Commissioner Bhaskar Rao: Bengaluru Police thankful for peaceful protests against CAA

DN Bureau

Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao on Saturday said that the police are thankful for peaceful protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).

Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao
Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao

Bengaluru: Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao on Saturday said that the police are thankful for peaceful protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).

"We are thankful to all the protesters who despite defying orders were unarmed. Those who were for the issue did not show up but those who were against the issue showed up. We performed our duty. We apprehended the persons who came for the protest and detained them and booked cases against them on December 19. Yesterday we were all present but nobody showed up for the protest. My officers have done an excellent job," Rao told reporters here.

"Today is the third day. A lot of people are asking whether we are going to extend section 144. We have no plans as of now but we will study the situation in the evening. These are things where we need to take immediate decisions," he added.

The Left parties in the state had called a protest here on December 19 against the CAA in which scores of protesters including students, advocates, and political workers took part.The protesters gathered at the Town Hall and raised slogans of "Azaadi", "Humko chahiye Azaadi" and "Sarkaar Murdabad" while demanding repeal of the CAA.

Police also detained Padma Bhushan awardee Ramachandra Guha during a protest against the Act at the Town Hall.

Protests have erupted across the country against the Act which grants Indian citizenship to refugees from Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Parsi communities fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh, who entered India on or before December 31, 2014.

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