A DAY after a group of lawyers allegedly assaulted an additional city magistrate and four others, officials at the Lucknow Collectorate on Saturday said they would start an indefinite strike from December 19. With no arrests made in the case yet, PCS and subordinate revenue officials stayed away from work at the Collectorate. Heavy police force have been deployed outside the Collectorate to avoid any untoward incident.
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Police said on Friday afternoon, a group of lawyers reportedly had attacked a stenographer after he refused to handover a file without seeking permission from the sub-divisional magistrate. As Additional City Magistrate (ACM) Anil Kumar and other officials rushed to the courtroom and tried to stop the lawyers, they reportedly misbehaved with them. On Kumar’s complaint, an FIR was lodged against Anurag Trivedi, Kuldeep Verma and seven unidentified lawyers.
On Saturday, a meeting of various associations was held in Lucknow. “We have decided to go for indefinite strike from December 19 and also boycott Tehsil Diwas if the police failed to arrest lawyers involved in the incident. We also demand the suspension of Lucknow SSP Manzil Saini and Qaiserabgh Circle Officer Abhay Nath Tripathi for letting two lawyers, who were handed over to the police, escape,” said Sushil Shukla, district president of the lekhpal association.
Government officials posted in neighbouring districts of Sitapur and Kanpur were also present in the meeting, he added.
A group of lawyers, meanwhile, took out a rally demanding action on the FIR lodged on the basis of their complaint. However, Qaiserbagh police Station House Officer Ashok Kumar Pandey said, the FIR has been expunged.
“Lawyer Anurag Trivedi had got an FIR lodged against Additional District Magistrate (Finance) Nidhi Srivastava, ADM (West) Jai Shankar Dubey and ACM Anil Kumar. The FIR has been expunged as during investigation, the allegations made in the complaint could not be established,” he added.