Bangalore: The general public on Church Street in Bengaluru’s central business district was surprised on Tuesday by graffiti against the Anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the Anti-National Register of Citizens (NRC), which were affixed to the walls of an abandoned building in the area.
On the walls were painted, among other things, “No CAA, No NRC”, “I will not show my papers”, “Detention Camps”. Slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Interior Minister of the Amit Shah union and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were also discovered. There was also a “Free Kashmir” graffiti.
The police were quickly on site.
The graffiti came a day after Shah warned strict measures against anyone who raised anti-India slogans.
“We were only informed about it and we are not sure who could have done it,” said a local police officer, asking not to be named.
The shutters on the walls of the former Shrungar Plaza were already covered with graffiti before this incident. It is a popular place for teenagers who often shoot clicking pictures, selfies and sometimes even amateur music and dance videos.
“This area is under video surveillance,” says a sign on a lamp post in Church Street, but there are no cameras above it.
A message was recently delivered to a girl in Mysuru after being spotted with a poster by Free Kashmir at a rally against CAA-NRC.
In Bengaluru, among others, there were protests against the controversial law and the NRC exercise. Although the protests against the law have taken violent turns in other parts of the country, they have been largely peaceful in Bengaluru.