New Delhi: Seven people, including two persons who received bullet injuries, were injured as a protest against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) turned violent in Aligarh’s Delhi Gate on Sunday. The clashes, according to the police, took place after some of the protesters allegedly threw stones at the police, prompting the cops to resort to a lathi-charge and fire tear gas shells to disperse the mob. Also Read - Anti-CAA Protest: FIR Filed Against 60 Women For Dissenting in Aligarh
Following the violence, mobile connection in the city was suspended for six hours. The two persons who sustained bullet injuries were hospitalised; their condition is reported to be stable. Also Read - CAA Protests: 10,000 Unnamed Aligarh Muslim University Students Booked in Connection With December 15 Violence
The violence broke out after the police denied permission to erect tents to women, who have been observing a sit-in against the CAA for nearly a month now, who wanted to protect themselves from inclement weather as it rained in the city on Friday. This led to stones being allegedly thrown at the police, who responded with a lathi-charge and firing of tear gas shells.
Speaking to news agency ANI, Chandrabhushan Singh, Aligarh District Magistrate (DM), said, “Protesters pelted stones at police vehicles, so they had to resort to firing teargas to disperse the protesters.” He added that some Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) women students were involved in the protest and that efforts to identify them were on.
The Rapid Action Force (RAF) was deployed in the area to bring the situation under control.
Violent anti-CAA protests took place in more than a dozen cities in Uttar Pradesh, including capital Lucknow, between December 19-21. The Uttar Pradesh Police initiated a crackdown in the wake of the violence, in which more than 20 people were killed; however, it came under severe criticism for alleged excesses during the crackdown.
UP CM Yogi Adityanath, had controversially vowed ‘revenge’ against the protesters, triggering major outrage.