Lawyers at the New Court Complex on Tuesday blocked the Ludhiana-Ferozepur Road for at least one hour to demand parking space for them.
The advocates demanded removal of malkhana, the area used to store property of cases, from the court complex to make space for a parking lot for them.
The advocates also observed a daylong strike over the issue on Tuesday, and announced strike on Wednesday and Thursday as well. The advocates would also hold a protest outside the deputy commissioner’s office on Wednesday morning to press for their demand.
Earlier in the day, the lawyers blocked the road inside the mini-secretariat and did not allow any visitor to bring their vehicles inside. As a result, people parked their vehicles on the road, leading to obstruction in easy flow of traffic.
Sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Ajay Sharma tried to pacify the protesters, but to no avail. The lawyers then blocked the Ludhiana-Ferozepur Road outside the mini-secretariat at 2.30 pm for at least one hour.
Harish Narang, a senior advocate, said they lifted the protest after sensing inconvenience to public, but would continue the stir on Wednesday and Thursday.
Rustam Pal Singh, Secretary District Bar Association, said the new building of court complex had been erected on parking space. The district administration had promised to give space to advocates for parking, but failed to keep its word, he added.
He further added that the Punjab and Haryana high court had passed an order in 2006 to shift the malkhana to some other location. They had held a protest in December too for removal of the malkhana to allow space for parking, following which the deputy commissioner had promised to solve the matter by December 31, but in vain, Singh added.
Others present in the protest were District Bar Association president Praupkar Ghumman, vice-president GS Sall, Gagandeep Singh and Vikas Kumar.
Magistrates too bear brunt of the protest
Thanks to the lawyers’ protest, even vehicles of magistrates could not make their way into the mini-secretariat complex. Hence, magistrates parked their vehicles in the parking lot for police officials. Several other officials also could not find space to park their vehicles due to the protest, leading to chaos.
The cops managing flow of the traffic outside the police headquarters struggled to pacify officials of district administration and police officials, who wanted to park their vehicle in the parking lot of police, which was already full with vehicles of magistrates and other officials.
Cops walk undertrials to court
The buses ferrying undertrials from jails to court complex for hearing of the cases were also not allowed to enter, leaving the police in a tizzy. Extra force was called in to take the undertrials from buses to court complex one by one.