Kanpur, Feb 10: Tension gripped the city after police forcibly removed the antiCAA and NRC protesters gathered at the Chamanganj's Mohammad Ali Park early Monday morning.
According to reports, police resorted to lathi charge to disperse the protesters, most of whom were women. The protest against the CAA and National Register of Citizens has been on for the past three weeks. While some protesters had decided to call off their agitation on Saturday, many stayed back. Police had asked them to vacate the park by Sunday night. However, at around 0430 hrs on Monday, cops started forcibly removing the protesters.
The protesters alleged that they were roughed up but police officials claimed they were forced to resort to lathi charge after stones were pelted at them. On Saturday, DIG Kanpur (Range) Anant Dev had warned protesters to end their agitation. Notices were served to 80 people and around 200 were identified as possible trouble-makers. The DIG had also warned protesters that the National Security Act (NSA) would be slapped on those harbouring trouble-makers. Police claimed that the protesters were instigated by outsiders. (UNI)