Aided by a pliant police, BJP workers turned Sambhal’s CAA protests into communal stone pelting | Uttar Pradesh | Caravan Magazine
Topics: Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) | Uttar Pradesh
Anti-CAA protests in Sambhal, a town in the BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh—which saw a police crackdown too—into Hindus and Muslims pelting stones at each other. – Caravan Magazine
At around 3.30 pm on 20 December, a 15-year-old teenager set out from his home in the Sambhal town of western Uttar Pradesh to attend a one-hour-long tuition class. The teenager lived with his parents in a chawl named Mehmood Khan Sarai and had to go to Shankar Chauraha, just around one kilometre away. That day, in the afternoon, Muslim men had led a procession near Shankar Chauraha to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019. The Uttar Pradesh police used brute force to quell the protests—with tear gas, lathis and even open firing—as it had in other districts as well. Two Muslims were killed during the protests that day.
When the teenager did not return home by 5 pm, his mother became anxious. “I went and met the tuition teacher who told me that he had attended tuition and had set out for home from here,” she said. “Now, tell me, what was wrong in sending my child for tuitions?”