Anti-CAA protests: 1,113 arrests, 5,558 preventive detentions, 19 dead in UP

A total of 327 FIRs have been lodged so far

December 26, 2019 05:31 pm | Updated 08:24 pm IST - LUCKNOW

Police detain a demonstrator during a protest against a new citizenship law, in front of Uttar Pradesh state bhawan (building) in New Delhi.

Police detain a demonstrator during a protest against a new citizenship law, in front of Uttar Pradesh state bhawan (building) in New Delhi.

Nineteen persons have died in Uttar Pradesh since December 10 during the violence in the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, the State police said on Thursday. 

The police have also arrested 1,113 persons and detained another 5,558 others under preventive custody over the protests.

A total of 327 FIRs have been lodged so far. 

Issuing an official statement, the State police, which had been silent on the rising death toll over the past few days, also said that 288 policemen were injured in the violence, arson and vandalism. Out of these, 61 received firearm injuries.

The UP police also claims to have found 647 shells of .315 bore and .12 bore weapons, 69 live cartridges, and 35 illegal country pistols from the protest sites. 

A police pistol was snatched by protesters in Sambhal on December 20, the police said.  

DGP O.P Singh has ordered an SIT to be headed by SP Crime or Additional SP rank officer to probe the cases.  

"The law and order situation in the entire state is under control," the police said. 

The police have also arrested 124 persons and lodged 93 FIRs for "objectionable posts, rumours and messages" posted on social media on CAA.

The State police also said that it had initiated the legal process to identify vandals and confiscate their property as compensation for damage to public and private property.

This comes in the background of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath promising to take "revenge" against those who damaged property during the protests by seizing their property and auctioning it.

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