Split in unity: Agitating Odisha HC lawyers resist BJD Legal Front members

Cuttack: Friction between two groups of lawyers of the Orissa High Court was evident today as the agitating lawyers resisted the entry of BJD Legal Front members into the court premises.

A face-off situation emerged when BJD Legal Front members were stopped by the agitators near the gate of the High Court. As many as 25 platoons of police were deployed to avoid any untoward incident.

The BJD Legal Front had withdrawn its support towards the cease-work agitation by the lawyers. The move of the front came after the Orissa High Court Bar Association declared to intensify its strike and burn effigy of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in front of 164 Bar Associations across the state.

The members of the front were also asked to attend court proceedings either from October 29 or 30. The front had termed the decision to burn effigy of the Chief Minister as ‘unjustified’.

On the other hand, impact of the ‘infighting’ was seen at other courts in various parts of the state. Members of Bar Associations of Bhubaneswar, Balasore and Baripada locked up the main gates of the District & Sessions Judge Courts.

Notably, the agitating lawyers are demanding arrest of the police personnel accused in attack on advocate Debi Prasad Patnaik.

It may be recalled that Debi Prasad Patnaik had an argument with some cops in connection with a road accident at Nuabazar in Cuttack on August 28 night following which the policemen had allegedly beaten him.

Cuttack DCP Akhileswar Singh had suspended two constables and a havildar in connection with the attack.

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