Work at government offices in Uttar Pradesh is likely to be hit from Monday with Provincial Civil Services (PCS) officials threatening to go on a strike over the alleged assault of an Additional City Magistrate (ACM) and three officers by a group of lawyers on Friday. “The PCS Officers Association has resolved that over 1,100 officers will be on strike from Monday if the accused lawyers are not arrested immediately,” association general secretary Pawan Gangwar said.
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We will also seek action against the Lucknow SSP, Manjil Saini, for “police inaction” in this matter, he said. On being asked on the strike, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said he would “talk to the Chief Secretary in this regard”.
Police said the officers have registered a case against two advocates, including an office-bearer of the Lucknow Bar Association. An FIR was too lodged against two Additional District Magistrates and an ACM on the complaint of the lawyers, but was later expunged, they said.
The PCS officers had stalled all revenue and land related works while lawyers announced they would not attend local courts after the incident at the Collectorate. The UP State Karmchari Sanyukt Parishad announced that it would support the strike, with its President Harikishore Tiwari saying “lakhs of government employees are with PCS officers”.