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‘Brutal killing’, self-defence or tragic over-reaction in chaotic scuffle? Watch video of UP lawyer shot dead by cop that BCI is calling a strike over

Footage: Unclear
Footage: Unclear

Allahabad advocate Nabi Ahmad was allegedly shot dead by police sub-inspector Shailendra Singh on Wednesday, 11 March, resulting in local riots by enraged lawyers and a call by the Bar Council of India (BCI) for a national strike by lawyers, demanding the police officer’s arrest and Rs 50 lakh compensation by the state government to Ahmad’s family.

Singh has since been arrested and Uttar Pradesh state has initiated a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry.

The video appears to have been recorded by a bystander on a cameraphone and has been doing the rounds between lawyers on social media. The authenticity of the recording could not be verified.

The video, in which shakiness has been auto-corrected by software, appears to show a group of lawyers attacking Singh (in khaki) before Singh firing his weapon.

The footage seems to corroborate media reports that the officer was allegedly in a “heated argument with a group of lawyers”, after which the lawyers “allegedly threatened to thrash him”, followed by Singh allegedly firing his service weapon.

The BCI called it a “ghastly and brutal killing of a lawyer by the police officials in court premises”, calling for a national strike, Singh’s immediate arrest and the state government to pay Rs 50 lakh compensation to the family.

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