Anti-CAA protest: 'Mumbai Bagh' protesters allege manhandling by police
Women protesting against the CAA and NRC at "Mumbai Bagh" claimed that the police had objected to a temporary shade put up by them at the protest site.
Women protesting against the CAA and NRC at "Mumbai Bagh" in Nagpada area of south Mumbai accused the police of manhandling them. The protesters claimed that the police had objected to a temporary shade put up by them at the protest site.
The police, however, denied the allegation. Hundreds of women have been sitting in protest at Morland road in Nagpada since January 26 against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and National Register of Citizens.
The incident took place in the early hours of Friday when some protesters put up a tarpaulin shade to protect themselves from the sun, a protester said, according to PTI. The police personnel, who were deployed at the site, took objection and tried removing the shade, following which a heated argument ensued and some protesters were manhandled, the demonstrator alleged.
The police, however, denied the allegation, saying they had examined the video footages from the site and the incident has not been confirmed as yet.
Following the incident, residents of Nagpada and Madanpura gathered at "Mumbai Bagh" and demanded action against the concerned police officials. A delegation of protesters also met additional commissioner of police (Central Region) Viresh Prabhu and senior police officials seeking action against the concerned police personnel.
The contentious CAA act seeks to grant citizenship to migrants belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Christian, Jain and Parsi communities who came to India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan on or before December 31, 2014.
The CAA came into force in India in December. Post that, there have been widespread protests in the country against the act which many claim is “discriminatory” on religious grounds as it apparently excludes Muslims.
But the BJP government maintains that the act is meant for minorities persecuted in three neighbouring countries due to their faith.