Uttar Pradesh CAA protests: Police in Bijnor tortured children after detaining them, reports HuffPost India | Scroll
Topics: Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) | Uttar Pradesh
The teenagers were allegedly not part of the demonstrations in Nagina town. They recounted stories of brutal beatings, forced stripping and sleep deprivation. – Scroll
The Uttar Pradesh Police detained at least five minors at the Bijnor Police Cantonment last week, and tortured them over 48 hours before releasing them, HuffPost India reported on Wednesday. All of them are from the district’s Nagina town.
The five boys – Muslims between the ages of 13 and 17 years – were detained on December 20. That day, after the afternoon prayers, a small group of young men organised a march from the town’s Jama Masjid to a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act. A scuffle broke out when the the police tried to stop them. The police fired tear gas at the demonstrators and beat them with batons, while some protestors pelted stones at the police. The police detained at least 100 protestors, at least 21 of them children. Nagina municipal council’s Chairperson Khalil ur Rehman said the children were not part of the demonstration and were swept up by the police.