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Lawyers in Kashmir strike work after attack on Bar President

Written by: Staff

Srinagar, Nov 23 (UNI) Lawyers in Kashmir today boycotted courts in protest against a grenade attack on Bar President and senior counsel Mian Abdul Qayoom yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Kashmir Bar Association (KBA) has summoned an emergency meeting here to decide the future course of action in view of the assassination attempt on Mian Qayoom.

The Bar condemned in strongest terms the grenade attack on its President and decided to strike work in all courts in protest.

Mian Qayoom escaped a bid on his life when unidentified men threw a grenade on his car near his residence here last evening.

Talking to UNI, Mian Qayoom said as he was driving past the Barzulla bridge near here at 1715 hrs last evening, two men standing there first threw a stone at him which hit his car.

The KBA President said he did not stop the car and soon after, one of the two men hurled a hand grenade at him.

''It just missed the car by a whisker...but I did not stop the vehicle there and continued to drive towards my residence at Bulbul Bagh near here,'' he added.

Mian Qayoom said it was definitely an attack on him.

However, the police was yet to confirm the incident.

The attack came barely hours after a Chandigarh court yesterday granted bail to nine of the 14 accused in the sex scandal.

Those granted bail included two former Jammu and Kashmir Ministers and sitting legislators Ghulam Ahmed Mir and Raman Mattoo, sacked additional advocate general Anil Sethi and BSF DIG K C Padhi.

The KBA had strongly opposed the bail application of the sex racket accused when the case was heard in Srinagar.

The Bar had also filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court which is monitoring the investigations into the case by the CBI.


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