CAA protests: Congress demands Rs 50 lakh for UP Police firing victims

Upping the ante against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the police action against protesters, Congress has written to Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel demanding an ex-gratia of Rs 50 lakh each to the family of protesters killed in police firing.

The party has also demanded a government job for a family member of the victims, apart from Rs 5 lakh to the injured along with free medical care.

In a letter to the governor, Congress’ UP unit president Ajay Kumar Lallu also urged that a High Court judge probe the incidents of violence across the state over CAA.

Lallu claimed more than two dozen people had died in the police firing in UP, hundreds had been injured and thousands had been rounded up and sent to jail.

He noted the protests by the public, including students, intellectuals, social organisations etc were always peaceful. However, they turned violent after the police allegedly tried to suppress their voices under instructions from their political masters.