UP: more than 600 people, including AMU students, reserved for violating prohibitive orders and blocking roads

AGRA: More than 600 people, including three identified students from (AMU), were hired by Aligarh police on Friday night for allegedly violating the ban order and blocking a nearby road, where women have been protesting for the past days.

Police said a group of people led by the former union vice president arrived in Eidgah in the Shahjamal area and began shouting slogans against CAA and NRC. When the group was asked to end the protest, since they had no permission, they began shouting slogans aloud. Rather, it supposedly prompted women protesting to do so, police said.

While police claimed that Rather was wearing a burqa and mixed with the crowd to evade arrest, the latter refuted the accusations. Rather said: I went to the Dharna site to help the protesting women, who were sitting in the open area and demanding quilts and tents. He said he also wrote a letter to SP (crime) and SP (city) demanding the same.

Meanwhile, the former said he was surprised to know about the FIR against him, since he was not vitiating the peaceful protest in the Shahjamal area in any way.

The FIR, against Rather, two law school students and 600 unidentified persons enrolled in sections 147 (riots), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant), 283 (danger or obstruction on public roads ) and 341 (unlawful restriction) of IPC with the Delhi Gate Police Station.