Meaning of lathicharge in English:

lathicharge

Pronunciation /ˈlɑːtɪˌtʃɑːdʒ/

noun

South Asian
  • A coordinated assault with iron-bound bamboo sticks, used by the police as a method of crowd control.

    ‘the protesters were arguing with authorities when a lathicharge was ordered’
    • ‘the police resorted to lathicharge to disperse the crowd’

verb

[no object]South Asian
  • (of the police) engage in a coordinated assault with iron-bound bamboo sticks as a method of crowd control.

    ‘they lathicharged and lobbed tear gas shells to break up the protests’
    • ‘the workers alleged that police lathicharged them when labourers refused to back down from their demands’

Origin

1930s from lathi + charge.