A group of anti-CAA protestors, who have been on a sit-in at Gandhi Park in south Delhi's Hauz Rani for the last one month, took out a march towards the main road on Sunday, 23 February 2020.
However, the protesters maintained that it was peaceful. "There was a stampede-like situation when the police suddenly started lathi-charging, injuring many women and children," said Najma, a protester at Hauz Rani.
Sources told The Quint that the protesters were marching peacefully when the police force lathi-charged. Women protesters further mentioned that due to the stampede children, women were also hurt. However, the police have refuted the charge the DCP said that they will look into the lathicharge allegations. .
Shawariya Muzaffar, a law student at Jamia Hamdard University, claimed they had blocked a part of the road, protesting against the CAA. "The police lathi-charged with little concern for women and children," she said.
Meanwhile, the protesters have said close to 70 people were injured after police lathi-charged to disperse the crowd. On the other hand, the cops has said 37 of its personnel were injured as many protesters physically abused them. The police have filed an FIR on numerous protesters.
"Police personnel on duty showed extreme restraint and perseverance in front of the sustained abuses and ensured highest standards of professionalism," the DCP said.