100 activists from Bhim Army, Bahujan Kranti Morcha, Rashtriya Muslim Morcha and other organisations
Human Rights Defenders
HRDA has issued an urgent appeal to the National Human Rights Commission of India on February 17, 2020 regarding the brutal lathi-charge, ill-treatment and fabricated cases against activists who were part of a peaceful protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Udaipur.
On February 2, 2020 Udaipur police lathi-charged on a peaceful protest against CAA comprising activists from organisations like Bahujan Kranti Morcha, Udaipur, Bhim Army, Jantantrik Vichar Manch, Rashtriya Muslim Morcha, Udaipur Muslim Youth and Rashtriya Atyachar Nivaran. Police arrested 100 activists and charged them with rioting, participation in unlawful activities, assaulting public servant, damaging public property and causing injury to people. The activists were charged in three separate FIRs lodged in Hathipol, Bhupalpura and in Suraj Pol police stations in Udaipur district. The Hathi police station FIR named 5-10 accused and charged them under Sections 452, 336, 427, 384 and 143 of the IPC; the Suraj Pol police station FIR, which named 41 known and other unknown accused, charged them under Sections 143, 149, 186, 188, 283 of the IPC; whereas the Bhupal Pura police station FIR was against 46 accused, under Sections 332, 353, 147, 149, 336 and 504 of the IPC. Rajasthan police personnel abused and vilified the human rights defenders, including for their religion, and used excessive force to remove protesters.