Home / News / India /  Section 144 imposed in Bengaluru, other parts of Karnataka to disallow protests against CAA, NRC

BENGALURU : Karnataka chief minister B.S.Yediyurappa-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government on Wednesday announced the imposition of Section 144 across Bengaluru and other parts of the state to disallow more protests against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 or CAA and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in India's technology capital.

The move comes a day after protests engulfed Delhi and other parts of the North Eastern states, especially Assam, where students and others have been relentlessly agitating against CAA and NRC as they believe it discriminates between people based on religion and goes against the secular principles of the Indian constitution.

"Sec.144 imposed all over the city but city will normal and All transport will available as usual. Don't be panic.

@CPBlr," the Bengaluru police posted on Twitter late on Wednesday.

According to the notification, restrictions will come into effect from 6 am on Thursday and will be applicable till midnight of 21 December or Saturday.

In a press conference late on Wednesday evening, Bengaluru city police commissioner Bhaskar Rao said that there will be no permissions given to protests or agitations of any kind in the city. He said that additional police personnel will be stationed in the city.

When asked if the police was denying people their fundamental right to protest, Rao said, "It is definitely against fundamental right, but a fundamental right stops when somebody elses well being is affected."

He said that there were many requests from groups--both for and against the act--seeking permissions for protests and permissions.

"But today after having examined that there are huge number of people who are for and against, we took a decision that both should not be allowed," Rao said.

"Taking into consideration what has happened in various parts of the country where protests and processions have resulted in into violent actions resulting into large scale law and order problems which has caused injury, death, police firing, buses being stoned, property being destryoed. We do not want such a situation to take place in Bangalore," he said.

Though there were protests against CAA and NRC, the agitations intensified after the incidents in Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) university in which Delhi police were accused of attacking students participating in peaceful protests against the new legislation.

"Imposing Section 144 in Bengaluru without any threat of violence is a gross abuse of power by the state government. It is intended to curb the peaceful protests organised by students against #CAA and #NRC. Why is state government silencing young voices? Is it scared of them?" G.Parameshwara, the former deputy chief minister and senior Congress leader posted on Twitter.

Violent protests erupted in parts of Delhi, especially Seelampur area, as some anti-social elements pelted stones on policemen who were deployed in the area.

The decision of the police to impose restrictions in Bengaluru and other parts of the state met with criticism as there were sevearl protests planned on Thursday by various groups and organisations.

"Shameless @BSYBJP government imposed prohibitory order till 21st because there is a pro CAA protest on 22nd.

Our rights denied, only one section of society allowed to protest," Vinay Sreenivasa, an activist and lawyer from Bengaluru posted on Twitter.

The decision not to allow any protests also since Karnataka's BJP-led government has announced to implement both NRC and CAA in the state that is believed to have a significant number of people from Bangladesh and other countries.

"The Citizenship Ammendment Bill 2019 concerns illegal immigrants and has nothing to do with Indian Muslims. There should be no anxiety or insecurity in the minds of Muslim brethren regarding their status. Please do not believe in any rumors and fake news.All Indians are equal," Rao had posted on Twitter on 12 December.

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