Section 144 to be imposed in Bengaluru and other parts of Karnataka from ThursdayThe orders come ahead of fresh protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which were set to be held on Thursday.

Prohibitory orders under Section 144 have been imposed in Karnataka including in the capital city of Bengaluru.

“Section 144 will be imposed for the next three days. Starting 6 am on Thursday till midnight on December 21,” Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao told TNM.

The orders come ahead of fresh protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which were set to be held on Thursday. 

“It is just a precautionary measure as we did not want violence,” Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai told TNM.

Prohibitory orders under section 144 prohibits assembly of five or more people, holding of public meetings, and carrying of firearms

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A series of protests happened in Bengaluru with Tuesday’s protest by students marking the third consecutive day of protests in the city. The protests intensified following the police action on students of Jamia Milia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University on Sunday.

The decision comes after Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao said that ‘sit-down protests’ will be allowed in the city under certain conditions. He had indicated that students should not take to the streets to protest. 

Earlier on Wednesday, Bhaskar Rao had stated that the police would allow sit-in protests but not allow marches or rallies. He had also stated that he was not happy with protests erupting in Bengaluru due to violence that took place in other states. 

At least two protests were planned in Bengaluru on Thursday and one on Friday.  On Thursday, a protest is planned to be held at Town Hall at 11 am under the banner of ”Hum Bharat ke Log”, which is supported by NGOs, citizen groups and the major opposition parties, including the Congress and the NCP. Left-parties including CPI(M), CPI and CPI(ML) also plan to hold an agitation against NRC and CAA at Mysore Bank Circle at 11 am. On Friday, students from various colleges in Bengaluru plan to hold a second protest at 5 pm at Town Hall. 

Organisers of Thursday’s protest at Town Hall stated that they intend to go ahead with the protest despite prohibitory orders in place. 

Several messages were being circulated on the social media asking people to gather in large numbers for a protest on December 20 and 23 but the police have not received any application seeking permission to organise the protests, he said without elaborating on who had given the call.

“We have approached the concerned persons such as the Khazi… He has clarified that no such programmes are planned as of now,” Harsha told reporters.

The Commissioner said so far the police have received six to seven applications for which law and order assessment was done and permission given to hold protest.

“Two days ago, we have detained 38 activists for protesting and violating Karnataka Police Act as no permission was sought for the protest,” he said.

Those who want to express their opinions in the form of protests or rallies, can apply for permission at the local police station, he added.

With regard to protests on December 20 and 23, he said if someone “spreads such rumours and provokes people to join the protest, stringent action will be taken against such individuals or groups.

Earlier on Wednesday, prohibitory orders under section 144 were imposed in Mangaluru starting at 9 pm on Wednesday night until midnight on Friday.