BJP leader beaten up in UP’s Amroha while explaining benefits of CAA, NRC

BJP leader beaten up in UP’s Amroha while explaining benefits of CAA, NRC

EC News Desk

Amroha, December 30, 2019: A Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, who was trying to explain the benefits of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Amroha district was beaten up by locals.

The BJP leader had to flee from the spot.

According to reports, Murtaza Agha Qazmi, the district general secretary of the party's minority wing, was allegedly heckled and then thrashed at Lakada Mohalla in Amroha on Friday.

The BJP's minority wing has been trying to hold programmes for informing the people that "CAA and NRC will not take away the rights and citizenship of Muslims living in India, and they should refrain from protesting against the Act.

An FIR has been filed against Raza Ali. Vipin Tada, superintendent of police (SP), Amroha, confirmed that a case has been filed against the accused and he has been arrested. 

Owing to last week’s violent protest, the police in Amroha are on high alert.

Mega protests have rocked the country ever since the contentious CAA was passed by Parliament on December 11. The protests took a violent turn and several people lost their lives across the country. The CAA seeks to grant citizenship to the members of six communities namely Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian who fled to India till December 31, 2014, from three neighbouring countries namely Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh fearing religious persecution. 

Many opposition parties, civil society activists and students have regarded the legislation to be biased and unconstitutional, saying that it is against the principles of secularism and equality enshrined in the Indian constitution. They allege that the Act is aimed at targeting members of one specific community.

(With inputs from IANS)