Sambalpur: A scuffle erupted between members of the Sambalpur Bar Association and police during protest rally of the lawyers opposing the visit of Finance Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera to the town to attend a programme at GM University here today.
The lawyers were staging a protest march holding black flags and wearing badges over non-fulfilment of their long-standing demand for setting up a High Court bench in the western Odisha.
As the police tried to stop them, a scuffle ensued and over 150 lawyers were detained under preventive arrest.
“The state government has remained silent only sending two letters to the Centre. It is not keen on putting pressure on the Centre for setting up a HC bench in western Odisha,” the association members alleged.
Sambalpur Bar Association had staged a demonstration at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi recently in this connection. But the Centre is yet to take any action, said the aggrieved lawyers.
Besides, the activists threatened that they will protest the visit of any State or Union Minister to the town until and unless their demand is fulfilled.