Lucknow, January 21: The police in Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow have booked several women, including two daughters of Urdu poet Munawwar Rana- Sumaiya Rana and Fauzia Rana, who protested against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) at city's iconic Clock Tower. The protestors have been identified and accused of "rioting" and "unlawful assembly" in the criminal cases filed by the Lucknow police. Lucknow: UP Police Issues Clarification Over Seizure of Blankets During Anti-CAA Stir After #कम्बल_चोर_यूपी_पुलिस Trends on Twitter.
In three separate FIRs filed on Monday, around 150 people, including 130 unnamed protesters, were booked under sections 147 (rioting), 145 (unlawful assembly), 283 (obstruction), and 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the IPC. Visit Shaheen Bagh, Listen to Concerns on CAA, NRC over Tea: Protesters to PM.
According to reports, the criminal cases have been filed on the basis of a complaint by a female constable who alleged that she was heckled by protesters. The demonstrators, who allegedly pushed her, have been accused of rioting and unlawful assembly.
On Sunday, protestors at the Clock Tower had alleged that police officials took away their blankets and food. Dismissing the allegations, Lucknow police said that the "blankets were seized after due process".
Amid the ongoing women-led protest in the city, Union Home Minister Amit Shah will address a Pro-CAA rally in Uttar Pradesh's capital on Tuesday to garner support for the controversial law. Shah is said to be accompanied by many local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders.