Clashes have been reported in Allahabad by advocates after one of the robed brethren was shot dead yesterday. A constable has been reported to be injured in incidents of firing, stone pelting and arson that followed.
The unfortunate incident occurred at around 2 p.m when Advocate Nabi Ahmed was killed in firing over some dispute. The shooter has still not been properly identified.
However, it has been claimed that a sub-inspector was involved in the firing and he subsequently sought refuge in the SSP’s office as lawyers came out to the streets to protest against the killing. They said the sub-inspector claimed he fired in self-defence after a constable was shot at following a tiff with some lawyers on the court premises. The sub-inspector was there, along with two constables, in connection with a hearing. The injured constable was identified as Ajay Nagar.
As tension prevailed in Allahabad, six companies of Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and one company of Rapid Action Force (RAF) have been deployed to maintain law and order. The situation is now said to be under control.
According to an official spokesman, several vehicles were destroyed and two persons were injured in stone-pelting and arson. Unofficial reports, however, said about a dozen persons were injured. The protest by lawyers is likely to spread to other places on Thursday.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav expressed grief at the death of the advocate and announced a compensation of Rs. 10 lakh for the next of kin.
The Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh had asked advocates throughout states to abstain from work today which proved to be successful. Bar Council of India has released an official statement requesting nationwide ‘no work’ on 16/3/2015.
However, this is not the first of the clashes between bar and police. The two important pillars of law enforcement have a history of mutual dissatisfaction and vendetta.
Read the BCI circular and Circular of Bar Council of UP here.