MUMBAI: Organisers of Shaheen Bagh-like protest in Mumbai have been booked by police. Nearly 300 people, mostly women, who participated in the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) protests at Nagpada in central Mumbai for the past two weeks have been booked, confirmed an official.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) assistant commissioner filed a complaint at the Nagpada police station.
BMC said that they were not able to carry out construction work on the Morland Road as the anti-CAA-NRC protesters had set up a stage and put chairs on the road. The protestors also obstructed traffic and movement in the area.
The protestors and organisers have been booked under Indian Penal Code Sections 341 for wrongful restraint, 34 which penalises acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention and sections 313, 314 of the BMC Act
Controversial CAA conjured protests across India and the most notable one is at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, which saw the participation of women. Shaheen Bagh protests inspired similar ones in India including the protest on Morland Road at Nagpada since Republic Day.
Amended citizenship law will give Indian citizenship to illegal immigrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh if they belong to Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Parsi, Jain or Buddhist community and if they have been living in India since 2014.
CAA faced criticisms for excluding Muslims and when clubbed with NRC, will help in filtering out illegal Muslim immigrants who will be detained or deported.
Women took part in the protests expressing that most of their lives are tied to men (husband or father) and they can't prove their citizenship. Most of them don't have properties to prove their ancestry.
Activists, journalists and celebrities from other parts of the city and various fields took part in the protests.