An FIR has been registered against lawyers for allegedly manhandling a block development officer and causing injury to the Handia sub-divisional magistrate during a protest against a police officer.
According to police, “tehsil divas” proceedings were being conducted Tuesday at Handia in the presence of SDM (Handia) Arun Kumar Singh, BDO (Pratappur) Tej Bhan Singh, and other officials. At around noon, a group of 50 to 60 lawyers protesting alleged misbehaviour of Sarai Mamrej police Station House Officer N K Nagar reached the venue and disrupted the function by throwing chairs and tables, and uprooting mikes.
When BDO (Pratappur) objected to their behaviour, the lawyers allegedly used unparliamentary language and manhandled him.
SDM Singh said: “The group used abusive language and then threw chairs at him (BDO). When we tried to whisk him away, they came from behind and caught him. His clothes were also torn. I too sustained injuries. An FIR has been lodged at Handia police station. It was a completely unruly behaviour on part of the lawyers.”
The SDM said, apparently, there was some issue between a lawyer, Uttam Singh Yadav, and the SHO . “Yadav claimed that Nagar misbehaved with him when he had gone to the police station with some work. But, the manner in which they protested the alleged incident was completely uncalled for,” said Singh.
Handia police have registered a case pertaining to cause of physical injury, obstructing government servant in discharge of duty and other relevant sections against 10 lawyers, including president of the local bar association Ashok Kumar Mishra and general secretary Ghanshyam Pandey, besides 50 others unidentified. Meanwhile, the lawyers too staged a protest after the incident.
Circle Officer (Handia), Ravi Shanker Prasad, said: “According to our inquiry, there was absolutely no issue between the SHO and the lawyer, as was being alleged. The FIR has been registered and further investigations are on.”