Riots in the name of exercising the democratic right to protest against the amended citizenship law have claimed 15 lives while many people are injured in Uttar Pradesh. The injured include many policemen.
Violent demonstrations are being organised in several States including Uttar Pradesh against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Before setting vehicles on fire, rioters vandalise the place and damage properties worth crores. When the police intervene, they stone the cops.
Four people have died in Meerut, two each in Firozabad, Sambhal, Kanpur and Bijnor, and one each in Muzaffarnagar, Rampur and Lucknow in the ongoing protests against the CAA. In view of this widespread violence, internet services have been stopped in many areas. Also, schools and colleges have also been announced to be closed.
Praveen Kumar, IG (Law and Order), Uttar Pradesh Police, said that 705 people who were violently protesting against the Act had been arrested and sent to jail, while about 4,500 people have been released after arrest.
263 Uttar Pradesh Police personnel injured
Praveen Kumar said that 15 people have died, while many people have been injured in the violent protests over the Citizenship Amendment Act. Apart from this, 263 policemen have also been injured, out of which 57 policemen have received bullet injury. Cases have been registered against about 10,000 people in the violence in various districts of the state including Prayagraj, Ghaziabad, Bahraich, Hapur, Lucknow, Barabanki.
Police have seized 405 kiosks and cartridges from the violence areas. Apart from this, action has been taken against those who spread rumours and make inflammatory comments on social media. 63 cases have been registered for making inflammatory comments on social media, while 102 people have been arrested. Action has been taken on more than 14 thousand inflammatory posts on social media. Of these, 5,965 posts were posted on Twitter, 8 thousand posts on Facebook and 141 videos on YouTube.
Police had to fire tear gas shells to control the violent mob at many places in Uttar Pradesh. Violent clashes again took place in Kanpur and Rampur on Saturday. According to the police, the agitated protesters pelted stones at the police, after which the police showed vigorously lathi sticks. For a long time, there was a clash between the mob and the police.
Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party MLAs Amitabh Bajpai and Haji Irfan Solanki were taken into custody by the police on Saturday. The situation has been tense in the state till now. Apart from this, protests, as well as counter-protests favouring the changed law, are being held in Delhi, Maharashtra, Assam and Karnataka.