Bengaluru's Bilal Bagh women launch hunger strike

deccan chronicle  | Aksheev Thakur

Nation, Politics

Anti-CAA protesters want chief minister Yediyurappa to meet them

Two anti-CAA protesters, Amreen (right) and Warsi (left), have begun a hunger strike at Bilal Bagh in Bengaluru.

Bengaluru: With Shaheen Bagh style protests spreading to the south, the women agitators protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) at Bilal Bagh here decided to up the ante last night.

Two women agitators, Amreen and Warsi, began a hunger strike at the protest tent. They began the protest intending to fast for 48 hours but this afternoon decided to make it indefinite.

As reports came in of anti-CAA protests intensifying with the arrest of a poet-journalist Siraj Bisaralli, the protest venue at Bilal Bagh began to acquire an edge today. 

One of the volunteers at Bilal Bagh, Saqib Idrees, said today, “They have not had a drop of water. They want chief minister Yediyurappa to address them. Nobody from the government has spoken to us.”

The strike was planned for 48 hours but has gone on for 12 days now. Idrees said the protest numbers are only swelling. “Every day we are getting prominent speakers to talk to us. Seeing Amreen and Warsi, more will join us.”