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Bhopal youth’s unique protest on CAA, NRC: Stand 10 meters apart with placards

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BHOPAL: A group of young people from Bhopal staged an unique protest against Citizenship (Amendment) Act and National Register of Citizens (NRC) on the VIP Road on the bank of Upper Lake as they stood at a distance of 10 meters from each other on the footpath of the road, holding placards with protest slogans.

The youth stood silently, alone or in pairs for more than an hour on the cold night, attracting attention of the passersby to their protest.

Bhopal, like many other districts of Madhya Pradesh is under section 144, which prohibits gathering or demonstration. The youngsters, most of them students and young professionals thus hit upon the unique idea of protesting without violating the law.

Sana Azhar, a postgraduate student, said “The CAA is against the constitution and we want to uphold the values of the country. We are also protesting the barbaric police action on the students of Jamia Millia university in Delhi and the Aligarh Muslim University. We decided to do it peacefully and in a legal manner.”

Another protesting student Amir said that the Bhopal youth were strongly against any violence and wanted to protest peacefully and within purview of law, so they decided to stand apart with their messages on their placards so as to not defy the section 144.