Berhampur, Nov 15 (Localwire) Protesting an alleged attack on an advocate by police, Ganjam Bar Association (GBA) has called for cease-work on Thursday.
Earlier on Wednesday, two bar associations in Odisha’s Ganjam district – Bhanjanagara and Buguda Bars – resorted to cease-work on the same issue.
In an emergent meeting, Bhanjanagara Bar Association (BBA) demanded transfer and suspension of inspector-in-charge Ram Chandra Biswal, who allegedly attacked advocate Hara Prasad Das at the Buguda police station on Tuesday.
According to reports, following a heated argument over a land-related case between Biswal and Das, the cop allegedly assaulted the latter, who was admitted to the local hospital with “injuries”.
‘We condemn the incident and demand immediate transfer and suspension of the police officer” said Bhanjanagara Bar president Pradumnya Nayak.
‘We also demand registration of a case under Section 307 (attempt to murder) against the police officer,” he said.
The association has given a four-day ultimatum to take action against Biswal.
The protesting advocates will be staging a “dharana” in front of Bhanjanagara and Buguda police station for two hours daily till action is taken against the accused cop, he said.
‘We have decided to cease work in the court on Thursday to support Bhanjanagara Bar” said GBA president Mohan Singari.
A fact-finding delegation has rushed to Buguda to discuss the issue with the lawyers, including Das.
‘We will soon call the officials of all bar associations in the district and decide on the further course of action” said Singari.
Ganjam Superintendent of Police (SP) Brijesh Rai said two counter cases have been registered in this regard.
Additional SP (Ganjam) PK Mohapatra and Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Bhanjanagara Utkal Keshari Das are inquiring the mater.
“Further action will be taken only after getting the inquiry report,” said the SP.