Mnp lawyers protest against mob violence

Mnp lawyers protest against mob violence
Lawyers during the sit-in-protest stage in Imphal on Monday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, May 20 | Publish Date: 5/20/2019 10:59:16 AM IST

Manipur lawyers on Monday staged a sit-in-protest against mob violence inside court premises and demanded that the restriction should be imposed on public entering court room and premises.

Around 300 lawyers from All Manipur Bar Association (AMBA) and High Court Bar Association (HCBA) took part in the protest staged in front of Imphal’s Cheirap Court under the banner “Lynching mob violence, damaging court property and assaulting advocate H Nabachandra Singh.”

While protesting against alleged increasing mob violence inside the court rooms and premises in the state in the recent time, the lawyers strongly condemned an assault on one of their colleagues by a mob inside the court premises.

On May 18, a group of people agitating against murder of a man stormed the court premises of Imphal East chief judicial magistrate and ransacked the court property.

They further assaulted an advocate inside the court premises. 

Eleven women were arrested by the police during the mob violence.

Lawyers taking part in the protest observed that despite government measures to check mob violence by passing an anti-mob violence bill, there has been increase in people resorting to mob violence.

Mob violence has become a serious problem as lawyers, who are the custodian of laws were not left, AMBA president in-charge Kh Braja Singh alleged.

May 18 incident was not the first of its kinds that people resorted to violence inside court premises. Such incidents have been occurring almost every time when accused in sensitive cases were produced in the court, Singh said.

Despite knowing the fact, the state government, particularly state home department was yet to come up with certain measures to check such incidents, he lamented. Alleging security lapses behind such incident, he demanded that concerned authorities of the state government must take up adequate security measure prior to production of accused in sensitive cases in the court. He demanded that all possible preventive measures should be taken up to prevent recurrence of mob violence incident inside the court premises.

He further said that a joint meeting of the AMBA and HCBA have resolved to urge the concerned authority to restrict entry of public inside the court rooms and court premises.


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