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Lawyers boycott judge

Krishnagar, July 9: Nadia lawyers are boycotting the district judge for granting bail to a guard who had shot at and injured bar association secretary Debashis Das in May.

Sabyasachi Banerjee, who admitted the bail petition of Biswajit Mondol, met with loud protests as he read out the order after noon. Bolstered by their colleagues who rushed in from other courtrooms, the lawyers shouted slogans, demanding that Banerjee reverse his order, and vented their ire on the furniture. They then decided not to attend the sessions court while Banerjee is in charge.

A strong police force led by police superintendent Benoy Chakraborty arrived soon to stop events from turning ugly and stayed till the judge left for home. No one was arrested.

“It is true that the lawyers were agitated after the district judge granted bail to Mondol, but they were provoked by his order,” said public prosecutor Sadhan Mondol. “We have decided to boycott the sessions court proceedings till the removal of the judge,” added Asim Saha, president of the bar association.

“They attacked me and threatened me with dire consequences if I did not withdraw my decision. They were also very abusive, I had no option but to go out of the courtroom,” Banerjee later said.

Mondol, guard of Sanat Kumar Bose, president of the Nadia consumer disputes redressal forum, had opened fire during an altercation between Bose and some lawyers protesting against the forum’s shift from the criminal court building on May 18. Mondol had fired four shots, of which two hit Das in the abdomen and spine.

The Nadia lawyers were protesting against the forum’s new location three kilometres away from the court. As the bar association members led by secretary Das and Bose almost came to blows, eyewitnesses said Bose asked his guard to open fire.

Mondol was let out on a personal risk bond and asked to pay a security deposit of Rs 1,000.

Doctors assaulted

Five persons, including three physicians of the sub-divisional hospital at Katwa, about 175 km from Calcutta in Burdwan, were beaten up by relatives of a snake-bite victim who died on Wednesday afternoon. Police arrested five persons, including a woman, for assaulting the people and ransacking the hospital ward.

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