Lawyers call for western Odisha bandh

Sambalpur: Western Odisha Bar Associations on Sunday called for a western Odisha bandh on May 8 demanding arrest and transfer of Sambalpur collector Mrinalini Darswal for her alleged highhandedness.

The central action committee of the associations also demanded judicial inquiry into the confrontation between the collector and lawyers, which took place on April 23.

There was a conflict between the collector and the lawyers, in which the district collector was allegedly manhandled by the lawyers on April 23. Her residential office was also ransacked in the incident. The collector had lodged a complaint in this incident.

The lawyers had also lodged a complaint and alleged that the collector had used abusive language against the lawyers` fraternity.

Police had arrested 18 lawyers in this incident.

"Lawyers were supposed to go to Burla to protest against unscheduled power cuts, but the collector misbehaved with the lawyers and used abusive language against them. We condemn this behaviour of the Sambalpur district collector," said Ashok Dash, convener of central action committee of western Odisha bar associations.

Moreover, Police arrested 18 lawyers on the basis of the complaint lodged by the collector. Now police should take action on the complaint lodged by the lawyers, he said.

Meanwhile, chairperson of state women`s commission Jyoti Panigrahi arrived here to investigate into the incident in which Sambalpur collector was allegedly assaulted.

On the other hand, government employees, who had resorted to cease work after the attack of the collector, have resumed their duty. The government employees have joined the duty wearing black badges.