DGP Uttar Pradesh OP Singh has said that some Trinamool Congress (TMC) politicians want to visit Lucknow but “we will not allow them because of Section 144 in the area”. The officer said the atmosphere here can become tenser.
The DGP said that many people with the potential to provoke violence have been stopped from visiting different parts of the State. The number of such people is about 5,000, he informed the press. He said, “135 cases have been registered against anti-social elements in the State.”
On the violent protests in Uttar Pradesh against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Singh said that 879 people had been arrested so far.
Police have been deployed across the State. PSE and Rapid Action Force have been deployed, too.
Regarding the incidents of violence during the protest, the DGP said that 282 police officers had been injured in the clashes. So far, 15 people have died. He appealed to citizens to help the police establish peace in the State.
Singh said that the State has begun the exercise of looking for compensations for the losses. “If the miscreants do not pay the fine, their property will be confiscated,” the DGP said.
The DGP informed the press that some TMC politicians had wanted to visit the city but they were not allowed due to Section 144. Singh said, “If TMC leaders come here, they will not be allowed to enter the city from the airport. So far, no untoward incident has been reported from anywhere. We hope that peace will prevail today (Sunday) as well.”
Until last night, riots in the name of exercising the democratic right to protest against the amended citizenship law had claimed 15 lives while many people were injured in Uttar Pradesh. The injured included many policemen. Violent demonstrations were being organised in several States including Uttar Pradesh against the CAA. Before setting vehicles on fire, rioters vandalised the place and damaged properties worth crores. When the police intervened, they stoned the cops.
It may be recalled that Uttar Pradesh Police had said on Saturday that several rioters in the State were found to have connections with West Bengal. That happens to be a TMC-ruled State.
Meanwhile, the TMC has planned to send its delegations to all BJP-ruled States to create the impression that such States alone are witnessing unrest, the incidents of rioting in West Bengal and tension in several districts of Kerala notwithstanding. While stray incidents of clashes between groups supporting the CAA and those opposing it were reported last Wednesday and five persons were injured when crude bombs were hurled at a procession in the North Dinajpur district.
The TMC-ruled State had witnessed violence and arson from 13 to 17 December during protests against the CAA. More than 350 people were arrested for their alleged involvement in rioting.