DGP OP Singh said police also resorted to firing tear-gas shells to control the situation in the Madeyganj area. About 20 people were detained there
Lucknow: On Thursday violence rocked Uttar Pradesh’s capital Lucknow, with agitation against the amended citizenship law turning violent in several parts of the city. Agitators resorted to arson and set vehicles ablaze in Hazratganj.
Hazratganj locality also faced clashes, with protesters pelting stones on the police. The police resorted to lathi-charge to disperse the agitators. But not before the protesters targeted the media and set ablaze to an OB van.
The protesters also set a police chowki ablaze in Madeyganj and set police vehicles on fire. Violence was also reported from old city areas like Khadra where stones were pelted at the police.
According to reports clashes were also seen in Hussainabad, Daliganj, Teele Wali Masjid, and Chhota Imambara.
Later Lucknow District Magistrate Abhishek Prakash said the situation was under control now. “We used moderate force where Section 144 was violated by a violent mob and stone-pelting happened and arrested those who were involved in it,” Prakash said.
DGP OP Singh said police also resorted to firing tear-gas shells to control the situation in the Madeyganj area. About 20 people were detained there.
There were tensions in Muslim-dominated areas, and police were making efforts to maintain law and order there. Senior officers have been sent to these areas.
In Sambhal district of Uttar Pradesh, roadways buses and private vehicles were set ablaze by protesters. As a result of the violence, Internet services were suspended in the western UP district.
Violence was also observed from Kushinagar where protestors pelted stones at the cops.
The agitation, which has been taking place for the last few days, is against the controversial CAA which was recently made a law. The Citizenship Act provides for expedited citizenship to refugees of non-Muslim faith from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh.