Jamshedpur lawyers observe pen-down strike, delegation meets SSP, demands action

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Jamshedpur: Lawyers in Jamshedpur civil court observed a day-long- pen-down strike in protest against the alleged police inaction in connection with an assault on lawyers at the Jamshedpur Bar Association building under Sitaramderapolice station area on Thursday afternoon.

The JBA’s president RathinNath Das led a delegation of the lawyers to senior SP, AnoopBirtharay on Saturday and submitted a memorandum demanding proper police action.

JBA vice-president, Mohammed Qasim (65) was assaulted by one of his own clients at the victim’s seat on the ground floor of the three-storeyed bar building on Thursday afternoon.  The client, identified as Mohammed Pervez, had charged on the senior lawyer after a brief altercation over some document which was in reportedly possession of the victim.

After beating Qasim, the accused who is also a builder operating in Mango locality had fled the bar building, but after raising alarm by the fellow lawyers, the police personnel posted at the gate intercepted him.  Soon a group of lawyers had also thrashed the accused before handing him over to the police.

On being thrashed, Pervez (40) was also injured.  As the senior lawyer was injured, he was taken to the MGM Medical College Hospital for treatment. Later the police sent to Pervez also to the medical college hospital where both the builder and the senior lawyer were released after the first-aid.

The Sitaramdera OC, Ajay Kumar said they have registered a counter case in connection to the assault on the court premises.

” We have presently registered a case under Section 323 of the IPCs on both the accused. We have started investigation into the case, and if we find that Pervez is liable to be booked under some grievous section, then we will definitely do that,” said the OC.

Kumar said in the preliminary investigation they maintain both Qasim and Pervez equally guilty and both of them had sustained injuries in the assault, said the police officer, claiming that they have not done any justice.

The JBA president maintained that the extent of injury meted out to advocate Qasim might be negligible, but as the matter assumes significance as the assault on him has taken place on the bar building premises.

“It is a matter of great concern that the Jamshedpur Bar Association which has over 1,800 members is under threat,” the JBA president said, adding that this is the reason that they have decided to resort to a day-long strike.

Anil Kumar Tiwary, general secretary, JBA said that they were more hurt as the OC, Sitaramderamisbehaved with the lawyers who had accompanied with the senior lawyer, Qashim to the Sitaramderapolice station for lodging FIR.

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