India: 5 Nuh lawyers say targeted by cops due to profession or faith

At least five lawyers in Haryana’s Nuh district have alleged that they were harassed by police officials on the pretext of the police probe into the recent communal violence in the state.

Only two of these five lawyers were linked to legal cases pertaining to the Haryana violence, but they alleged that they had been targeted either because of their faith or their profession.

One of the five lawyers was arrested in an attempt to murder case. He was granted bail two weeks later, after the court observed that there was no evidence to suggest his participation in violence.

Four other lawyers were detained by the police, but they claimed that they were not even informed about the cases they were held for when the police came to detain them. Two of the four who were detained alleged that they were assaulted.

A peace committee, formed with around 30 lawyers part of the Mewat District Bar Association, has approached the Nuh SP in four of these cases, requesting the police to “not harass the lawyers”. A formal complaint has been submitted to the Haryana DGP over one of these four cases.

It is not clear whether the committee will seek action in the fifth case involving a lawyer who is not part of either the committee or the district bar association.

The committee has termed the police action as a “method to instill fear” among the lawyers, who are from the minority community.