PROTESTORS BLOCKED: The police blocking the march staged by the lawyers to the ASP’s Office in Pathanamthitta on Monday.
PATHANAMTHITTA: The lawyers at Pathanamthitta Bar staged a protest march to the Office of the Additional Superintendent of Police followed by a road blockade in the town on Monday forenoon, demanding action against the ASP for his alleged misbehaviour with a judicial officer during a road check on Sunday night.
The march led by the senior lawyers and Bar Association leaders was blocked by the police on the Police Station Road at 12.25 p.m.
The protestors blocked all the roads leading to the Central Junction, later, literally paralysing the vehicular traffic for about an hour when the district authorities failed to reach the spot to sort out the issue.
The protesters dispersed following the intervention of District Collector A.J. Rajan, at 2.15 pm.
The Collector assured the lawyers that he would take up their demand with the police authorities at the earliest.
The related incident reportedly occurred during a road check by the police party led by Sidhardh Sashni, ASP, on Sunday. Judicial First Class Magistrate V. Satheeshkumar, who was driving his car, was reportedly stopped by the police party during a road check near the St. Peter’s Church in the town at 9 p.m.
It is alleged that the police official had abused Mr. Satheeshkumar for not stopping the vehicle at the checking point itself. Both the magistrate and ASP had a heated exchange of words at the vehicle checking point and the Collector, who was away in Thiruvalla to sort out a church dispute, had intervened in the matter over mobile phone around 9.30 pm.
The police official had reportedly kept the keys of the car with him till the Collector directed him over phone to return it to the magistrate. The lawyers alleged that the ASP had misbehaved with Mr. Satheeshkumar even after identifying him as a judicial officer. In a statement issued here on Monday afternoon, the Pathanamthitta Bar Association condemned the incident and demanded stern action against the police official