Protest against the amendments to Citizenship Act continued on Tuesday, in the northeast as well as the rest of the country.
Kerala, which showed a rare unity between UDF and LDF, is gearing up for day-long strike. The hartal has been called by the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) and allied organisations under the aegis of the Joint Action Council. However, the mainstream parties haven’t supported the strike.
The Supreme Court will hear pleas pertaining to police action in Jamia.
Here are the updates:
Guwahati | 3.00 pm
11 NFR trains including Manas Rhino passenger resume service
In a major relief for commuters in Assam and a few neighbouring states, eleven trains, including Manas Rhino passenger, of the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) on Tuesday resumed services, a senior official said.
All passengers and InterCity services of NFR, which were cancelled on December 12 in view of the situation in Assam over the ongoing protests over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), had remained suspended till Monday.
“Eleven train services, including some Intercity services were on Tuesday resumed, as law and order situation has gradually improved in the state,” he said.
“The resumed trains include Manas Rhino passenger, which connects New Bongaigaon in Bongaigaon district to Guwahati, and will benefit especially the office-goers,” NFR’s Chief Public Relations Officer Subhanan Chanda told PTI.
Washington | 2.40 pm
Curb polic brutality or resign: Alumni tell Amit Shah
Joining the protests across campuses in India, more than 400 students and alumni from American institutions — including Harvard, Columbia, Yale, Stanford and Tufts — have expressed their solidarity with students of the Jamia Millia Islamia University and the Aligarh Muslim University who faced a police crackdown over the weekend.
The students and alumni called on Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday and urged him to take immediate steps to curb ‘police brutality or resign’, condemning the violence as a “gross violation of human rights under the Constitution of India and International Human Rights Law”, according to a statement.
Aligarh| 2.20 pm
26 arrested people released, situation improves in AMU
As many as 26 people, including eight students, arrested in connection with the violence at Aligarh Muslim University and surrounding areas have been released even as the situation in the University showed marked signs of improvement on Tuesday, officials said.
SSP, Akash Kulhari, told PTI, “Out of these 26 people arrested from the AMU campus on Sunday night, only 8 are students of AMU, while the rest are outsiders.”
“In view of the tense situation on the AMU campus and surrounding areas we had approached the DM to release the arrested students as a special case and this was done by the administration,” Proctor of AMU Prof Afifullah Khan said.
Lucknow | 2.10 pm
Those indulging in arson are miscreants, not students, says Adityanath
Amid protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) in Lucknow, Mau and Aligarh districts among others, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday instructed the state police force to take “strict action against those who play with law.”
“Those who indulged in arson are not students but ‘upadravi’ (miscreants or unruly elements),” a government spokesperson quoted Mr. Adityanath as saying. He, however, did not mention any particular incident.
The Chief Minister also instructed the police to “keep an eye on those spreading rumours” about the CAA.
New Delhi | 2.00 pm
Peaceful protest outside Jamia varsity
Protests, though much smaller in scale, continued at Jamia Millia Islamia against the Citizenship Amendment Act and proposed National Register of Citizens on Tuesday amid an uneasy calm.
Slogans of “Azaadi from atrocities”, “Awaaz do, Hum ek Hain” (Call us, we are one) and loud claps and cheers pulsated the cold air.
As a few protesters, including women, formed a circle outside the gate number 7, many formed human chains along yellow ropes.
They, however, made sure the movement of traffic was not affected.
Hyderabad | 1.55 pm
March held at MANUU
Expressing solidarity with the students of Jamia Milia and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), theMaulana Azad National Urdu University Teachers’ Association (MANUUTA) on Tuesday took out a peaceful march on the varsity campus.
The MANUUTA also expressed its solidarity with the students of MANUU and other universities protesting against the CAA asserting that it stands against the pluralistic and secular values enshrined in the Constitution.
Canberra | 12.40 pm
Australia asks citizens to exercise ‘high degree of caution’ while travelling to India
The Australian government on Tuesday asked its citizens to exercise “high degree of caution” while travelling to India, which has witnessed violent protests against the amended Citizenship Act.
Last week, the US, the UK, Singapore, Canada and Israel had warned their citizens against travelling to northeast India in view of the violent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
New Delhi | 11.20 am
No bullet fired by police during protests at Jamia, says MHA
No bullet was fired by police during violent protests against the amended Citizenship Act at Jamia Milia Islamia University on Sunday, Home Ministry officials said.
The officials also said that 10 persons with criminal background have been detained in connection with the protests and more anti-social elements are being tracked.
“No bullet was fired by the Delhi Police during protests at Jamia.All 10 persons detained have criminal background. More anti-social elements are being tracked,” the officials said, citing a Delhi Police report.
Kerala | 11.00 am
Kerala hartal: Isolated incidents reported in Malabar region
Isolated incidents involving supporters of the hartal against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) were reported from the Malabar region on December 17.
Incidents of stone-pelting at vehicles were reported in some parts of the region during the hartal called by various organisations, including the Social Democratic Party of India and the Welfare Party of India.
While educational institutions and offices were functioning normally in many parts of the region, shops and commercial establishments remained closed. The road blocks put up by hartal supporters in some parts of the region were removed by the police. The police also acted against supporters who forcibly tried to close down shops.
Meghalaya | 11.00 am
Curfew relaxed in Shillong from 6 am to 7 pm
Curfew was relaxed for 13 hours in Shillong on Tuesday even as the ban on mobile internet services will remain in force, officials said.
The curfew was relaxed from 6 am from areas under Lumdiengjri police station and Sadar police station limits, a statement from the East Khasi Hills district administration said.
Banks, main markets were open and vehicles were plying on the streets. Schools have announced their annual results following which winter vacations have begun in most of the educational institutions.
No report of violence was reported since Monday, the official said.
Kerala | 11.00 am
Hartal poised to disrupt life in Kerala
The general strike called by a cluster of organisations to protest the “anti-Muslim” provisions of the Citizen (Amendment) Act seemed poised to disrupt life in some measure in Kerala on December 17.
Initial reports of restiveness, minor street confrontations between demonstrators and police and attacks on public transport buses have trickled in from Kasargod, Kannur, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad, Alappuzha and Thiruvananthapuram.
Delhi | 10.00 am
10 arrested for Jamia protests, none are students
Ten persons have been arrested in connection with rioting cases registered by the Delhi police after clashes broke out between protesters and the force around the Jamia Millia Islamia University area on Sunday.
Delhi police spokesperson Anil Mittal confirmed the development.
Kerala | 9:30 am
KSRTC runs services even as protesters damage a dozen buses
The State-owned Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is operating services on Tuesday as per schedule despite incidents of stone-pelting by supporters of the dawn-to-dusk hartal called to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
Over a dozen buses of the KSRTC fleet had been damaged in stone-pelting since the early hours of the day. The Munnar-bound super deluxe bus was attacked at Aluva in Ernakulam district around 4 a.m. although the hartal called by the Social Democratic Party of India and other organisations commenced only at 6 am. No one was injured in the incident.
SC to hear pleas today
The Supreme Court, which agreed to hear on Tuesday pleas alleging police atrocities on students holding protests against the Act at Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia, said it would not hear this issue in an atmosphere of violence. “The only thing we want is that the violence must stop,” said a Bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde.
Speaking at a joint Opposition press conference, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury demanded an inquiry by a Supreme Court judge into the Jamia incident. “Whoever gave the permission for the police to enter the Jamia campus should be brought to book and punished,” he said.
He said it was not a Hindu-Muslim issue and could not be linked to religion, and asked the people not to fall prey to rumours as the Act was an affront to the Constitution.