Bandipora Sessions Court compound turned into battle ground when an under trial along with an accomplice assaulted his opposite counsel. Five persons including three lawyers and a civilian were injured in the feud.
The under trial identified as Noor Muhammad Gojjar of Doban Onagam in crowded court complex attacked 65-year-old Advocate Jan Muhammad Mir allegedly for some monetary issue. Advocate Jan is said to be his opposite counsel in a criminal case titled Noor Gojjar versus Zubaida under trial from last six years.
The advocate was allegedly attacked with a knife by under trail and his three accomplices. The incident led to hundreds of people gathering in court complex who also took part in the feud, witnesses told Rising Kashmir.
Five persons were injured including three lawyers, Jan Muhammad, Shafeeq Ahmed (PP) and Kaiser Bashir while accused Noor Muhammad and a civilian Ashiq Hussain were rushed to Srinagar hospital after receiving severe injuries.
Before attacking Jan the under trial according to Advocate Jan threatened him of killing on phone which was followed by a deadly attack on him (advocate) with a knife. However the accused Noor Muhammad told Rising Kashmir that it was a group of advocates who argued first on the monetary issue regarding his long pending case in the court.
“I am opposite counsel to Noor Muhammad for last six years in a criminal case,” Advocate Jan Muhammad said, adding “the attack was pre-planned as he earlier threatened me of killing.”
The agitated lawyers and members of Bar Association, Bandipora while complaining lack of security in the court complex said an armored under trial entered court complex with accomplices and attacked an elderly lawyer who was unaware of all the happenings. However accused Noor Muhammad said the feud was started by a group of lawyers with whom he was discussing a monetary issue about his long pending case.
“As we left from chambers for routine work, we witnessed a man hitting an advocate in the court complex. When we reached near the spot three to five people with knives in hands tried to hit the advocate,” said lawyers in the court.
“Police contingents deployed in the court complex witnessed the feud as mute spectators,” they alleged.
Noor Muhammad Gojjar told Rising Kashmir that the feud was initiated by Lawyers who were trying to silence him. He said it was a monetary issue and the lawyers beat him up brutally for their interests.
Lawyers said that today’s incident was the fifth of its kind when lawyers were assaulted in court complex and police did nothing to stop it.
President Bar Association Bandipora, Advocate Masood Bhat demanded the arrest of the all the men involved in the incident. Demanding proper security around the court complex President said there is insufficient security around complex which needs to be enhanced.
Advocate Bhat said despite the court premises teeming with clients, lawyers, police personnel, eye witnesses and crime suspects, the obviously inappropriate security level is alarming.
Bar Association announced suspension of work till the persons involved in the incident are arrested. Police said they are investigating the matter after receiving application from both the parties.