Organisers on Tuesday referred to as off the ‘Occupy Gateway’ protest in Mumbai in opposition to the mob assault in Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) hours after they have been shifted to Azad Maidan via the police but said their agitation will continue.
The Occupy Gateway protest at the iconic Gateway of India had kicked off hours after students and teachers were attacked in JNU on Sunday night with the aid of a masked mob, which went on a rampaging spree for greater than two hours.
“Our two-day protests have sent the required message across the country on our resistance in the direction of the current scenario in the country. It is exceptional that we had been capable to occupy Gateway for 40 hours and we have been successful,” they said in a statement.
“We (protesters) do not intend to get returned to Gateway and will adhere to police orders. We request other protesters now not to go to Gateway. We will comply with constitutional, democratic strategies of peaceful protest till CAA, NRC, NPR are withdrawn,” they said.
Around 50 people, taking phase in the Occupy Gateway protest, have been pushed into three police vans from backyard the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai formerly in the day and taken to Azad Maidan, which is the default protest vicinity for Mumbai, two kilometres away.
“It is our request that you pass to Azad Maidan from Gateway of India due to the fact the crowd thronging at this location is inflicting unrest on the roads main to traffic and issues to the frequent man,” deputy commissioner of police (Zone VI), Sangramsing Pratapsinh Nishandar, said.
“We had already informed your organisers that as per excessive court suggestions there cannot be any agitation outdoor Azad Maidan. We are in no way against your peaceable protest. We just choose to relocate the motion to Azad Maidan,” Nishandar said.
When requested whether the protesters will be allowed to go back to Gateway of India, Nishandar did no longer respond.
The protesters were saved at Azad Maidan with a ring of police personnel around them.
Some of them stated they have been manhandled by way of the police.
“We had fashioned a core committee to streamline the protests at Gateway and the committee has been current at the spot considering that January 6 midnight. The police refused to talk about when we resisted moving to Azad Maidan, dragged some of us by our foot into the police van,” Urvashi Chudawalla, a scholar at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), said.
“I in my opinion was once hit on my leg and lower back by means of a lathi because the policewomen had been now not able to physically elevate me,” the 22-year-old said.
Another protester, Varsha Rohani, said she was once lifted inappropriately by the policewomen.
“My clothes were lifted while being pushed into the van and no dignity used to be maintained. Protesters were peacefully listening to the police,” the 24-year-old marketing expert said.
“We were just attempting to bring to the force that Gateway of India has extra electricity to mobilise the motion and get the right attention to trigger action as compared to Azad Maidan, which is a closed restricted premise,” she said.
Students, teachers, researchers, celebrities, activists and citizens took to the streets in Mumbai, condemning the attack on JNU. There have been flash protests at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) and a candle-lit vigil used to be also announced at Gateway.
Hundreds gathered at Gateway, consisting of a group of college students from TISS and a few celebrities like actor-director Konkona Sen Sharma and former JNU pupil leader Umar Khalid.
The protesters’ demands encompass an impartial and immediately inquiry into the assaults in JNU, strict action in opposition to these found guilty and resignations of JNU vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar and the Union home minister Amit Shah.