Back in UP, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad takes on state govt over CAA ‘killings’
Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad on Sunday met with the family members of five people who were killed during a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut . Since the leader was denied permission to visit their houses, he met them at a public place.
Azad alleged the family members narrated horrific tales of police atrocities during the interaction and accused the UP police of opening fire on people during the protest.
“Cops had killed people during protest against the CAA and stern action should be taken against the guilty policemen,” he said. Azad also said the Bhim Army has moved the high court over the matter, which would hear it on January 23.
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The Dalit leader, speaking to the media, alleged that the situation was not so bad in the state even in the aftermath of Babri mosque demolition and abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. The killings during the anti-CAA protests indicated that the government’s intention was not good, he added.
The Bhim Army chief, who was sent to judicial custody on December 21, for organising a march from Jama Masjid to Jantar Mantar in Delhi against the CAA on December last year without police permission, was granted bail on Wednesday. Azad was granted bail on the condition that he would not visit Delhi for the next four weeks, except for medical treatment, and would not be involved in any protests during this period.
Accusing the government of misleading the people on the CAA and NRC, Azad said they would adversely affect the unity and communal harmony in the country and demanded that PM Narendra Modi should immediately announce the newly amended Citizenship Act’s rollback.
Replying to a question, Azad said the law should be the same for everyone and asked why was he stopped from reaching out to the people for explaining the CAA and NRC even as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was getting permission to hold rallies and conduct programmes.