Patna: Thousands of lawyers in Bihar on Wednesday abstained from work to protest against the arrest of a colleague.

The Bihar Bar Council had asked all advocates to observe a strike over the arrest of Anil Kumar Singh in Samastipur on April 19.

Singh was arrested for charging a fee of Rs 30 for drafting an application, which local officials considered a bribe.

Council Chairman Baleshwar Prasad Sharma said nearly 80,000 lawyers took part in the strike. The protest hit the Patna High Court too.

"We have demanded a compensation of Rs.10 lakh for Singh for the harassment and wrongful arrest and transfer of officials responsible for it," Sharma said.