked journalists, students and teachers of JNU at Patiala House court where JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar was produced.

Two FIRs were registered in connection with the incident and earlier this week BJP MLA O P Sharma, who was caught on camera assaulting a CPI activist on the same day, was arrested too.

On February 17, defying instructions of the Supreme Court, groups of men dressed like lawyers, led by Chauhan, unleashed another attack on journalists and Kanhaiya Kumar when he was produced at Patiala House court at the end of his police custody.

Following that incident, two fresh cases were registered by police.

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