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Anti-CAA protests: Ramchandra Guha, prominent activists detained in Bengaluru

Ramchandra Guha and several other protestors had gathered at Townhall and Mysuru Bank circle in Bengaluru (Twitter)Premium
Ramchandra Guha and several other protestors had gathered at Townhall and Mysuru Bank circle in Bengaluru (Twitter)

  • The protestors are likely to be charged under section 188 (disobedience of public order) among other cases, say police officials
  • Activists in Karnataka said the BJP government had denied them their right to peaceful protests against a draconian bill

Renowned historian Ramachandra Guha was among many activists detained by the Bengaluru police on Thursday during protests against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019.

Several protestors had gathered at Townhall and Mysuru Bank circle in Bengaluru in defiance of the prohibitionary orders imposed by the B.S.Yediyurappa-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Karnataka.

"The CAA is an anti-Constitutional, anti-India law that was passed, we have the perfect right to fight against it. We had permission, and in face of so much of resistance around the country, BJP government has brought (Section) 144 and police have toed the line of their political bosses and treating people like animals here," Clifton Rozario, noted rights activist and lawyer, said after being detained.

The protestors are likely to be charged under section 188 (disobedience of public order) among other cases, police officials and activists said.

Activists in Karnataka said the BJP government had denied them their right to peaceful protests against a draconian bill that seeks to divide people based on religion.

"Vested interests who are opposing this or doing it with a political intention and the people of this country are intelligent to understand their political motto," Yediyurappa said in Bengaluru. "CAA is no threat to the people of the country and does discriminate people on basis of religion or caste, " he said.

Similar protests were seen in other parts of the country as well with students and activists relentlessly agitating against CAA and NRC (National Register of Citizens) and police action on students at Jamia Millia Islamia university and Aligarh Muslim University.

Swaraj Abhiyan founder and activist Yogendra Yadav was also detained during protests at Delhi's Red Fort on Thursday.

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