New Delhi, December 20
Delhi Mahila Congress chief Sharmistha Mukherjee along with some other members of the outfit, has been detained near Home Minister Amit Shah’s residence during a protest against the amended citizenship law.
Mukherjee, the daughter of former president Pranab Mukherjee, says around 150 other women members of the Delhi Mahila Congress were also detained. Around 80 protesters have been arrested in Lucknow, UP police chief OP Singh has said, adding that cops are investigating the role of “Bengali-speaking people” in the crowd. Protesters had turned violent in the city yesterday, leading to the death of one person, while two protesters were killed in Karnataka’s Mangalore.
A red alert has been sounded in Aligarh and the city has been put under a heavy security cover in view of the first Friday prayers since the police crackdown on students of Aligarh Muslim University who were protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act earlier this week. Aiming to bring national and international attention to their fight against the controversial law, protesters from a wide social and political spectrum have joined forces as marches and meets are being held across the country. In Delhi, police have denied permission to Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad to take out a protest march from Jama Masjid to Jantar Mantar.