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Kerala: 46 Booked for Anti-CAA Protests; Activists Accuse Govt of ‘Double Standards’

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New Delhi: The Kerala government booked 46 people on Tuesday (February 16), for taking part in protests against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in February 2019, despite the fact that the Pinarayi Vijayan government had assured earlier that no action would be initiated against the protestors.

According to a report by The News Minute, the Kozhikode Town police issued summons to 46 political, cultural and religious leaders in Kerala, who expressed solidarity for the protests in 2019. Among those who received summons are prominent activists and leaders of the state, including K.K. Baburaj, T.T. Sreekumar, J. Devika, N.P. Chekutty, Nasar Faisy Koodathai and late T. Peter.

The summons are based on a case registered at Kozhikode Town police station for a protest held on February 17, 2019, ordering protestors to appear before the Kozhikode First Class Judicial Magistrate Court. Among those who received summons are also those who did not physically present at the protests on the said day but expressed solidarity with protesting groups.

Sections 109 (abetment), 143 (member of unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 283 (danger or obstruction in public way or line of navigation) and 149 (member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence commit­ted in prosecution of common object) of the Indian Penal Code have been filed against the protestors.

While the Kerala Police maintain that cases were filed because the protestors did not seek permission for their demonstrations a week prior, as mandated by the Kerala high court, protestors accuse “double standards” on the part of the government, the news portal said in another report. The protestors say although they did apply for permission in time, the authorities did not grant it, and question why it was not granted.


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