New Delhi: The Mumbai Police on Saturday served notices under multiple sections of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), relating to disturbing public tranquillity, to the protesters, mostly women, protesting against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Nagpada. Also Read - Senior Photojournalist Attacked by Mumbai Police at Anti-CAA Protest
Since January 26, hundreds of women, inspired by the national capital’s anti-CAA Shaheen Bagh protests, have been observing a peaceful sit-in against the Act. The protest, which is also against the National Register of Citizens (NRC), has been labelled as ‘Mumbai Bagh‘ on the lines of Shaheen Bagh. Also Read - Now Mumbai Women Hold Anti-CAA Protest Inspired by Shaheen Bagh, NCP's Supriya Sule Also Joins
According to reports, the notices were issued to 200 protesters on a complaint by the city’s civic body, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). In the complaint, filed by BMC’s Assistant Municipal Commissoner Alka Sasane, the civic body said that it was not being able to carry out some construction work at Morland Road, where the sit-in is being observed, due to the protest.
Some of the sections under which the protesters have been booked include 341 (wrongful restraint), 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) as well sections of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act and Criminal Amendment Act.
In the wake of the development, the protesters, who have also accused the police of misleading some women protesters into signing the notices, have now decided to form a committee, which, again, is on the lines of Shaheen Bagh.
Earlier this week, the Mumbai Police also attracted criticism for beating up a senior photojournalist who had gone to cover the ‘Mumbai Bagh’ protest.