HC bench row: Lawyers-Cops face off in Sambalpur

Sambalpur: Tension erupted at Church Chhak in the city after a scuffle between lawyers and security personnel following demand for establishment of permanent high court bench in western Odisha.

The face off ensued when the lawyers under the banner of Sambalpur Lawyers Association took out a rally from Court chhak protesting Finance Minister Sashi Bhushan Behera’s visit to the GM University as chief guest on occasion of 74th Foundation Day.

Earlier at the general body meeting, the Lawyers’ association had decided to oppose all minister ministers of State and Centre and Chief Minister’s visit to the Sambalpur due to their apathetic attitude towards establishment of a high Court bench.

As per the decision, the lawyers took out a black flag rally to oppose the Finance Minister. Police waylaid them at Church chhak and took over 150 advocates into preventive custody.

Meanwhile, the GM University Campus has turned into a virtual fortress with deployment of adequate police forces to ensure a smooth foundation day celebration.

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