New Delhi: The death toll in the large-scale violence that erupted over Citizen Amendment Act (CAA) in Uttar Pradesh reached 16 as on Saturday, i.e., December 21, stated a report.

Lucknow police have arrested at least six persons from Kolkata who were responsible for damaging and setting fire to state property in Lucknow on Thursday. Upon examining 11 mobile phones recovered in Hazratganj area, where violent protests took place, police found the text of the phone list in Bengali. Thus, preliminary investigations have revealed that the Uttar Pradesh violence had links with Bengal-based miscreants.

Several youths originally belonging to West Bengal’s Malda district are therefore being questioned in the case. Director General of Police O P Singh has confirmed that outsiders were involved in the violent protests in Lucknow. Further investigations are underway to unearth the conspiracy behind the pre-meditated violence.

Earlier in the day, the CAA protests in Rampur turned violent as protesters were seen pelting stones which killed one person and injured several others, stated a report. Police had to use force to contain the frenzied mob from indulging in arson, added the report. Meanwhile, the Rampur police’s Local Intelligence Unit (LIU) claimed that the local Muslim clerics had called for a protest near Idgah and block offices. There were several other places in UP where crowds had gathered in huge numbers and indulged in violence, added the report.

Notably, more than 250 protesters were arrested in the western parts of Uttar Pradesh including Muzaffarnagar, Ghaziabad, Meerut and Bulandshahr. Several other places in Uttar Pradesh witnessed violent anti-CAA protests on Friday. As per reports, protesters had hurled stones and torched vehicles in Lucknow, Kanpur, Gorakhpur, Meerut and Sambhal. The government had even suspended mobile internet services in Aligarh, Mau, Azamgarh, Lucknow, Kanpur, Bareilly, Shahjahanpur, Ghaziabad, Bulandshahr, Sambhal and Allahabad of Uttar Pradesh to contain the CAA fallout.

(With agency inputs)