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12 people arrested for protests against CAA

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Mangaluru: The Mangaluru Police has confirmed arrest of 12 people for their alleged role in the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in the city on December 19. During the protests, police firing killed two people prompting a curfew and a shutdown of mobile internet services for 48 hours in the Dakshina Kannada district.

It is ten days after the incident, the police revealing the identities of 12 people who were arrested. All 12 people are from Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts, and are aged between 20 and 32.

Mohammed Azhar (22) from Manjanade, Thanjil (20) from Thokottu, Aryan (30) from BC Road, Naajim (24) from Bantwal, Ashiq (21) from Shirva, Anwar Hussain (23) from Bajpe, Mohammed Iqbal (27) and Mohammed Farooq (32) from Adyar, Abdul Hafeez (20) from Panjimogaru, Mohammed Fayaz (27) and Khalandar Bhasha (30) from Kaavoor, and Nasseruddin (32) from Kunjathbail, were arrested on various charges that include rioting, grievously hurting a civil servant and attempt to murder.

The pattern of the arrests so far contradicts claims that people from Kerala instigated the violence in Mangaluru. Earlier, Udupi-Chikkamagaluru MP Shoba Karandlaje, had said that people from Kerala had instigated the violent protests in Mangaluru. She alleged that the locals suggested that the youths from Kerala had come to protest and Popular Front of India (PFI) and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) activists wanted to do the protests in Mangaluru.

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