Blast on Lucknow court premises: Police say no one heard explosion, rivalry behind incident; bar association's joint secretary claims he was target

  • At least three lawyers were injured when a crude bomb exploded outside the chamber of one of them in a Lucknow court compound on Thursday

  • On 7 January, lawyer Shekhar Tripathi (32) was beaten to death with sticks by five men in Lucknow

  • On 17 December, a man was killed and two policemen injured when unidentified assailants opened fire at Bijnore CJM's court

At least three lawyers were injured when a crude bomb exploded outside the chamber of one of them in a Lucknow court compound on Thursday.

The Joint Commissioner of Police, Lucknow, said that prima facie, it appeared to be a matter of rivalry between two parties and that the investigation is on.

 Blast on Lucknow court premises: Police say no one heard explosion, rivalry behind incident; bar associations joint secretary claims he was target

Lawyers gather in the Lucknow court premises after the blast. ANI

The commissioner added that people nearby did not hear a blast or bomb exploding and that the plaintiff Sanjiv Kumar Lodhi has not been hurt in any way.

Lodhi, the Lucknow Bar Association joint secretary, claimed he was the target of the attack because he had been complaining about a few judicial officers. He said about 10 people hurled crude bombs outside his chamber in which he and two other lawyers were injured. "One bomb exploded but two still lay unexploded," he said, questioning the security on the premises.

Bomb disposal and dog squads have reached the site of the blast.

Last month, lawyers struck work in protest against the recent attacks on them in the state. The Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh had asked bar associations to abstain from work to put pressure on the government to pass legislation to protect lawyers.

On 7 January, lawyer Shekhar Tripathi (32) was beaten to death with sticks by five men in Lucknow, triggering anger among his colleagues who sat with the body at the district collectorate demanding justice. On 17 December, a man was killed and two policemen injured when unidentified assailants opened fire at Bijnore Chief Judicial Magistrate's court.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Feb 13, 2020 19:14:08 IST