Functioning of the Patna High Court and all district courts in Bihar came to a standstill on Wednesday as over 80,000 lawyers went on a day's strike to protest the killing of an Additional Public Prosecutor of Jehanabad district on December 24.
The Bihar State Council Bar has called the strike.
Council Chairman Rajendra Singh said the strike was also to protest denial of compensation of Rs 1,000,000 and a government job to a family member of Deendayal Yadav despite his two letters to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
"The government has failed to protect the lives of its pleaders.... Murderous attacks on lawyers have increased but the government has failed to check such incidents," he told PTI.
Yadav, an Additional Public Prosecutor, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen at Kalanaur village in Bihar's Jehanabad district while he was returning to his Mirabigha village from court.
Earlier, an APP of Begusarai district court, Ram Naresh Sharma, was shot dead at his residence in October and lawyers in Bihar had gone on protest strike on November 15 last year.
Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) MP Surajbhan Singh was named an accused in the case. Sharma was handling several cases against the MP.
The government had given an ex-gratia payment of Rs 1,000,000 to the family members of Sharma.