Lucknow, March 19 (IANS) The Lucknow police made an abortive attempt on Thursday to get the Clock Tower vacated by anti-CAA protesters.
A large contingent of policemen reach the Clock Tower on Thursday afternoon and tried to make the women leave the site.
Anti-CAA protests have been continuing at the Clock Tower since January 17 and the police has made several unsuccessful attempts to make the protesters move away from the place.
The police, on Thursday, first tried to convince the protesters about the Corona scare and vacate the site but the women did not budge.
The cops then pulled away the tarpaulin and the bedsheets on which the women were sitting. This left to scuffles and tension rose appreciably.
As the crowds swelled, the cops were forced to beat a hasty retreat. The police told the protesters that the entry of ‘outsiders’ and men would not be allowed henceforth.
Meanwhile, talking to IANS, Rehana, a protester, said, “The cops misbehaved with us. They pulled the bedsheets with women sitting on them. Three women fainted during this scuffle. We will not give up the protest until our demands are met. As for coronavirus, we are not afraid of it – we have survived for two months and our spirits are still not flagging.”