Anti-CAA Protest: Two Killed In Police Firing In Mangaluru, Internet Suspended, Curfew Imposed

Published : 20 Dec 2019 8:32 AM GMT
Anti-CAA Protest: Two Killed In Police Firing In Mangaluru, Internet Suspended, Curfew ImposedImage Credit:�vijaykarnataka

Anti-CAA protests intensified in Mangaluru, Karnataka, with two protesters killed in police firing. The victims, Jaleel (49) and Nauseen (23), suffered bullet injuries after police began to fire, in an attempt to quell the violent protests. They later succumbed to their injuries.

The protests had turned violent with demonstrators hurling stones at police personnel, and police resorting to lathi-charge and firing.

In an attempt to avoid untoward incidents, the state government has beefed up security deployed at deputy commissioner’s office and other areas in the city today i.e December 20.

Defying prohibitory orders under section 144 of the CrPC that bans assembly of more than four people, protesters took to the streets, holding placards with slogans like ‘withdraw CAA and NRC’ and ‘CAA is against constitution’.

Police fired tear gas shells, resorted to baton charge and fired in the air to disperse the protesting crowd.

Meanwhile, video footage that emerged from Mangaluru’s Highland Hospital showed police personnel lathi-charging people in the lobby in the evening of December 19.

In one of the videos that surfaced, however, protesters can be seen pelting stones at police personnel and then running into the hospital.

Speaking to The Logical Indian, Muneer Katitallal, 42, DYFI Karnataka State President, claimed: “I have been in touch with the protesters and they were protesting peacefully when the police resorted to violence. Protesters hurled stones only after provocation.”

Talking about the Highland Hospital incident, he claimed that when the now-deceased Jaleel and Nauseen were brought in to the hospital injured, police barged in and became violent, without any provocation.

When The Logical Indian reached out to the hospital, the authorities refused to comment on the incident and claimed that the situation in the hospital is currently normal. They denied the presence of police personnel in the hospital premise.

Hours after the two men were killed, the Karnataka government suspended mobile Internet services in Mangaluru and Dakshina Kannada district. The suspension comes in the wake of Manguluru Police Commissioner P. S. Harsha’s report to the state government on the violent incidents that had taken place.

Although Mangaluru police reportedly told media that they resorted to lathicharge only after the protesters became violent, they remained unavailable for a clear comment when The Logical Indian contacted them.

Currently, an uneasy calm prevails in Mangaluru, with a curfew imposed in parts of the city till Sunday midnight.

Also Read: [Watch] Mangaluru Police Barges Into Hospital, Swings Batons In ICU

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