Bengaluru: Hitting back the government’s orders to impose Section 144 in Karnataka, protestor took to the rally in Bengaluru on Thursday against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Karnataka government on Wednesday evening announced the imposition of Section 144 in the state for three days which would come into effect from 6 AM on Thursday. These orders in the wake of protests against CAA has triggered flak from the public and student groups hit the main streets in the city to hold rallies and protests against the section.
Talking to the press on Wednesday, City police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao supported the decision taken by the government while almost 80 organisations and student groups sought permission from the police to stage protests on Thursday. However, it was stated that the schools, colleges and other educational institutes will function normally including the government offices. Former Deputy CM and Congress leader G Parameshwara took to Twitter to condemn the government orders. Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code prohibits assembly of five or more people and holding public meetings.
Imposing Section 144 in Bengaluru without any threat of violence is a gross abuse of power by the state government. It is intended to curb the peaceful protests organised by students against #CAA and #NRC. Why is state government silencing young voices? Is it scared of them?
— Dr. G Parameshwara (@DrParameshwara) December 18, 2019