Lucknow: Cracking down on protesters in an unusual manner, the Uttar Pradesh police officials reportedly snatched the blankets, utensils and food items of residents demonstrating against the amended Citizenship Act near the Clock Tower in Lucknow's old quarters.
Miffed by the action, several took to Twitter to post videos and photos of the incident on Saturday. The posts soon started circulating on social media with '#KAMBALCHOR_UPPOLICE' becoming one of the top trends on Twitter.
#KAMBALCHOR_UPPOLICE police taking away quilt, utensils etc. in lukhnow at ghanta ghar during women's peaceful protest against #NRC, #CAA. Is this police unable to think before doing something against constitution or only follow government order. Shame shame— Shahnoor khan (@Mehboobkhan542) January 19, 2020
Imagine a police force getting down to snatching your food to stop you from protesting! Just think about it once!!#कम्बल_चोर_यूपी_पुलिस#CAA_NRC_Protests#मोदीजी_शाहीनबाग_कब_आओगे #मोदीजी_शाहीनबाग_कब_आओगे#ShaheenBaghProtest pic.twitter.com/p47rLOLwOr— ALOK|بہت کم موریہ (@ALOKdelhi6) January 18, 2020
On the lines of Delhi' Shaheen Bagh, Around 50 women along with their children squatted near Ghanta Ghar to protest the amended citizenship law and the planned National Register of Citizens (NRC)
Newly appointed Lucknow Police Commissioner Sujit Pandey reached the protest site and tried to persuade the agitators to end the stir, but they refused to budge.
According to the amended law, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014 and facing religious persecution there will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship. The law excludes Muslims.