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Vadodara lawyers boycott courts for 2nd day

Written by: Staff

Vadodara, May 10 (UNI) Work in the Nyay Mandir in Vadodara remained paralysed for the second consecutive day today as lawyers boycotted courts protesting against the recent mob attack.

Baroda Bar Association (BBA), which had called for a two-day strike by its members on the issue, today criticised the police for failing to register an FIR nine days after the incident occurred, in the aftermath of the demolition of a controversial dargah near Champaner Gate on the Fatehpura road.

Criticising police for its ''total inaction'', the association had demanded complete security of the court building and immediate intervention of the state government for initiation of action against the offenders, who allegedly stormed into the Nyay Mandir court premises with lethal weapons and set on fire and damaged about a dozen of vehicles, mostly belonging to the lawyers, after violence spread in the walled city area on May 1.

The members of the association threatened to intesify their agitation if police failed to book the culprits forthwith for attacking the temple of justice.

Today, in six police station areas of Raopura, Karelibaug, City, Wadi, Navapura and Panigate, curfew was relaxed from 0800 hrs to 0700 hrs, and no incident of violence was reported so far, police said.

Curfew was imposed in these areas on May one after the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) forcibly razed the dargah, leading to widespread communal violence in the city, which claimed 6 lives and wounded more than 60 people.

With the improvement in the law and order situation, the authorities of the M S University have announced new exam schedules for its different faculties from May 12, which were earlier postponed due to communal disturbances and curfew in the city.


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