Lakhimpur case: Lawyers strike enters third day



Kanpur: The functioning of several district courts in Uttar Pradesh continued to be affected on Wednesday as lawyers protesting the killing of two advocates in Lakhimpur Kheri struck work for the third day.

Lawyers Pradip Dixit and Mukul Tewari were shot dead on Saturday allegedly by a group of Lekhpals or revenue officials during a clash in Lakhimpur Kheri.

Agitated over the killing, lawyers in Lakhimpur and Gola had gone on a rampage damaging around 12 government vehicles and ransacking the office of the District Magistrate.

The lawyers alleged that the Lekhpals resorted to unprovoked firing, which left two of their colleagues dead and four others injured.

An FIR in this connection was lodged in, which 34 people, including 33 Lekhpals, were named as accused.

As many as 33 Lekhpals have been arrested in connection with the case so far, police said.

The lawyers and Lekhpals had been at loggerheads for the last several days over alleged extortion of money from the people by Lekhpals. The lawyers were on strike for a week prior to the incident demanding the transfer of a Lekhpal, while the revenue officials were boycotting work in support of their colleague.

The protesting lawyers have demanded a CBI inquiry into the incident.

"The victim's families must be compensated for their loss and stern action should be taken against the accused Lekhpals and officials to make sure that such incidents are not repeated," Kanpur, Bar Association, President Ajit Shukla said.

Meanwhile, lawyers at several places including Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Saharanpur, Ghaziabad, Bulandshahr, Baghpat, Bijnore, Moradabad and Kanpur stayed away from work in response to a strike call by UP Bar Council.

PTI