Odisha lawyers raise pitch; to continue stir till Aug 14

Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Aug 11:

Lawyers in Odisha have decided to intensify their stir and continue with their agitation till August 14 to press their demand for the immediate suspension and arrest of former Kendrapara SP Satish Gajbhiye.

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The decision to continue with the agitation till August 14 was taken on Monday evening after going through the report of the High Court Bar Association fact-finding team on the police assault on Kendrapara Bar Association president Duryodhan Sahu. The apex lawyers’ body has urged the bars to intensify their stir.

Nearly one lakh advocates from 154 bar associations across the state abstained from work and staged demonstrations on Monday demanding the immediate suspension and arrest of former Kendrapara SP Satish Gajbhiye.

A five-member team led by the High Court Bar Association president Dr Ashok Mohapatra visited Kendrapara on Monday to gather facts from the local bar.

“We condemn the brutal attack of the police in Kendrapara. We condemn in particular the action of the former SP of the district, who behaved in the most barbaric manner while handling the Kendrapara situation last week,” said High Court Bar Association secretary Bijay Kumar Ragada. He said the lawyers would continue to agitate until stringent action was taken against the erring IPS officer.

Ragad said the Kendrapara Bar Association has decided to file two FIRs against Gajbhiye, who was has been shunted out of the district and dumped as officer without duty in the police headquarters.

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