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Last Updated : Jan 18, 2020 09:30 AM IST | Source: PTI

CAA protest: Cong promises action over baton-charge in Indore

The police, on the other hand, denied that any such incident took place.


As a sit-in against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) continued here for the third day on Friday, the ruling Congress assured that action would be taken against the police officials responsible for alleged baton-charge against the protesters.

The police, on the other hand, denied that any such incident took place.

The sit-in protest is going on against the CAA and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the Muslim-dominated Badwali Chowki area here.

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"I was told that six or seven persons were injured during a baton charge on Thursday night. Chief Minister Kamal Nath has expressed concern about it," state Congress spokesperson Shobha Oza told reporters at the protest site.

"We condemn the use of force on protesters and assure that the incident will be probed and whichever police personnel is found guilty, appropriate action will be taken against," Oza said.

The chief minister had already made it clear that anti-constitutional provisions of the CAA or the NRC will not be implemented in the state, she said.

According to eyewitnesses, heated arguments took place between the police and protesters, following which the police used baton-charge. "The situation in Badwali Chowk remains peaceful," Senior Superintendent of Police Ruchivardhan Mishra told PTI.

Home Minister Bala Bachchan blamed the trouble on "outsiders" who tried to get involved in the protest, and said the police used force to control the situation. A probe has been ordered and action will be taken against those found responsible, he said. The protest at the Jama Masjid ground intensified after Friday prayers with people, many of them carrying the tricolor, shouting slogans against the CAA and the NRC.

Garment trader Samia Ali, one of the protesters, told PTI, "The Centre is pushing the CAA and the NRC to divert people's attention from core issues like economic slowdown, unemployment and inflation.

"CAA should be withdrawn and NRC should never be implemented in the country," Ali said.

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First Published on Jan 18, 2020 09:05 am
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