No headway in UP blasts case; lawyers'to protest tomorrow

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Lucknow, Nov 25: With UNPA leaders targeting the Uttar Pradesh government for the Friday's serial blasts in three cities of the state and the state lawyers observing Protest Day tomorrow, the police is yet to make any major breakthrough in the investigation so far.

A total of 13 people were killed and more than 70 wounded in the serial and coordinated blasts at court premises in Lucknow, Varanasi and Faizabad districts.

The UP Bar Council held a meeting here today and decided to observe 'Protest Day' tomorrow and boycott court work to protest the serialblasts in the state.

Besides, the council also appealed to the lawyers' fraternity in the country to support their protest call.

The council further announced financial support of Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs 10,000 to the kin of the lawyers killed and injured in the blasts respectively.

The lawyers body has demanded the state government to hike the ex-gratia to the family of those killed to Rs 10 lakh from Rs 5 lakh.

Demanding fool-proof security in the court, the council has also demanded day-to-day hearing of cases pertaining to terrorists in the state and setting up of a special court for the purpose, if the need be.

They have suggested the trial of the terrorists could be conducted in jail to avoid any confrontation with the lawyers in the backdrop of the blasts in the court premises.

Meanwhile, the council has set up a five-member committee of retired HC judges to submit a report suggesting security structure for the state courts.

State Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order, STF) Brij Lal told UNI

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