Lawyers-cops spat: Odisha HC Bar Association’s agitation spreads

Cuttack: The ongoing agitation by Orissa High Court Bar Association spread statewide with joining of various lawyers organisations in the strike here today over ‘police atrocity’.

The High Court Bar Association today decided to continue its cease-work stir till Wednesday.

The next course of action will be taken at Action Committee meeting of the association on Wednesday.

Besides, a team of lawyers will meet Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Law Minister Pratap Jena and Chief Justice of Orissa High Court.

The meeting was held today to discuss the matter and take further course of action.

Meanwhile, the probe is underway following allegation was reported against police for attacking a lawyer in Cuttack.

The Bar Association had called for the cease-work agitation on August 30 protesting ‘police excess’ on a lawyer at Nua Bazaar bridge on August 28 morning in Cuttack.

They demanded arrest of the cops who were involved in the incident.

Taking action against the erring cops, Cuttack DCP Akhileswar Singh suspended two Constables and a Havildar in connection with the attack on the lawyer.

The DCP suspended Constables BK Samal and UK Bhuyan and Havildar PK Behera for police excesses.

Besides, a one-month notice has been served to Home Guard Kishore Samal seeking his explanation, following which necessary action would be taken, Singh had informed at a Press meet on August 30.

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