Hyderabad top cop says Shaheen Bagh-type sit-in will not be allowed, warns of action if public inconvenienced

Amid continuing anti-CAA protests in parts of the country, Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar on Saturday said no Shaheen Bagh type stir would be allowed in the city

Press Trust of India February 22, 2020 21:17:28 IST
Hyderabad top cop says Shaheen Bagh-type sit-in will not be allowed, warns of  action if public inconvenienced
  • Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar said that the city police will take legal action if the common public is put to inconvenience

  • The top cop said that nothing like Shaheen Bagh protests will be allowed in Hyderabad and that it's impossible

  • Additional Commissioner of Police, (Law & Order) DS Chauhan said right to protest does not mean right to continued protests every day

Hyderabad: Amid continuing anti-CAA protests in parts of the country, Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar on Saturday said no Shaheen Bagh type stir would be allowed in the city.

The top cop requested political parties and others to apply for permission as per the proper procedure for holding protests.

Hyderabad top cop says Shaheen Baghtype sitin will not be allowed warns of  action if public inconvenienced

File image of Hyderabad City police commissioner Anjani Kumar. Twitter@CPHydCity

"There is no Shaheen Bagh like incident in Hyderabad. Do not compare Hyderabad with places where all these negative things are happening. Nothing like Shaheen Bagh will be allowed in Hyderabad..impossible," Anjani Kumar told reporters.

The Hyderabad Police will take legal action if the common public is put to inconvenience, he reiterated.

Political protests are important but law and order is more important, Kumar said, adding, Hyderabad city has seen more than 200 protests/rallies (anti-Citizenship Amendment Act and also pro-CAA).

During such protests at other places in the country, there have been burning of vehicles, firing, people sitting for a month on dharna, but in Hyderabad, such things are not happening, he said.

It is only because Hyderabad Police are concerned about safety, security and comfort of the common public, he said.

"...At every place, if you want to sit on dharna then it will cause inconvenience to the common public and hence we have taken legal action and booked cases pertaining to some places where the protests were held," he said.

"If there is denial (for permission for holding protests) there are reasons. Some vested interests have approached courts and the court has given guidelines and court guidelines are supreme. Whatever conditions we are putting it is as per judgment of High Court," the police chief said.

Reacting to a query, Additional Commissioner of Police, (Law & Order) DS Chauhan said right to protest does not mean right to continued protests every day.

At Shaheen Bagh in New Delhi, protesters have been on a sit-in against the new citizenship law for over two months.

Two interlocutors were appointed by the Supreme Court to initiate talks with the protesters.

Protests have also been organised in different parts of the city by different organisations including political parties against the CAA, National Register of Citizens and National Population Register.

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