Holding the police and the administration to ransom for over five hours in Lucknow, hundreds of lawyers went on a rampage — resorting to arson and violence — near the high court and district court Wednesday. Several government vehicles at the health directorate and the UP Roadways workshop were damaged during the mayhem.
The violence left schoolchildren and even ambulances, which were carrying seriously ill patients, stranded for several hours as traffic came to a standstill on the roads leading to Qaiserbagh and King George’s Medical University (KGMU).
The lawyers were protesting against the alleged murder of advocate Shravan Kumar Verma in Naka area of the state capital on Tuesday. A scuffle broke out between lawyers and the police after a lathicharge was ordered to disperse the protesters. Lawyers, who hurled stones and clashed with the police, were also reportedly seen brandishing a revolver in the presence of police, who were being led by senior officials.
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Lucknow SSP Rajesh Kumar Pandey said that in the morning lawyers took out a march and their delegation met district officials with demands of compensation for the deceased’s family and arrest of the culprits. He added that the lawyers were assured of compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of the deceased.
“Later, lawyers torched two roadways buses parked outside the workshop near the district court. The lawyers further started damaging vehicles parked on the roadside and inside the health directorate building campus, which is in front of the high court. This led to a brick-batting between the lawyers and employees of the health department, when the latter opposed damaging of the vehicles on the campus,” he said.