Bengaluru: Curfew was imposed in parts of Mangaluru and Section 144 in parts of Bengaluru as violence over the Citizens Amendment Act spread to Karnataka.
Even before violence spread in communally sensitive areas in Mangaluru, the police acted swiftly and imposed curfew in three pockets.
But other cities and towns in Karnataka and campuses remained peaceful.
In Bengaluru, noted historian Ramachandra Guha was dragged away bodily by a group of policemen while talking to the media and pushed into a bus that was driving off with detained protesters.
While there was Section 144 in Bengaluru, the police had allocated a part of area near the Town Hall for the protesters. But the protesters spilled over to other areas forcing the police to detain many.
As he was being arrested, Guha said: “The police are working under directions from central government. We are protesting non-violently against a discriminatory act, in a disciplined way. Look here, everyone is protesting peacefully. Have you seen any violence?”
“I will continue to write, speak my mind about the values enshrined in our constitution. I will continue to protest against discriminatory laws. I will continue to oppose Hindutva with every fiber in my being but non-violently,” he added.
Bengaluru police chief Bhaskar Rao appealed to people of the city to not “mar daily life” in “an international destination where people had come from parts of the country and world to study and do economic activities”.
Around 30 protesters demonstrating with flags and placards were detained and hauled into buses by policemen in riot gear. A senior police officer was also seen taking away the flags from protestors.
Defending the decision to impose restrictions in Bengaluru, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa blamed the Congress. “The Congress is behind protests against CAA. Taking care of Muslims is our responsibility. Request all to maintain peace. If Congress leaders continue to support protests then they’ll face consequences,” he said.