Protesters, mostly women, were booked for violating Section 144, “rioting” and “unlawful assembly” by Lucknow police on Tuesday.
Lucknow| Over 100 protesters, including Daughters of noted Poet- Munawwar Rana, were booked for violating Section 144 among 3 criminal cases filed by Lucknow Police.
The indefinite sit-in demonstration against CAA and NRC started on Friday night at the iconic clock tower in Old Lucknow. It began with 50 odd women and gradually the crowd swelled up to more than a thousand as more people joined in. However, there have been no reported incidents of vandalism during the protests.
The action comes ahead of an upcoming rally by Union Minister Amit Shah in support of CAA in Lucknow on Tuesday.
The Anti-CAA protests also broke out in different parts of the city and women staged a protest near a ‘Dargah’ in Ujariaon. A police team rushed to the site and informed them about section 144 being imposed in the city.
Over 100 unidentified protesters have been accused of “disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant”, “assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of duty”.
The criminal cases against the protesters are believed to be based on a complaint by a woman constable who said that she was harassed by protesters. The protesters, who are accused of misbehaving with her, are charged with rioting and unlawful assembly.
In the last month during Anti-CAA protests, twenty-one people have died in different parts of Uttar Pradesh, highest in the country. When violence arose amid anti-CAA protests last month in Lucknow, several activists were accused of “attempt to murder” among other similar charges.
The protests have spread to different states and the demand is to withdraw CAA and NRC/NPR.