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Police on Monday refuted a news item over the disappearance of a lawyer, saying that he was being detained at sub-jail Baramulla under orders from a competent magistrate.

“This is in response to news item published in some newspapers purportedly on High Court Bar Association statement about so called missing of a lawyer. It’s hereby clarified that said lawyer has been detained in Sub Jail Baramulla under orders from a competent magistrate,” a police spokesperson said, in a statement today.

He said that it was further clarified that mention of IGP office in the news item is incorrect. “It would have been appreciated had the facts with police been taken on record involving the subject before placing the news item,” he said.

Elaborating about the arrest of the lawyer, he said, the subject in question was called to Police Station Kreeri Baramulla and was bound down by magistrate. “Police have sufficient ground for this action keeping records and materials available with us. The family stands accordingly informed,” the spokesperson said.

On Tuesday, lawyers had boycotted court work as a mark of protest against the detention of their colleague Shabir Ahmad Bukhari who, they said, was missing from Srinagar since May 12.