With the Karnataka government orders to impose Section 144 in Karnataka, protestors took numerous rallies in all main roads of Karnataka on Thursday against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). This soon spread to the remaining main cities in the state with situations slipping out of hands as the protestors and student groups pelted stones at the police forces.
Tensions rose high in Mangaluru as two of the protestors died after the police opened fire to control the violent mob. After which the Karnataka government has suspended mobile Internet services in few of the districts from Thursday night for the next 48 hours. Police opened tear gas shells, resorted to baton charge and fired in the air to disperse the mob who rushed into the nearby Highland Hospital. In no time, a battalion of police entered into the hospital breaking open the door using lathis, shields including ICU.
The videos of the police manhandling the people waiting in the waiting lobby and barging into the locked hospital rooms are going viral on social media. This kicked up a wave of controversies over police taking violent actions in the ICU premises. While the hospital sources stated that police threw tear gas shells and opened fire in the hospital, the police refused doing so.
Video 2- Shows police trying to kick and enter a room in the Highland Hospital ward in Mangaluru. They were looking for protesters, but hospital authorities say they lathicharged everyone including attenders. @thenewsminute #CAAProtests pic.twitter.com/LiYvhJqM83
— Theja Ram (@thejaram92) December 20, 2019