As the talks with government held on Wednesday failed, pro-Telangana advocates, who have been agitating for the past 4 days demanding a 42% quota in judicial posts, at the Andhra Pradesh High Court, continued their protests in front of High Court on Thursday.
The agitating lawyers, as part of their protest, stormed the Chamber of Justice C V Nagarjuna Reddy, and damaged chairs, books and the podium.
Protesting against what they called the government's indifferent attitude, the lawyers demanded that Justice C V Nagarjuna Reddy boycott duties and extend moral support to their agitation.
The protesting lawyers, raising slogans of 'Jai Telangana' slogans, attempted to break the locks of the gates of the High Court. However, the police foiled their plans and took them into custody.
Following the incident, tension mounted on the High Court premises, and additional police forces have been deployed to prevent untoward incidents.
The protesting lawyers also sought the resignation of Advocate General D V Seetharama Murthy.
Justice T Meena Kumari tried to bring some order to the situation by making frantic appeals to the protesting lawyers not to damage property and make their demands in a peaceful manner.
Traffic on the road was disrupted due to prevailing tension at the court.
The lawyers warned the government that they will not withdraw their agitation until the government gave them a written assurance on the quota issue.
Meanwhile, the Telangana Joint Action committee has called lawyers in Telangana region to boycott courts until the government makes its stand clear on the issue.
The JAC also extended solidarity to the 3 advocates â€” S Satyam Reddy, G Jyothikiran and Vijay Kumar Goud - who have been on a fast since Monday near the Advocate General's office.
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