Tribune News Service
Lucknow, January 25
Uttar Pradesh Police detained on Saturday more than a dozen women protesters who have been staging a sit-in protest against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act at Clock Tower in Old Lucknow.
Samajwadi party worker Pooja Shukla is one of the several arrested women. Shukla was one of several women named in three FIRs that police have registered with regard to the protests since January 17.
Baton-wielding police have reportedly cleared away the men standing near the protest site since the sit-ins began.
Police’s action came on the eve of Republic Day on Sunday as the women had declared they would hoist the National Flag at the protest site on Republic Day. The women have been sitting in peaceful protests for more than a week. The sit-in protests have been an all-woman event after police prevented men from joining the dharna.