Lucknow, December 19: The stir against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) has forced the government in Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka to impose Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in several districts. While the administration in several districts of Karnataka had announced prohibitory orders for Thursday, the announcement from Uttar Pradesh's Director General of Police (DGP) O P Singh came late in the night. Section 144 Imposed in Bengaluru, Parts of Karnataka For 3 Days as Anti-CAA Protests Spread Across State.
"Section 144 is in force and no permission for any gathering has been given for 19.12.19. Please do not participate. Parents are also requested to counsel their children," said the statement issued by the DGP on social media.
Several demonstrations were planned in Uttar Pradesh tomorrow against the citizenship law. The protests are being led by some Muslim groups, which view the CAA - in prism of the proposed nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise - as a ploy to rid them of their citizenship.
Update by DGP
'Sec 144' is in force and no permission for any gathering has been given for 19.12.19. Pls do not participate. Parents r also requested to counsel their children.
— DGP UP (@dgpup) December 18, 2019
In Uttar Pradesh, violent protests were reported on Tuesday in Mau region of Purvanchal belt. Clashes erupted in the district between police personnel and scores of protesters who had hit the streets in opposition to the law.
A day earlier, protest marches were taken out in Aligarh and Lucknow -- where a large number of youth came out to demonstrate against the alleged violence perpetrated by police against students in Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).
In Karnataka, two major agitations were planned by Opposition parties and civil society groups in Bengaluru against the citizenship law. The protests were scheduled at 11 am and 5 pm at the same venue - Town Hall.
A massive agitation is also planned in Mumbai, the state capital of Maharashtra, where thousands of protesters are expected to assembly at the August Kranti Maidan. In the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress-ruled Maharashtra, the administration has not imposed prohibitory orders. The Mumbai Police has been directed to ensure high-level security for the demonstration.
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