Work affected in courts of western districts of UP

Muzaffarnagar: Work in courts across 18 districts of western Uttar Pradesh came to a standstill as lawyers boycotted court proceedings Wednesday to protest police action on a Bijnore lawyer.

On October 25, lawyer Sanjeev Agarwal was allegedly beaten up by some policemen during a protest against the arrest of an advocate. Neeraj Tyagi, a lawyer was taken into police custody on October 24 for intimidating voters a day ahead of panchayat poll in Lakkhiwala village in Bijnore.

When some lawyers heard of Tyagi's custody, they staged protest at the police station and broke some furniture there, prompting police to take action to repel the protestors during which Agarwal was allegedly beaten up by the policemen.

The lawyers had demanded stringent action against the policemen then and had refused to attend the courts.

Judicial work was affected in the 18 districts including Muzaffarnagar, Bijnore, Meerut, Ghaziabad, Bulandshahar, Baghpat, Moradabad, Saharanpur and Rampur following a boycott call by the action committee of the 18 districts today.

"We are also seeking action against the police allegedly involved for beating a senior lawyer of Bijnore, Sanjiv Kumar", spokesman of the committee and president of Muzaffarnagar District Bar Association Pramod Tyagi said.