2 killed in police firing in Mangaluru; CAA protests rock cities across country

2 killed in police firing in Mangaluru; CAA protests rock cities across country

Protesters arrive to participate in a rally against the amended Citizenship Act and NRC, at August Kranti Maidan in Mumbai, on Thursday, December 19, 2019. PTI

Tribune News Service

New Delhi/Mangaluru, December 19

Two persons died in police firing during the violent protests against the amended citizenship law in Mangaluru on Thursday, police said even as simultaneous protests raged in multiple cities across the country.

The two who received bullet injuries in police firing later succumbed at a hospital, police confirmed.

The deceased were identified as Jaleel Kudroli (49) and Nausheen (23).

Local government official Sindhu B. Rupeh said there had been clashes between stone-throwing crowds and police in Mangaluru since Thursday afternoon, despite restrictions imposed on public gatherings.

Besides, the two deaths in Mangaluru, a 25-year-old man died of firearm injury which he suffered while passing by a violent protest in Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, but police claimed that the death was not linked to the agitation or any police action.

In Delhi, a large number of protesters gathered at the Jantar Mantar after they were not allowed to demonstrate near the Red Fort and Mandi House where prohibitory orders have been imposed by the police.

Two protests were scheduled in the National Capital, one by students and activists and the other by the Left parties. The two marches were to meet at Shaheen Park near ITO.

'Gandhigiri': Protesters offer roses to police

The protesters offered roses to security personnel at the Jantar Mantar, saying police can baton charge them as much as they want but their message is "love in return for hatred".

A large number of protesters, including students and activists, gathered at the Jantar Mantar against the new legislation after they were not allowed to hold demonstration near the Red Fort and Mandi House where prohibitory orders have been imposed.

Several posters have been put up at Jantar Mantar against the new citizenship law, with one reading -- "Digital India with no internet, 'Janta mange rozi roti, milti hamko lathi gali' (people demand employment but get batons and abuses); save constitution save country."

Left leaders D Raja, Sitaram Yechury, Nilotpal Basu, Brinda Karat, activists Harsh Mandher, Prashant Bhushan and others were detained at Mandi House for violating Section 144 CrPC.

"We are being detained," said CPI general secretary before he was put into a bus by the police.

"We are being detained," CPI general Secretary D Raja told PTI just before he was put into a bus by the police.

Swarajya Abhiyan chief Yogendra Yadav, former JNU student Umar Khalid and JNUSU ex-president N Sai Balaji were among those detained.

"I have just been detained from Lal Qila. About a thousand protesters already detained. Thousands on the way. Am told we are being taken to Bawana," Yadav tweeted.

Protesters, which included activists and students, were dragged into buses in a bid to clear the area. Holding placards and shouting slogans, the protesters allowed themselves to be escorted to the buses.

Police detain a woman at a demonstration against India’s new citizenship law in New Delhi on Thursday. AFP