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Chennai Protest

India Lawyers ClashThere was a mini-riot at Madras High Court on Thursday. A grand heritage building was turned into a war zone as lawyers turned their anger on the police in the Madras High Court, after the arrests of 2 lawyers on Tuesday. The police responded with brute force, lathicharging protestors, firing tear gas shells. Hundreds caught in the middle as Chennai’s law keepers fought a pitched battle. A judge  were among those injured. Police say lawyers stormed the High Court Police Station and set it on fire. And that’s when reinforcements, even black cat commandos, were called in. But lawyers have quite another story: S Prabhakaran, president, Bar association, says: “Policemen charged in and brutally assaulted us.” Tamil Nadu’s top cop, DGP K P Jain, chose to play it safe: “These are controversial questions. More than one version to it, so I am not commenting, but cases were registered against lawyers for what had happened over these days. policemen were eyewitnesses to these incidents. They had identified a few lawyers responsible for lawlessness. They lodged a complaint after which one lawyer was arrested. So that’s what provoked the incident.” At the end of it all, close to 75 people were injured and cars burnt. But the greatest damage is perhaps to the reputation of those who uphold the law.

February 20, 2009 Posted by | news | , , | 1 Comment


The carpet was set, the barricades grounded, and the security tight. But nothing deterred girls to hoot with the highest tempo to shake hands, express their love and catch a glimpse of their bodyguard-clouded-star Abhishek Bachchan at the red-carpet premiere of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s ‘Delhi-6’ releasing Friday. Women from all age groups – married, college going and school going girls – filled the atmosphere with an electrifying energy to meet Abhsihek at PVR Priya here Thursday night.
‘Abhishek I love you’, ‘Abhishek marry me’, ‘Abhishek, you are the best’ were a few of the slogans the fair-sex aficionados couldn’t stop shouting when the whole star cast of ‘Delhi-6’ arrived at the event. ‘I have been here since the last three hours and I am not leaving the place until I shake hands with Abhishek,’ said Richa Yadav, a Class 12 student from DPS, Mathura Road, who finally managed to capture pictures of her star from the least distance across the barricade. Shouted a gang of eight girls from Delhi University: ‘Abhishek, you have to pick one from us. We won’t let you go.’ The actor himself was in a fix at the response. ‘It’s mind blowing. It’s amazing. I love Delhi and the turn out of the people here is fantastic. I hope it remains the same in theatres as well,’ said Abhishek, clad in a jet-black three-piece suit.
Written and directed by Mehra, the UTV produced film also stars Sonam Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Prem Chopra, Waheeda Rehman and Atul Kulkarni – who were also present at the do. Also present at the event were a bevy of Bollywood stars including, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor and movie’s producer Ronnie Screwala.

February 20, 2009 Posted by | cinema | , , , , , | Leave a comment