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PCS officers withdraw strike after UP govt assures action

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh PCS Officers Association tonight withdrew their strike, which was supposed to start tomorrow against the alleged assault of an Additional City Magistrate (ACM) and three officers by a group of lawyers, after assurance of action from the state government.

"Over 16 lakh employees today boycotted work to press for their demands," President, Rajya Karmchari Sanyukt Parishad , Harikishore Tiwari said.
UP State Karmchari Sanyukt Parishad President Harikishore Tiwari said, “lakhs of government employees are with PCS officers.”

“The strike was withdrawn after the government assured arrest of the accused,” a member of the Uttar Pradesh Provincial Civil Services (PCS) Officers Association said.

The association had resolved that over 1,100 officers will be on strike from Monday if the accused lawyers were not arrested immediately.

On being asked on the strike, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had said he would “talk to the Chief Secretary in this regard”.

Police said the officers have registered a case against two advocates, including an office-bearer of the Lucknow Bar Association, in the incident that took place on Friday.

An FIR was also lodged against two Additional District Magistrates and an ACM on the complaint of the lawyers, but was later expunged, they said.

The PCS officers had stalled all revenue and land related works while lawyers announced they would not attend local courts after the incident at the Collectorate here.

The UP State Karmchari Sanyukt Parishad had announced that it would support the strike, with its President Harikishore Tiwari saying “lakhs of government employees are with PCS officers”.


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