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Madras HC warns police not to harass family members of Marina protesters

The Madras High Court on Wednesday warned the Tamil Nadu police not to harass family members of Marina protesters for enquiries.

Justice R Mahadevan said in the court that all the police stations must be told about this court order.

The petition was filed by a differently abled man, Selvam who stated that his son, Srinivasan was charged by Arumbakkam police for a case of violence.

Justice Mahadevan directed the government pleader that people who have been charged for the violence can be enquired but not their family members, reported The Times of India.

Selvam had asked the court to direct the police not to harass him for making enquiries and also restrain the police from summoning family members of other protesters.

He said that police came in search of his son and when he told them that he had gone to college and was part of an NCC camp, they did not believe him.

They also contacted the college principal to check if his son had actually participated in the NCC camp.

Several thousands of students had come together recently for a protest against jallikattu ban.

After the protests were called off, on January 23, police had asked the protesters to leave the area.

Later, police carried out lathi charge and arrested many youngsters for protesting and indulging in violence.

Source: The News Minute