A tense calm prevailed in Allahabad on Thursday, a day after a 30-year-old lawyer was allegedly shot by a sub-inspector in the district court premises.
The body of the deceased lawyer was handed over to his family on Thursday, following which, his final rites were conducted amid heavy security.
On Wednesday, lawyer Naib Ahmed was allegedly shot dead by Sub-Inspector Shailendra Singh, following an argument over filing of a closure report in a case, in which the deceased was the complainant. An FIR of murder has been registered against the S-I, who was suspended on Wednesday night. He is currently absconding.
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The police have also registered an FIR against unidentified persons for resorting to arson, stone-pelting and damaging vehicles in the district court premises.
After the murder on Wednesday, both the courts had witnessed heavy stone pelting by advocates and torching of numerous vehicles. Constable Ajay Nagar was hit by a bullet in his neck. He is reportedly in a stable condition.
On Thursday, Allahabad High Court Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud inspected the district court premises. A delegation of the District Advocates’ Association, led by president Sheetala Prasad Mishra, also met him. “We want a CBI probe into the murder, increase in compensation announced by the government for the lawyer’s family and improved security in the district court,” said Mishra.
Allahabad District Magistrate Bhavnath Singh said: “The chief justice sought details regarding yesterday’s incident. As far as security is concerned, it is our responsibility. We will provide security as per requirements. The situation was peaceful throughout the day. A compensation cheque of Rs 10 lakh will be handed over to the family this evening.”
In a footage released late Wednesday night — purportedly recorded from the cellphone of a person present in the court — Ahmed was seen confronting Singh. The S-I initially backs away from the stairs leading to the multi-storey courtroom building and is surrounded by a couple of other lawyers.
As more lawyers gather, a purported gunshot is heard, after which, Singh is seen raising his revolver in all directions in an apparent attempt to evade the mob. The person recording the event is heard saying that the man is dead. He is later heard asking people to take him to hospital, as he has been hit on the chest.
The police have also released photographs of the lawyers attacking the SSP’s chamber following the incident.
Meanwhile, lawyers on Thursday protested outside the Allahabad High Court and at the district court premises. No untoward incident was reported.
The Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh (BCUP), which had given a one-day strike call on Wednesday, decided to extend the strike by another day. “The strike will continue on Friday. We have also requested the Bar Council of India to support the cause and announce a strike. We are still to get a confirmation,” said BCUP president Abdul Razzaq Khan.
He added: “Our demands are clear — the DM and SSP should be transferred and given non-sensitive postings, the S-I should be arrested and departmental inquiries initiated against all the three and the compensation be increased to Rs 50 lakh.”