CAA problem: BSP team meets with the governor of UP, seeks release of jailed protesters

LUCKNOW: A Bahujan Samaj Party On Monday, the delegation met with the governor and requested his intervention for the release of innocent people imprisoned in connection with the protests against the amended citizenship law and the immediate withdrawal of cases against him.

The delegation, headed by party deputy Satish Mishra, delivered a memo to the governor in Raj Bhawan a day after the chief. Mayawati He asked the Uttar Pradesh government to apologize to the people for putting protesters against citizenship law behind bars without thorough investigation.

The BSP has opposed this law which grants citizenship on the basis of religion, making it divisive and unconstitutional ... and had also voted against it in Parliament, the memorandum signed by Mayawati said.

There was widespread opposition to this law throughout the country and in UP there was violence. Previously, the police and the state government considered the protesters the only ones responsible for it and also acted vindictively, putting people in large numbers behind bars. He said.

He claimed that media reports had revealed the attitude of the state government, the police and the administration that had been more barbaric and biased.

The memo said that the BSP demanded a judicial investigation into the incidents of violence and police action, saying that it would expose the real attitude of the UP government and the excesses of the police and administration to the people.

He said the state government should provide justifiable financial assistance to the families of those who died during the protests and demanded that innocent people who were imprisoned be released immediately in addition to withdrawing the cases filed against them.

The BSP's lawsuit came in the context of a local court on Saturday, which granted bail to social activist Sadaf Jafar and former IPS officer S R Darapuri, in addition to 13 others arrested in connection with Lucknow.

In a tweet, Mayawati had said, In Uttar Pradesh, especially in Bijnor, Sambhal, Meerut, Muzzafarnagar, Firozabad, innocent people have been sent to jail for protesting against the CAA/NRC without an investigation. This issue has also been raised by the media and is highly shameful and condemnable.

Accusing the government led by Yogi Adityanath of jailing the protesters of the Citizens Amendment Act without any proper investigation, he had apologized to the public.

Authorities claim that 19 people died in clashes during widespread protests across the state in December, although opposition parties claim more victims.

Around 1,200 people were arrested and 5,558 held in pretrial detention after clashes during the protests, officials said.

The law grants citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, parsis, Buddhists and Christians fleeing the religious persecution of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who arrived in India on December 31, 2014 or earlier. It has been described as discriminatory as the legislation excludes Muslims from three countries.