CAA protest rages across the nation: Ramchandra Guha, Yogendra Yadav detained in Bengaluru, Delhi

Siddaramaiah accused the police of acting at behest of the current government and urged them to act 'human' first

Prime News, National, Karnataka, Bengaluru/New Delhi, December 19:-Massive protests against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) have been held across the country today despite prohibitory orders being imposed in states such as Karnataka, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.

Historian and author Ramachandra Guha is among the protestors who have been detained as a part of police crackdown on anti-CAA protests. “I have been detained for holding a photo of Mahatma Gandhi and speaking to the press,” Guha said. He was detained near Town Hall in Bengaluru where swarm of protesters assembled defying Section 144.

Heavy deployment of police forces was seen early in the morning in Bengaluru’s Town Hall area that has been the hub of anti-CAA protests for the past week. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa held a meeting with senior police officers, including Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao today and instructed them to take all measures to avoid any untoward incident.

As reports of police mishandling protestors and detaining them in Bengaluru surfaced, Siddaramaiah accused the police of acting at behest of the current government and urged them to act ‘human’ first.

Siddaramaiah tweeted “Though Police force are acting on the behest of ruling dispensation, I strongly urge them to be Indians & Humans first. Act sensibly and act [email protected]@[email protected]#RevokeSec144#CAAProtest.

Ahead of large-scale protests in Karnataka, the administration has imposed prohibitory orders in Bengaluru and Mangaluru. Large gatherings have been banned under Section 144, prohibiting unlawful assembly of four or more persons have been imposed in the two cities.

The orders in Bengaluru would be in force for three days starting from 6 am on Thursday morning to December 21 midnight. The ban in Mangaluru would be for two days from Thursday morning till Saturday midnight, the commissioners of police of the two cities said in their separate orders.

Protesters in Kalaburgi, Karnataka, detained by police as they conducted black flag protests despite section 144 being imposed in the area. Students of the Hyderabad Central University, who were supposed to be part of the protests, were also detained by the police.











Thursday’s march will commence from Red Fort and culminate at Shaheed Park near ITO. Other civil society groups will also take part in it, the AISA functionary said.

“December 19 is the martyrdom day of (freedom fighters) Ram Prasad Bismil and Ashfaqullah Khan. We will unite on the special day to resist CAA and also raise our voice against the police brutality in Jamia and AMU campuses,” the AISA functionary said.

According to the amended Citizenship Act, non-Muslim refugees, who came to India before December 31, 2014, to escape religious persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan will be granted Indian citizenship.

Bihar, meanwhile, will see a bandh called by Left Parties.

As protests rage across universities against a new citizenship law, students have taken to social media to wage battle online and teach people how to organise demonstrations. Current and former students have taken to Instagram, a photo and video sharing platform known for lifestyle content, to express their disapproval. Many also use the platform to educate others about what they see as potential concerns with the new legislation. While Facebook and its messenger WhatsApp are also being used to drive conversations about the CAA and protests, over half a dozen students from Jamia said Instagram was their preferred choice of social media, news agency Reuters reported.

Starting at 10 am in Bhubaneswar, protests would be held round the clock across cities. Rallies will be held in the country’s financial capital at 4 pm, in Chennai at 3 pm from Valluvar Kottam, in Bhopal at 2 pm and in Hyderabad at 4 pm. Pune will join in from 4.30 pm with a protest march at Koregaon Park Lane. In Bhubaneswar, two protests, one at the Master Canteen and the other in Kahrbela Nagar, are to be held. Starting from 4pm, protestors in Mumbai assemble at the August Kranti Marg.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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