The chairman of the Junior Bar Association R D Mishra,55,was Thursday shot dead by unidentified assailants in Kandhai Police Station area of the Pratapgarh district.
Following post-mortem,examination,the lawyers brought Mishras body to the district court premises and blocked traffic in the main city area throughout the day.
There were also reports of lawyers vandalising some vehicles,shops and district hospitals,however,the police categorically denied it.
While a compensation of Rs 10 lakh has been announced,the police officials were negotiating with the lawyers on a list of demands,which included calling the chief minister to Pratapgarh and increasing the compensation amount to Rs 20 lakh. However,Inspector General (Allahabad Range),L V Antony Dev Kumar,who reached Pratapgarh following the incident,said that the lawyers have agreed not to pursue for CMs visit but are insisting on the compensation amount.
Other demands included jobs for family members,fire arms licenses,the process for which will be set in motion,added the IG.
An FIR is however yet to be registered in the case and in the absence of a formal complaint the police were
unable to begin the investigations.
The police said that Mishra had left his home in Raniganj area of the district to reach the district court around 9.30 am. He was shot dead by the assailants when the motorcycle he was riding on reached near the bridge on Sai River.
He was riding pillion,while his friend Umesh Chandra Pandey was riding the motorcycle.
The area around the bridge is desolate and located on the border of Kotwali and Kandhai Police Station areas. Pandey,who was accompanying Mishra is in a state of shock and unable to give us the exact sequence of events. He has yet to give details about the assailants too, said Das.
Sources said that traffic around Ghanta Ghar,Ambedkar Chauraha,and other main squares within the city area remained completely blocked throughout the day,causing hassles to commuters.
The traffic was disturbed due to the massive protest but there was no violence. It was all peaceful. However,forces had been called in from other districts to ensure that things remain peaceful, said Pratapgarh Additional Superintendent of Police,Visarjan Das.
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