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UP blasts: Lawyers abstain from work

Judicial work came to a standstill in Uttar Pradesh courts on Monday with lawyers striking work against the serial blasts in three civil courts on Friday.

india Updated: Nov 26, 2007 18:25 IST

Judicial work came to a standstill in Uttar Pradesh courts on Monday with lawyers striking work against the serial blasts in three civil courts on Friday.

Judicial work remained paralysed all over the state on the call of the Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh. State Bar Council president Amrendra Nath Singh said that the day is being observed as anti-terrorism day.

In the state capital here, lawyers moved about in groups in the court compounds and raised slogans against terrorism.

The government has tightened security arrangements in the courts throughout the state after the Friday blasts.

Singh said that lawyers in Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka are observing the day as shok diwas.

Bar Council of India Chairman, Gopa Kumaran Nair condemned the blasts and called for unity, he said.

Singh said that a five member committee including two retired judges has been set up to suggest ways and means for improving security in the courts.

He also demanded that the compensation to the victims of terror strike be increased and a comprehensive policy be chalked out to deal with such occurrences.

Meanwhile, in Etah, security was tightened in the court premises and additional police personnel were deployed. Metal detectors were installed within the court and the lawyer's chambers, sources said.

Lawyers abstained from work in Kanpur where security was intensified in and around the courts. A large number of police personnel were also deployed in the city.