Work in lower courts disrupt after a blast, shift courts, J

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Srinagar, Feb 22 (UNI) Normal work in the Srinagar lower courts was disrupted, after a blast in heavily guarded court complex near here, left a Jammu and Kashmir police official wounded this afternoon.

The Jammu and Kashmir Bar Association (JKBA) has demanded immediate shifting of all lower courts, housing in the buildings, majority of which have been declared unsafe some decades ago.

The blast took place in ''Mohala Khana'', a room on the ground floor, where police kept all seized goods, including arms and ammuinition, gold and charas and brown sugar, when a number of courts in the first and second storey of the same building were holding normal work.

The JKBA president Nazir Ahmad Ronga demanding immediate shifting of Mohala Khana from the building which is made of wood.

Had the fire not been controlled in time, it would have caused much damage to the entire complex, which also houses a number of courts.

Mr Ronga said a large number of people, besides judges and lawyers were present in the court when the blast took place.

He said despite repeated pleas by Bar and the prosecuting officers, the authorities had failed to shift the Mohala Khana.

Mr Ronga said a number of buildings, also housing courts in the complex were declared unsafe several decades ago by the experts.

He alleged that government was not taking any interest to built courts at Bemina where 200 kanals of land had been acquired in 1996.

It took only a year or so to identify, acquire land and construct courts in Jammu, he said.

Though the Bar is not against development across the Banihal, but at the same we expect government to give people of Kashmir their share.

He reiterated that Bar will continue to support the freedom struggle launched by the people in the state, but at the same time it will highlight the step motherly treatment of the government towards the people of Kashmir.

He said the people attending lower and high courts are facing lot of problems. They had to park their vehicles outside the court complex while in Jammu everyone can take his vehicle inside the complex.

We do not have proper seating facility or urinals in the court here, he said adding women too had to face problems because of lack of such facilities.

He said the Bar will soon launch an agitation against the state government step motherly treatment towards the people of valley who are paying Rs one crore as stamp duty and other taxes daily in the Kashmir courts.

UNI BAS QAB SHB RN1611

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