Lawyers across the state on Monday took part in the nationwide strike called by the Bar Council of India against the killing of an advocate by a subinspector in Allahabad last week.
Work remained suspended in courts during the strike. Heavy police force, including paramilitary personnel, remained deployed on and near court premises throughout the day.
On March 12, advocate Nabi Ahmed was shot dead, allegedly by sub-inspector Shailendra Singh, inside the district court premises in Allahabad sparking violent protests by lawyers.
In Allahabad, high court bar association expressed annoyance over the state government not removing district magistrate Bhavnath Singh and SSP Deepak Kumar despite their strong demand for the same. As a result, they decided on Monday to continue abstaining from judicial work, thereby extending the period of strike. On Monday they had remained on strike in support of the call given by the Bar Council of India.
A general house meeting to discuss the future course of action has again been summoned on Tuesday at 11.30am in the Library hall of the high court.
While the high court lawyers have demanded removal of the DM and SSP, the district court lawyers have demanded their suspension.
In Varanasi, the strike paralysed judicial work during the day. Taking into consideration the sensitivity of the matter, a heavy force of PAC and RAF personnel was deployed on the court compound since morning. Though the day witnessed no violence, the lawyers seemed agitated over the inspector (Cantonment) for registering FIR against over 150 people for resorting to stone-pelting and damaging vehicles on the court premises on March 11.
During the meeting, the lawyers decided that the strike would continue on Tuesday in protest against the lodging of the FIR.
A report from Muzaffarnagar said agitating lawyers across western UP abstained from work on Monday against the killing of an advocate in Allahabad.
Judicial work came to standstill in Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Saharanpur, Baghpat and Bijnore courts, said president of the bar association, Rajendra Prasad.
In Aligarh, advocates remained on ‘pen down strike’, boycotting work in all civil courts, tehsils and collectorate and staging demonstrations. They demanded Rs. 50 lakh compensation for the family of the deceased and Rs. 20 lakh for another advocate who was injured in the incident, along with the trial of the accused cop in a fast track court.
Lawyers in Agra observed Virodh Diwas on Monday. They also condemned IPS Amitabh Thakur’s statement that financial assistance would be provided to the sub-inspector who allegedly killed the lawyer. Office-bearers of the Action Committee for the Establishment of High Court Bench at Agra led by Arun Sonaki demanded that the chief minister takes action against the official.