JM assault case: Bar Association calls for bandh

Rourkela: Demanding stern action against the erring police officer in the Judicial Magistrate assault case in Rourkela, the Bar Association here has called for a bandh on Friday.

“In our general council meeting yesterday, it was decided to call for a peaceful bandh on April 8”, said President of the Rourkela Bar Association Ramesh Bal.

Meanwhile, opposing the lawyers stance, the Police Mahasangha has threatened to go on a cease work strike. A meeting of the Rourkela Police Officers and Constable Coordination Committee was held on Wednesday evening and threatened to go on strike if the suspension order of Inspector-in-Charge Sadanand Pujari is not revoked. The committee would send a request through the Additional Collector to the President of India, Governor and Chief Minister of Orissa for a fair enquiry into the incident.

“We demand for the revocation of the suspension order imposed hurriedly on IIC Sadanand Pujari. We also demand for stern action against the attackers of Constable Anjan Mohanty”, said Secretary of the Police officers Association Bimbadhar Behera.

“If our demands will not be met, we will go for a cease work strike”, warned Behera. 

The committee also said that there were cases against the Judicial Magistrate Arun Patnaik registered in 2006 in misbehaviour and extortion of money cases.