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Lawyers protest assault on colleague in J&K

Lawyers have decided to end work in the courts for some time after the attack on their colleague.

india Updated: Sep 20, 2006 13:54 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Kashmir High Court Bar Association (KHCBA) on Wednesday suspended work in the High Court and district court following an alleged assault on a lawyer by some persons in the high security Gupkar road zone on Tuesday evening.

"We have decided to suspend work in the courts for the time being as one of our leading advocates Manzoor Ahmad Dar was attacked last evening," KHCBA president Mian Abdul Qayoom told in Srinagar.

A general body meeting of the association has been called to finalise the future course of action, Qayoom said.

According to Dar, two security personnel requested for a lift near Gupkar road on Tuesday evening while he was on his way home to Nishat. While getting down from the vehicle, the persons struck the advocate on his head by some object looking like a cane, he said.

Dar is one of advocates pleading the public interest litigation (PIL) in the sex racket case on behalf of KHCBA.

Senior Superintendent of Police SA Mujtaba said a case has been registered in this connection and investigations were in progress, but the identity of the assailants has not been ascertained so far.

The incident has taken place in a very high security zone where residences of Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and many former chief ministers are located.

First Published: Sep 20, 2006 13:38 IST