Six dead across Uttar Pradesh in protests that are anti-CAA; above 50 cops injured
The protests against the controversial Act Resulted in significant violence in Kanpur, Firozabad’s Lalganj area, Bijnor’s Naya Bazar region, Bulandshahr, Hapur, Muzaffarnagar, Bahraich and Gorakhpur. Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Awanish Kumar Awasthi said that five people were killed in the violence.
In accordance with state Director General of Police O.P. Singh, two people were killed in Bijnor, and one each in Meerut, Firozabad and Sambhal. One person had been killed of a gunshot injury in the unprecedented protests in Lucknow on Thursday. But officials reported that a death in Kanpur. Singh said over 50 policemen got injured during the protests. The DGP said that the cause of the deaths could be ascertained as the people were not killed in police firing.
Meanwhile, in light of the situation, the UP TET (Teacher Qualification Test) examination, scheduled for Sunday, has been postponed. Approximately 16 lakh people were due to appear in the examination. Among other incidents of violence, protesters pelted stones at the police, set motorbikes and cars on fire and ransacked police outposts in Hardoi and Farrukhabad.
In return, the police fired tear gas shells and protesters. In Deoband, though, the protests were relatively non-violent.
State Energy Minister and government spokesman Shrikant Sharma appealed to the nation’s people to keep peace and urged Muslims”not to allow themselves be used by vested interests, who have been using the community as a political tool since Independence”.
The stir across Uttar Pradesh are a part of several such protests that have captured cities throughout the nation since Sunday.
Security has also been beefed up across the state, as authorities have registered 19 FIRs against unknown people, of whom 17 are’named’ such as Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Shafiqur Rahman Barq in Sambhal district in relation to the violence during Thursday’s protest. At least 3,000 people across the country, including 350 in Lucknow, have been detained since Thursday night in connection with the violence against the newly amended citizenship law, police officials said on Friday.
A total of 3,037 Facebook articles, 1,786 Twitter posts and 38 Youtube videos (scenes of violence) were deleted since Thursday’s protests over the CAA. Internet services have been closed down in 15 districts, including the capital, even Direct-to-Home (DTH) services were also snapped for sometime, authorities added.