UP Police Say 57 Cops Had Bullet Injuries In Clashes. But Only One Found

UP Police Say 57 Cops Had Bullet Injuries In Clashes. But Only One Found

The state police provided the number of personnel injured in each district, but did not disclose names or related information.

EC News Desk

By Faheem Usmani

Lucknow, January 4, 2020: The Citizenship Amendment Act protests, also known as the anti-CAA and anti-NRC protests, are a series of ongoing protests in India, against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which was enacted into law on 12 December 2019, and against proposals to enact a nationwide National Ragister of Citizens (NRC). 

The Amendment  benefits Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddist, Christian and Parsi refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh who south refuge in India before 2015; the Amendment leaves Muslims and others from these countries, as well as Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka, Rohingyas from Myanmar and Buddgist refugees from Tibet.

This act broke out a series of protests all over the country in which some turned to be violent particularly in UP. As many as 21 people were killed in violent protests that broke out against the CAA in Uttar Pradesh last month. While many of them died of bullet injuries. The state police have owned up to firing in just one instance in the western district of Bijnor.

However, the police – which have been accused of countering the protests with excessive force and high-handedness – say that they were under fire too. The Uttar Pradesh government claims that about 300 police personnel were injured, of whom 57 suffered bullet injuries. But when asked for details of the policemen with gunshot wounds, the police top brass didn't seem as forthcoming.

NDTV tried to make a comprehensive report on the same issue but could not, as it was not provided with due information about the personnels bore bullet injuries. It managed to trace one of the few policemen in Muzaffarnagar –Superintendent of Police Satpal Anit, who still walks around with a bandaged foot. When approached, he showed a photograph of what appears to be a bullet wound. “I was with my team at Meenakshi Chowk on December 20 when I was hit. I couldn’t understand what happened at the time, only that I was bleeding a lot”, he said. NDTV reports.

While Uttar Pradesh police did not conduct a separate investigation into Mr Antil's shooting, they have filed a case of attempted murder against more than 200 protesters. A protester was also killed in Muzaffarnagar that day, allegedly in police firing.

However, barring this instance, attempts to get details of policemen with bullet injuries has proved challenging. PV Rama Sastry, a top police officer in the state, said they have a list of everybody with bullet injuries but suggested that NDTV get in touch with district-level police officers for the information. When NDTV contacted the police chiefs of some of Uttar Pradesh's worst-hit districts, they provided the number of those injured but little else.

None of this information, however, had any details to go with it.

The Citizenship Amendment Act, for the first time, makes religion the test of citizenship in India. The government says it will help minorities from three Muslim-dominated countries to get citizenship if they fled to India before 2015 because of religious persecution. Critics say it is designed to discriminate against Muslims and violates the secular principles of the Constitution.

(Source NDTV)