Protests continue outside Jamia
On the second consecutive day of protests demonstrators, including students and local residents, converged outside Jamia Millia Islamia University with tricolour and placards on Tuesday to continue their demonstration against the Citizenship Amended Act and National Register of Citizens. Braving freezing cold, they took out small marches outside the varsity, shouting slogans against the government. They, however, made sure the movement of traffic was not affected. A few students said though many of their classmates have gone back home, they have decided to stay put and fight till the amendments in the Citizenship Act are withdrawn.
Delhi Police sends initial report on Jamia violence to MHA, reports India Today
The Delhi Police has reportedly submitted a preliminary report on the 15 December violence in Jamia campus to the Ministry of Home Affairs. The police had earlier claimed that its personnel did not fire even a single shot on the protesters, even as doctors at the state-run Safdarjung Hospital reported treating at least two victims with bullet injuries.
MHA says Delhi Police fired no bullets in action against Jamia protesters
Ministry of Home Affairs Sources: No bullets fired from Delhi Police during Jamia protest. All 10 persons detained have criminal background. More anti-social elements being tracked. pic.twitter.com/y6dkULIn7X
— ANI (@ANI) December 17, 2019
Railways says it lost over 250 cr in vandalism during anti-CAA protests
The Indian Railways declared that property worth at least 250 crores has been destroyed in vandalism in the state during the anti-Citizesnhip Amendment Act protests. The East railways has faced a loss of Rs 8 crores. While the South East railways has faced Rs 16 crores loss due to the bandh and rail roko events. In the Eastern Railway at least 15 stations were vandalised. Cash boxes have been looted as well.
Assam DGP say 4 died in police crackdown on protesters, over 26 injured
Assam DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said, “Four people have been killed in police action unfortunately. Situation had become such that the police had to fire in order to save more people & property. Situation is pretty much under control now.” At least 26 protesters have received injuries of various kinds, including bullet injuries, and are undergoing treatment.
Assam Police rounds up 190 for violent protests; registers over 130 cases
Assam DGP, BJ Mahanta said, “136 cases have been registered so far and 190 protesters have been arrested.These were not normal democratic protesters but people who indulged in violence,some conspirators have also been arrested, including some major leaders from various organisations.”
The police also detained over 3.000 people for creating ruckus and damaging public property. The Assam DGP further added that the police have let many youngsters go who have committed small crimes like throwing couple of stones. However, the police will take strict action against those who joined protests with malafide intention.
SC to hear matter concerning violence at Jamia Milia, Aligarh Muslim University
The Supreme Court will hear the matter pertaining to violence at Jamia Milia University and Aligarh Muslim University, which saw violent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Senior advocate Indira Jaising on Monday urged Chief Justice SA Bobde to take suo motu cognizance of police action against the students.
The bench said it will take up the suo motu cognizance matter on Tuesday, but warned that protests, violence and destruction of public properties cannot continue further.
Four killed in police action during CAA protests, Assam DGP
Four people were killed in Assam in police action, DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said, adding that the situation is under control now.
He said that the police had to fire to save people and property given the tense situation that prevailed during the protests against the amended Citizenship Act.
Mahanta added that 136 cases have been registered and 190 protesters have been arrested so far. “These were not normal democratic protesters but people who indulged in violence. Some conspirators have also been arrested, including some major leaders from various organisations,” he told ANI.
BSP dubs CAA unconstitutional, demands rollback of discriminatory law
Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party on Tuesday clarified its stance on the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act. Party chief Mayawati, in a presser said, “I demand central government to take back this unconstitutional law, otherwise it may lead to negative consequences in the future. They should not create emergency like circumstances, like Congress did earlier. BSP’s parliamentary party has also sought time to meet the President. Our party will also raise our voices in the UP assembly, against Citizenship Amendment Act, and crimes against women.”
These posters have been put up to call out the Bihar chief minister over his silence on the Citizenship Amendment Bill and the promised nationwide NRC.
Bihar: ‘Missing’ posters of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar put up across the city in Patna. pic.twitter.com/IZcMu230Km
— ANI (@ANI) December 17, 2019
Delhi Police arrests 10 locals with criminal record from Jamia Nagar, reports News18
Ten people with criminal backgrounds have been arrested in connection with the 15 December violence in the Jamia Millia Islamia incident. No student has been arrested, reports said.
Over 6,000 Assamese pilgrims stuck in Puri as state rages with protests
Around 6,000 pilgrims from Assam, who went to visit the Jagannath Temple in Puri, are stuck there due to anti-CAA protests in their home state. They are at present lodged at Sankardev Namghar, Assam Yatri Niwas etc. There are many senior citizens among the pilgrims and they are facing health issues. Due to the CAA protests, rail connectivity between Assam and many parts of India have been hit, News18 Assam North East
2 Jamia protesters turn up with bullet wounds; police denies firing
Two people who were apparently caught in the Jamia violence are being treated for “gunshot injuries” at Safdarjung Hospital, PTI reported on Monday. However, the Delhi Police said it did not open fire during the Sunday incident and its personnel were not carrying firearms.
DCP, South-East Delhi, Chinmoy Biswal reacted to reports regarding bullet injuries to Jamia Milia Islamia students on Monday and said, “No bullet was fired by police. Only tear gas shells were used to disperse the violent mob who were pelting stones at police.” “The nature of injuries being reported could be due to the sharp end of tear gas shells and we are probing the allegations,” a senior police officer was quoted as saying by PTI.
SC to hear petition against police crackdown on Jamia students today
Pakistan parliament passes resolution against CAA
Pakistan’s Parliament on Monday unanimously passed a resolution terming India’s Citizenship Amendment Act against the bilateral agreements and asked New Delhi to revoke the discriminatory clauses in it, PTI reported.
The resolution — moved in the National Assembly by Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood – said the Citizenship Act was “against international norms of equality and non-discrimination and International Human Rights Law”.
“This amendment is also against bilateral agreements and understandings between Indian and Pakistan particularly those on security and rights of minorities in the respective countries,” it further said.
Internet services suspended in West Bengal’s Howrah
Internet services in West Bengal’s Howrah will remain suspended till 5 pm today, ANI reported.
Assam CAA protest latest update:
Broadband services reinstated in Assam after days of bloody protest; curfew relaxations announced across state
The Assam government has lifted curfew in the state on Tuesday after days of bloody protests, NDTV reported. Broadband services shall also resume from today, the news channel reported.
Assam CAA protest latest update:
Curfew relaxed in Dibrugarh district of Assam
Assam government authorities said that curfew has been relaxed in the district from 6 am to 8 pm for today.
Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu decries loss of public property during CAA protests
Stating that universities shouldn’t become battlegrounds, Vice-President of India Venkaiah Naidu said, “There shouldn’t be any obstruction or destruction, everybody should focus on construction. And our attitudes must change after all we are in free India, our own India. If you are destroying, means you are destroying the nation’s wealth.”
He also added, “The other day some public transport has been destroyed. Who are the losers? It’s the people, the country. So, while agitating for our cause. One must be systematic. It shouldn’t become destructive. Violence is no solution.”
Congress to meet President Ram Nath Kovind over violence
Opposition leaders will meet President Ram Nath Kovind under the leadership of Congress working president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday. Senior Congress leader AK Antony said that the party will lodge its protest against the government over police action against students of the Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University who were protesting against Citizenship Amendment Act.
Amended citizenship law will crate chaos in country, says ex-IPS officer
Maharashtra cadre IPS officer Abdur Rahman, who had announced his resignation against “divisive” citizenship law last week, on Sunday said its implementation will create “chaos” in the country. Rahman, posted as special IGP in Mumbai, had issued a statement saying he decided to resign and won’t be attending office in protest against the “blatantly communal and unconstitutional” law.
“The move of the Union government to implement the new law will create chaos in the country as it is violative of the provisions of the Constitution,” he told reporters in Pune. Rahman was felicitated by Mulnivasi Muslim Manch and Bhim Army for his move.
CAA protests likely to continue as govt remains unrelenting
Protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, which many believe is discriminatory against Muslims, are likely to continue today in the absence of any reassurance or engagement by the government. Students of the Jamia Milia Islamia university will continue there protests over the issue, while protest marches are also anticipated in West Bengal.
In Assam, protests led by All Assam Students Union is expected to continue, albiet they oppose the law for a different reason — unlike the rest of India, Assamese groups oppose gap not because they feel it is exclusionary of Muslims, but because they oppose the move to grant citizenship to any immigrant, irrespective of their religion.
Citizenship Amendment Act protests Latest updates: Ten people with criminal backgrounds have been arrested in connection with the 15 December violence in the Jamia Millia Islamia incident. No student has been arrested, reports said.
The curfew imposed in Guwahati on 11 December in the wake of protests against the citizenship law was lifted on Tuesday, officials said. In Dibrugarh, the curfew has been relaxed for 14 hours from 6 am on Tuesday, they said.
Senior Congress leader AK Antony said on Monday that Opposition leaders will meet President Ram Nath Kovind under the leadership of party chief Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday to lodge their protest against the government over police action against students of the Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University who were protesting against Citizenship Amendment Act.
Protests both violent and peaceful erupted across India on Monday against the police crackdown in Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi and the Citizenship Amendment Act as students and political leaders took to the streets.
While Prime Minister Narendra Modi called these protests “deeply distressing” and appealed for peace, Home Minister Amit Shah said at a rally in Jharkhand’s Poreyahat that the objective of the Act is to give citizenship to religiously persecuted refugees, and not to take away citizenship of any Indian.
“Some parties are spreading rumours and inciting violence for their political interest. I request students to go through the CAA once and not fall in their trap,” Shah said.
Notwithstanding Shah’s claims, protests erupted in several parts of the country — from Uttar Pradesh to Kerala and Maharashtra to West Bengal — against the Act. The protesters also condemned the police action against students of the Jamia Milia Islamia.
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Thousands gathered at the India Gate in Delhi to continue the protest against Delhi Police’s action in the Jamia Millia Islamia university on Sunday. Showing their solidarity with the students, the protesters also read the Preamble of the Constitution, and vowed to adhere to the secularism enshrined in it.
Several Delhi University students boycotted exams and held a protest outside the Arts Faculty in North Campus to express their solidarity with the movement.
At ground zero of the student movement, a group of Jamia students stood shirtless in the bone-chilling cold of a December Delhi morning to protest the action against their colleagues on Sunday. Hundreds more gathered on the streets in an orderly manner with some students forming a human chain to manage traffic.
Several students were seen leaving for home but the anger simmered.
“We were inside the university when the police barged in. Around 20 policemen came from gate no 7 and 50 others came from the rear gate. We told them we were not involved in the violence. They didn’t listen. They didn’t even spare women,” Khanzala, who suffered injuries to his legs and abdomen, said.
Fifty detained Jamia students were released early Monday but tension continued on the campus.
Jamia Vice Chancellor Najma Akhtar also supported the students, saying police entered the campus without permission. “We will not tolerate police presence on campus. They scared our students with police brutality,” she told reporters, adding that the university will file an FIR on damage to property and police action on students. She also demanded a high-level inquiry from the government.
‘Centre solely responsible for violence’
The police clampdown against the Jamia students became yet another rallying point for a Congress-led Opposition, which is already up in arms against the Modi government over the CAA since its passage last week by Parliament.
Apart from the Congress, leaders of four other political parties held a joint press conference to demand an inquiry by a Supreme Court judge into the Sunday evening incident in the campus.
“It is the Central government which is solely responsible for the violence in the country for bringing a law which is being opposed all over the country and by all Opposition political parties. Had the government not brought this law, there would not have been any violence”, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said.
Congress leaders, led by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, also held a silent protest from 4pm to 6pm at India Gate. While Priyanka said “an attack on students is an attack on the soul of India”, her mother and party chief Sonia Gandhi issued a statement later accusing the BJP of creating instability in the country.
“The BJP is mother of violence and divisiveness,” Sonia alleged in the statement.
Student protesters also demanded a probe into the use of tear gas inside the Jamia university’s library as well as police entering the campus without permission from university authorities. And so intense was the exasperation among the student community that even the country’s premier institutions — IIT Kanpur, IIT Madras and IIT Bombay — which do not regularly join any agitations, came out against the police action.
In West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took out a massive rally in Kolkata and declared that the CAA and the NRC can be enforced in the state only on her “dead body” while daring the Centre to dismiss her government. Meanwhile, the anti-citizenship law protests snowballed into a major flashpoint in the state with highways and railway lines blocked and incidents of arson and loot reported from many places.
In Kerala rivals UDF and LDF, in a rare show of camaraderie, protested jointly against the police action.
‘Time to maintain peace’
As violence and unrest spread across various states against the CAA, the prime minister said “this is the time to maintain peace, unity and brotherhood. It is my appeal to everyone to stay away from any sort of rumour-mongering and falsehoods.”
Violent protests on the amended citizenship law are “unfortunate and deeply distressing”, he said adding that debate, discussion and dissent are essential parts of democracy, “but never has damage to public property and disturbance of normal life been a part of our ethos.”
Modi said he unequivocally assures people that tweaked law does not affect any citizen of India of any religion.
The amended citizenship law illustrates India’s centuries old culture of acceptance, harmony, compassion and brotherhood, he said, adding “We cannot allow groups with vested interest to divide us and create disturbance.”
Stepping in to quell the unrest, the Union Home Ministry asked states and Union Territories (UTs) to take all possible steps to check violence and ensure safety of life and properties.
The Supreme Court, which agreed to hear on Tuesday pleas alleging police atrocities on students holding protests against the act at the Aligarh Muslim University and the Jamia Millia Islamia, said it will not hear this issue in such an atmosphere of violence.
“The only thing we want is that the violence must stop,” said a bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde.
Life was thrown out of gear in several places in North East with trains between West Bengal and the North East came to a halt with the railways suspending all services to the northern region of the state, officials said.
Solidarity across campuses
In Lucknow’s Nadwa College, students gathered in the hundreds shouting slogans like “Awaz do, hum ek hain” (call us we are all united) as police tried to control the situation. For a brief while, they hurled stones at the police who threw the missiles back over a campus steel gate. In Hyderabad’s Maulana Azad Urdu University, students held a protest march post midnight in solidarity with the Jamia students and demanded that their exams be postponed.
There were angry demonstrations at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in Varanasi and at the Jadavpur University in Kolkata with demands that the government take action against police “hooliganism”. Students from the Mumbai University and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) protested on the streets shouting slogans such as “Shame on Delhi Police”.
Students at Central University of Kerala, Kasargod and Pondicherry University boycotted classes. Others joining in included students from Patiala’s Punjab University, Patna University and Chennai’s Loyola College. The first to join the movement against the violence in Jamia were students from AMU where there were clashes with the police late at night on Sunday in which at least 60 students were injured. After the protest, the university announced the closure till 5 January and students were asked to evacuate the hostels.
As videos from Sunday’s violence inside Jamia circulated widely on social media, many spoke out, including from Hollywood and Bollywood. Hollywood star John Cusack was one of those who took to Twitter to air his views. “Reports from Delhi are it was a war zone last night – Fascism is not a joke – we use the word with the understanding it’s deadly.” Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who had quit Twitter in August, returned on the microblogging site, saying he cannot stay “silent any longer”. “This government is clearly fascist… and it makes me angry to see voices that can actually make a difference stay quiet..” he tweeted.
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students joined their compatriots in Jamia outside the police headquarters at Delhi’s ITO on Sunday night to protest the alleged police assault on students at the Jamia campus earlier in the day. Opposition politicians and activists say the Citizenship Amendment Act, which was passed last week by Parliament, is an attempt to divide the country along religious lines as it grants citizenship to Hindu minorities from the three neighbouring countries. They say such a preference is unconstitutional.
With inputs from PTI
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Updated Date: Dec 17, 2019 10:55:07 IST