The Hush Post| 9:23 am|one-minute-read|
Protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) turned violent in Ahmedabad on Thursday. This, after a group of protesters targeted a few policemen.
At least five Gujarat Police personnel were injured when they took cover in a small shop on the side of a road and hundreds of protesters started pelting stones on them.
A video of the incident has gone viral. It shows the policemen struggling to shield themselves from the raining stones. Though, a few protesters tried to calm down the protesters and protect the police personnel.
Police lobbed teargas shells to disperse the mob of around 2,000 persons and protesters shouted slogans and held placards saying “No CAB No NRC”.
When the police tried to disperse them. The protesters started throwing stones, bricks and bottles at the policemen.
Some policemen can be seen taking cover behind moving police vehicles as stones are pelted on them.
Another video showed some people thrashing a policeman who fell down from a moving police bus.
Assistant Commissioner of Police R B Rana was among the policemen injured in the stone-pelting. “I think at least five policemen were injured,” said Rana.
Ahmedabad police commissioner Ashish Bhatia said the situation was now under control.
“We will identify the perpetrators and lodge FIRs against them. Barring the stone pelting in Shah-E-Alam area, no untoward incident took place in the city today,” he said.
32 people have been detained for questioning
“We have detained around 32 people. The FIRs are being registered. We are identifying others based on CCTV footage. A total of 19 police personnel were injured in the incident,” he said.
Earlier in the afternoon, police baton-charged people who gathered in Sardar Baug garden in Mirzapur area here to protest against the Citizenship Act and NRC.
Police dispersed about 200 protesters since they didn’t have permission for the demonstration. At least 20 of them were detained, said inspector F M Nayab, a local police official.
“We had taken permission for the protest, but it was cancelled at the last minute. However, we had announced yesterday that we will go ahead with the protest,” said Bhavik Raja, member of the All India DSO.
Elsewhere, Muslim outfits took out protest marches in different parts of Gujarat including Morbi and Banaskantha districts, demanding rollback of CAA and NRC.