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Lawyers strike cripples traffic in Delhi

Work in the district courts across the capital and the national capital region will be affected as the lawyers have announced an all India strike.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 18, 2009 10:30 am

Work in the district courts across the capital and the national capital region will be affected as the lawyers have announced an all India strike on Wednesday,to protest against the government inaction towards their demands.

Traffic movement around central Delhi might also be disrupted this afternoon as the district court bar association members will organise demonstrations near the parliament and also organise a rally near India Gate as part of their protest.

The rally will pass through India Gate,Copernicus Marg,Mandi House,Barakhamba Road,Tolstoy Marg and Parliament Street. The lawyers are protesting against the government’s inaction towards their demand for withdrawal of the recent CrPC amendments,which they consider “anti-people and anti-social.”

The amended section 41 of the CrPC now grants discretion to the police while making arrests for offences punishable with up to seven years imprisonment. It lays down a condition for such arrests. This,however,has not gone down well with the lawyers,who think that doing away with the “deterrence of arrest might lead to an increased crime rate in the society.”

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