Police 'lathi-charge' advocates, bar expells Satish Chandra Mishra

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Lucknow, May 14 (UNI) Amid intense agitation by advocates against the death of a fellow colleague in police custody, the Lucknow Bar Association today expelled six members -- including State Advisory Committee chairman Satish Chandra Mishra and City Development Minister Nakul Dubey -- from the associaton's primary membership.

Besides, MP Brijesh Pathak and Advocate General Jyotindra Mishra were the other two, who have been expelled by the Lucknow Bar Assocation.

The action came, following police lathi-charge in the protesting lawyers when they set afire Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati in effigy. The police resorted to lathi-charge when the mob assembled in front of the High Court and showed their wrath. Nearby 30 lawyers were wounded in the incident.

The irked lawyers had boycotted work and vandalised properties at various Courts' premises across the state.

Meanwhile, the Lucknow Bar Assocation passed a resolution to stage a 'dharna' outside District Magistrate's office.

Besides, condemning the police attitude, the bar demanded FIR and severe action against the officials behind the death of the their colleague.

Yesterday, S K Awasthi, an advocate in police custoday for contempt of court, had succumbed to his injuries in a city hospital.

On April 28, Mr Awasthi was put in Naini jail of Allahabad and was admitted to Swaroop Rani hospital over some illness.

Wherein, his condition deteriorated and he breathed his last in the hospital.

The last rites of Mr Awasthi were performed in the presence of various law practitioners. The mob alleged that Mr Awasthi was not keeping well and had he not been sent to jail he would have been alive.

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