Section 144 imposed in Bengaluru till Dec 21 over Citizenship Act protests

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Section 144 has been imposed in Bengaluru for the next three days starting Thursday after Left-wing and Muslim organisations called for a day-long bandh to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act on Thursday.

“Section 144 to be imposed throughout Bengaluru, including Rural district, from tomorrow 6 am for the next 3 days,” said Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao.

Section 144 bans the gatherings of four or more persons. It has also been imposed in parts of the state including the capital city, police officials said on Wednesday.

DCP Kalaburagi said that all schools and colleges will remain closed on December 19. While Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao said, “Section 144 to be imposed throughout Bengaluru including Rural district from tomorrow 6 am for the next 3 days”.

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Protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act were happening without permission… There has been stone-throwing during processions that has injured people and damaged property. So we have taken a decision to not allow this. From 6 am tomorrow to midnight December 21, there will be prohibitory orders in Bengaluru. No procession or rally will be allowed,” Rao said at a news briefing.

Massive protests have erupted in various parts of the country against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 which grants citizenship to non-Muslims of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh who fled religious persecution and arrived in India until December 31, 2014.

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