LUCKNOW: A total of 1,113 have been arrested in different parts of the state in connection with the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests which turned violent in Uttar Pradesh, according to the police on Thursday.
"A total of 1,113 people were arrested in connection with the riots and preventive action was taken against 5,558 others during the anti-CAA protest," the statement by UP police read.
The statement added that a total of 327 FIRs were lodged in connection with the protests and 19 people had lost their lives in violence over the issue. "288 policemen were injured, and 61 of them had received bullet injuries during the protests," it added.
The police have also seized 35 country-made pistols, 69 live rounds and 647 shells from the locations of protest. The law enforcement agency also acted tough against internet users who posted 'inciting content' during the course of protests on social media.
"124 people arrested for posting inciting content on social media. 93 FIRs registered. Action was taken on 19409 social media posts. 9372 Twitter, 9856 Facebook, and 181 YouTube profiles blocked," the statement said.
Meanwhile, security was beefed up and patrolling intensified in Uttar Pradesh to ensure peace ahead of the Friday prayers. Also, the process to confiscate property of those involved in damaging public assets during the protests gained momentum with 372 persons being served notices in different districts.
Protests erupted in several parts of the country last week, including Uttar Pradesh, over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, which grants citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis, Buddhists, and Christians fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh who came to India on or before December 31, 2014.
Section-144, prohibiting the assembly of more than four people in an area, was imposed in various parts of the state in view of the law and order situation.
(With inputs from PTI)