TOBA TEK SINGH - Local lawyers community on Monday ran amok in DCO Office here, ransacked the office and smashing the windowpanes and doors in protest against the alleged attempt of DCO Javed Iqbal to get vacated 403 kanal land of proposed for Lawyers Colony near Jhang Road Bypass.

They raised slogans against DCO and district administration and condemned the attempts. However, DPO Ahsan Younis and ASP Amjad Sheikh reached the spot along with a police contingent and evacuated the DCO from his office.

The angry lawyers also staged a demonstration outside the office of Additional Deputy Commissioner Haroon Rashid.

Earlier, lawyers held a meeting with Toba Bar President Rana Zafarur Rehman in the chair where speakers including former DBA general secretary Mian Faisal Anwaar, former president Rana Muhammad Anwar, Safdar Nasir, Zafar Iqbal, Farooq Imran Lodhi, Mian Muhammad Afzal, Ch Tanveer Hussain, Ch Asghar and Manaf Lodhi claimed that pillars and sign boards installed at the site had been dismantled while the DCO and other officials were trying to get used the land in question for a five marla Colony. They added that land had already been allotted to them. Meanwhile, the DCO invited the lawyers to hold talks with him but the latter rejected the offer. They also announced to observe strike against DCO for indefinite period.

On the other hand, the DCO claimed that the land had not been allotted to the lawyers so far and that its case was pending for valuation of payment with the Punjab Board of Revenue. He pointed out that until a final decision of the Revenue Board the possession of state land would be termed as unlawful.

Meanwhile patwaris, the DCO office staff and revenue officers observed a strike after lawyers attack and set up a protest camp outside DCO office to condemn the attack.