Saswat Singhdeo

Dhenkanal: Alleging misbehaviour by Dhenkanal district collector, a group of lawyers today manhandled the Additional District Magistrate (ADM) and ransacked the collectorate.

As per reports, the lawyers who had come to the collectorate for hearing of a case had to wait for a long time to meet the collector. When they questioned about the delay, the collector allegedly misbehaved with the lawyers and pushed them out of the office.

Subsequently, tension erupted after the lawyers gheraoed the collector office. The agitators asked the officials inside the collectorate to vacate the office and also manhandled the ADM in the process.

"There was no such incident of ransacking but lawyers association was agitated as the collector misbehaved with us," said former president of district lawyers' association, Naba Kishore Guru.

Later in the day, a discussion between lawyers’ association and the district administration failed. The lawyers have demanded an unconditional apology from collector threatening to launch a cease-work stir.