Lucknow CAA Protest: Several Women Protesters Injured In Police Lathi-charge, Hospitalised
NEW DELHI, MARCH 19—Several women protesters sustained injuries in police action against the anti-CAA women protesters at Lucknow's 'ghantaghar' on Thursday.
Many of the seriously injured women have been admitted to hospital.
Three of the protesters are reported to have become unconscious due to police assault.
Activist and Rihai Manch general secretary Rajiv Yadav told India Tomorrow that police took the action in order to remove the protesters from the site. The protest has been going on there for about three months.
He alleged that police beat the women with lathis on their abdomen and other parts of the body.
Stating that police crossed all limits of brutallity, Yadav alleged that police also kicked the copies of the Holy Quran that saome of the protesters kept with themselves.
He alleged that even aged women were not spared and beaten up badly.
They also did not spare a physically challenged couple and insulted them for participating in the protest.
The police, according to Yadav, had removed their names tucked on their shirt pockets and covered their faces jandkerchiefs. This is also seen in video footages of the police action. Police aare also seen taking videos of the protesters. Some of the women are seen forcibly snatching the mats from the protesters.
In January, the police had snatched blankets and even confiscated food packets from protesters during chilling winter.
The protesters in Lukcnow were not allowed to erect tent even during cold winter.
A large number of police and personnel of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) on Thursday surrounded the women protesters at ‘Ghantaghar’ (Clock Tower) of Lucknow.
#SOSLucknow— Karwan e Mohabbat (@karwanemohabbat) March 19, 2020
Women stand up to @Uppolice in #Ghantaghar protest site in #Lucknow as male police rain blows, lathicharge and forcibly try to evict women protestors. #caa_nrc_npr_protests
Rihai Manch general secretary Rajiv Yadav, in a statement, said that police took the action to evict the protesters from Lucknow which, after Shaheen Bagh in Delhi, was the strongest protest against hostile Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in the country.
Police had several times had tried to remove the protesters from Clock Tower but could not succeed.
Protests against CAA by women are going on at over 200 places across the country against hostile CAA. Protesters are demanding total withdrawal of CAA and scrapping of the proposed National Register of Citizens and National Population Register exercises all over the country.