CAA Protest: A case of rioting filed against many women, including daughters, sitting on dharna of famous poet Munawar Rana in Lucknow

Lucknow: The Lucknow police have registered three cases of ‘rioting’ and ‘unlawfully gathering’ against the famous Ghantaghar in Lucknow, against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which identified dozens of people sitting on indefinite dharna since Friday night. . The people against whom cases have been filed are mostly women, including Sumayya Rana and Fauzia Rana, daughters of famous Urdu poet Munawar Rana.

On Friday night, about 50 women started picketing at the clock tower, but soon the crowd grew and many women and children came and sat with them. More than 100 anonymous protesters have also been accused in police complaints of ‘disobeying an order issued by a government official in a proper manner’, ‘attacking a government official or preventing them from performing their duty by force’.

The incident, which is believed to be the basis of these criminal cases, is actually a complaint lodged by a woman constable, in which she alleged that the protesters scrambled with her. The protesters who allegedly pushed and abused the female constable have been charged with rioting and unlawfully gathering.

The police are accused that on Saturday night they took away the blankets and food items kept for the protesters present at the clock tower. The Lucknow police, in a statement refuting the allegations, said, “Do not spread rumors”, and said that ‘the blankets were seized after due process’.

There have been no reports of any sabotage during the ongoing demonstration at Clock tower.

Violence erupted during protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Lucknow last month, and police had registered similar criminal cases in the names of several well-known social workers, including Sadaf Zafar. They were also charged with ‘attempt to murder’ along with other charges. However, during the bail hearing later, the police had said that they did not have enough evidence against these social workers.

In the last one month, 21 people died across the state during demonstrations against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which is more than any other state in the country.

In the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) passed by Parliament last month, religion has been made the basis for the citizenship of the country for the first time. The government claims that this will help the minorities of the three Muslim-majority countries – Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh – who fled to India before 2015 due to religious atrocities. According to critics across the country, this law discriminates against Muslims, and violates the secular principles of the Constitution.

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