The Allahabad High Court and district court lawyers will continue to refrain from legal work in protest against the killing of lawyer Nabi Ahmed within the district court premises on March 11. The lawyers are demanding action against the District Magistrate and the Senior Superintendent of Police.
In a meeting of the district bar association held outside the office of the District Judge on Monday — supported by associations from various other districts and the Allahabad High Court Bar Association (AHCBA), besides other High Court associations — the lawyers decided that no legal work would be carried out until the DM and SSP were removed.
District Bar Association president Sheetla Prasad Mishra said: “We are getting support from various district bar associations and also some from the other high court bar associations, including that of the Himachal Pradesh. The AHCBA is also supporting our cause. Our demand is that the DM and SSP should be removed and departmental inquiry be initiated against them.”
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The lawyers have also launched a move to collect funds to be given to the family of the deceased lawyer.
Lawyers in other surrounding districts also refrained from legal work in solidarity, in the wake of the one-day strike call given by the Bar Council of India against the incident.
AHCBA president Rakesh Pande said: “We have decided to continue our strike for Tuesday. We will be holding another meeting and review the further course of action. We are together in support of the demand for the removal of the DM and the SSP.” Pande informed that, under the bylaws, the AHCBA cannot give a strike call for more than a day. Therefore, they will be continuously reviewing the situation every day.
Meanwhile, the police had made adequate arrangements and force continued to remain deployed at sensitive places to deal with any untoward situation. Heavy vehicles and those carrying inflammable materials, with their destinations not being Allahabad, were not to be allowed entry within the city premises between 5.30 am and 10 pm, the police said.
Ahmed, 32, was allegedly shot dead by Sub-Inspector Shailendra Singh following an argument over a case within the district court complex on March 11 afternoon. Pitched violence between lawyers and police followed in which nearly a dozen vehicles were torched and damaged.