In a first, Bengal govt enforces Section 144 to stop BJP's pro-CAA rallies
In a first since the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) triggered a series of protest, including a few violent ones, the state police have enforced prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Act (CrPC) to stop the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from holding two back-to-back rallies since Sunday.
Cases have also been registered against BJP leaders for violating the orders. Both incidents have taken place in the north Bengal region where the BJP wrested all the Lok Sabha seats from the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) in 2019, taking the party's tally from two seats in Bengal to 18. Of the state's 42 Lok Sabha seats, TMC won 22, mostly in south Bengal.