K’taka Govt Under Fire For Police Crackdown Against Anti-CAA Stir
However, before they could reach CM House, Bengaluru Police took into custody several prominent Congress leaders, among whom are leader of Congress MLAs S. Siddaramaiah and former State Congress President Dinesh Gundu Rao. Karnataka Congress has said that the BJP government is using the police arbitrarily for political benefit and filing false cases against people to entrap them. Former Karnataka CM S Siddaramaiah alleged that he wanted to meet CM Yediyurappa but was not allowed to do so. Prior to the Congress, several social-civil society organisations, human rights activists, lawyers, writers and theatre artistes have also protested against the Karnataka Police. They allege that the police are harassing anti-CAA protesters on the orders of CM Yediyurappa. On December 19, 2019, two protesters had died in firing by Mangaluru Police during nationwide anti-CAA protests. After this, when the Shaheen International School in Bidar district staged a play on the CAA, the police filed a case of sedition against the school and its teachers and arrested two women. Amid this, ruckus erupted when the Bidar Police questioned school children for several hours. This behaviour of the Karnataka Police with anti-CAA protesters has been questioned by the High Court as well. The High Court has ruled that the imposition of Section 144 in the state to stop protesters on December 18, 2019 was illegal, which is a huge blow for the Karnataka Police.
#Karnataka govt has come under fire over the police crackdown against the anti #CAAprotesters as state @INCcongress leaders attempt to gherao the CM @BSYBJP's residence but were detained midway@iankushchoubey #KarnatakaHighCourt— GoNewsIndia (@GoNews_India) February 15, 2020
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