UP Lawyers Extend Strike Over Hapur ‘Lathicharge’ Protest

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On Wednesday, lawyers in Uttar Pradesh continued their work abstention as a part of their sustained protest against the purported police lathicharge incident involving advocates in Hapur on August 29.

Lawyers in Mathura Protest Hapur District Lathicharge on August 30. (Photo: PTI)

Lawyers statewide, including those in the Allahabad High Court, continued their judicial work abstention on Wednesday in protest of what they perceive as the state government’s inadequate response to a recent alleged police lathicharge incident involving advocates in Hapur.

Originally scheduled to return to work on Wednesday, they opted to extend the strike by two more days until Thursday. The decision was made during a meeting on Tuesday night, led by Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh President Shiv Kishore Gaur. In their demonstration, members of the Lucknow Bar Association submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath via the district administration.

Additionally, on September 14, lawyers intend to burn an effigy of the government on the court premises, as directed by the Bar Council. Lawyers have been on strike across the state since the alleged lathicharge incident on August 29, citing the absence of “concrete action” by the state government against the involved policemen. Consequently, the Allahabad High Court initiated virtual hearings on Tuesday, although most lawyers are not participating in the proceedings.

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