Violence in Allahabad as SI shoots lawyer dead

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Allahabad: Violence erupted in Allahabad on Wednesday after a police sub-inspector reportedly official shot dead a lawyer and injured another in self defence outside the high court.

Angered over the incident, lawyers went berserk and attacked policemen, pelted stones and even torched many vehicles, most of them belonging to the police and the administration.

While heavy reinforcement was sent to contain the violence, the lawyers continued with their rampage.

Six companies of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and one company of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) have been rushed to Allahabad, said an official.

According to reports, the incident was triggered following a verbal spat that turned violent after a lawyer bumped into Sub-inspector Shailendra Singh.

Shailendra Singh allegedly rebuked the lawyer and when he reacted, the policeman allegedly pulled out his service revolver and shot at him in self-defence.

While one lawyer was killed on the spot, another was rushed with serious injuries to a medical facility where his condition is said to be grave.

The Uttar Pradesh Bar Council said it will proceed on a strike from Thursday to protest against the shooting incident.

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