Protest by women and children against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act at the historical Hussainabad Clock Tower in Lucknow’s Old City area continued for the fourth day on Monday with the crowd growing by the day and the protesters refusing to end the protest till their demand for withdrawal of the new citizenship law was met.
On Monday, the protesters demanded that Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who will visit Lucknow on Tuesday to address a pro-CAA rally, visit the Clock Tower and tell the women about the benefits of the CAA.
However, after reports of police allegedly snatching blankets and food for protesters on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday nights passed off peacefully without any incident.
The Lucknow Police have however denied the allegation.
Meanwhile, large quantity of food items, including fruits and others things, were brought by several people to be distributed among the women sitting on dharna with around 50 volunteers, mostly school girls, managing the crowd.
On Monday, the protesters continued their protest by waving national flag and placards and raising patriotic slogans.
A dispute arose when a woman suddenly started chanting ‘Yogi Adityanath zindabad’. It was vehemently objected to by others.
She was immediately removed from the protest site even as she reasoned that their demands could only be met by the chief minister and hence she raised the slogan in support of Yogi Adityanath.
On Saturday too, two women had raised pro-Pakistani slogans and were promptly chased away from the venue.
Police personnel have been deployed to prevent any untoward incident but the protesters are being prevented from lighting up bonfires.
A senior police officer said on Monday that any violation of law by the protesters would be dealt with sternly.
A protester and Samajwadi Party activist Pooja Shukla told the media on Monday that Union Home Minister Amit Shah during his Lucknow visit on Tuesday should visit the protest site to clarify and clear apprehensions of Muslim women on the CAA.
Another activist Seema Rana said that the protest was spontaneous and a large number of women along with their children had joined the dharna against the CAA.
“We are making arrangements of food and other essentials including medicines for them,” she added.
A protester claimed that lights were switched off and public toilets in the area were locked, yet people kept coming with blankets and food and offered their toilets for use.
She further said, “People of different political ideologies are here, it is a people’s movement where a new leadership will emerge. The protesters feel that the CAA has been brought to ‘attack’ Muslim religious sentiments and National Register of Citizens will again bring the people in queues. This law is
an effort to break the cordial relationship between Hindu and Muslim”