Western Odisha lawyers’ agitation continues

Sambalpur: Intensifying protests demanding a permanent HC bench in western Odisha, the lawyers closed down the government offices for the second consecutive day today.

According to sources, various other organisations and law students joined the agitation today.

Convenor of Central Action Committee of lawyers from western Odisha, Ashok Das also came down from Sundergarh to join the agitation in Sambalpur.

“The Odisha government and the Centre have only exchanged letters. We have repeatedly demanded for a permanent bench similar to Madurai,” said Das.

The lawyers have also questioned the silence of the people’s representatives in this regard. The lawyers alleged that the local representatives are working for the interests of their own parties and not for the development of the region.

“These politicians are indifferent to the people’s cause. They lack political will to demand a bench. So the people will give them a befitting reply,” senior advocate, Dilip Kumar Bishi said.

“Everybody has right for justice but some people are deprived because the High Court is situated in a far-off place. So there should be a high court bench in western Odisha also,” a law student said.

The lawyers will observe ‘Mahabandh’ on November 29 and 30 to take up the stir at a larger level.