Lawyers of the district court in Allahabad on Thursday beat up a group of people who were taking out a protest demonstration against slapping of sedition on student leaders in JNU even as an ultra-Left outfit alleged that the attack was carried out by "RSS hoodlums wearing black coats".
The incident took place in the afternoon when a group of lawyers thrashed the demonstrators, comprising trade union leaders and student leaders affiliated to the Left Parties, who were protesting the police action against Kanhaiya Kumar, said the inspector in-charge of Kernalganj police station Samir Singh.
The lawyers allegedly attacked the procession when it was passing by the district court premises, which is situated adjacent to the collectorate where the demonstrators had intended to gather, Singh said.
A number of the agitators received minor injuries and they have registered a complaint, Singh said, adding that "the demonstrators too may face action as per law for taking out a procession without having obtained a prior permission from the district administration".
Meanwhile, the CPI ML (New Democracy) issued a statement blaming the attack on "a group of RSS hoodlums wearing black coats".
"Unable to solve the basic problems of the people and shaky about the future of the NDA government, the RSS is attacking all those who are ready to speak up as it wants to strike terror in the hearts of the common people.
"It is shocking that the incident took place barely 100 metres away from the office of Senior Superintendent of Police," the party's secretary Ashish Mittal said.