New Delhi: A protestor holds a placard during a demonstration against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) at Jamia Nagar in New Delhi | Photo: PTI
CAA protest LIVE updates: The anti-CAA protests turned violent in Delhi on Friday, with protestors setting a car on fire in the city's Daryaganj area in an incident of arson in the city's largely peaceful day of demonstration.
Police used water cannons and lathi-charged a large group of protesters after they pelted stones at police personnel. The demonstrators who who were trying to march from Old Delhi to Jantar Mantar were stopped at Delhi Gate by the police.
Many parts of Uttar Pradesh including, Meerut and Gorakhpur also witnessed violent protests. Stone pelting was reported in several parts, while Police resorted to lathicharge. More than 15 districts in UP witnessed clashes between the police and protesters.
11:34 PM IST Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman accuses Congress president Sonia Gandhi of "misleading" people over Citizenship Amendment Act and equating it "falsely" with NRC.
9:58 PM IST Curfew update: Section 144 imposed in 50 out of 52 districts in Madhya Pradesh as well as in four police station limits in Jabalpur.
Gujarat has also imposed Section 144 in Rajkot amid anti-CA protests till January 1, 2020.
9:11 PM IST After West Bengal government, Kerala has stayed all activities connected with National Population Resgister amid anti-Citizenship Act protests.
8:56 PM IST Violent protests erupted in Daryaganj earlier in the evening when a car was set ablaze and several police personnel including senior officers were injured in stone pelting by protesters. Around 40 people have been detained.
Delhi: Rapid Action Force (RAF) takes out flag march in Daryaganj area, after protest over #CitizenshipAct in the area today. pic.twitter.com/zi5uSV4Tl0
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8:55 PM IST Amid anti-CAA protests mobile internet services to remain suspended till 6 pm tomorrow in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh.
8:23 PM IST Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra joins protesters at India Gate. National Register of Citizens is anti-poor, says Vadra. She added, "Govt wants every Indian to stand in line to prove citizenship, as it did after note ban."
8:10 PM IST Information & Broadcasting Ministry issues advisory asking news channels to refrain from broadcasting content which is "likely to instigate violence or which promotes anti-national attitudes", a second such communication in less than 10 days.
8:00 PM IST Uttar Pradesh DGP OP Singh said that over 50 policemen seriously injured in clashes across the state.
Nirmala Sitharaman accuses Sonia Gandhi of 'misleading' people over CAA
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman accuses Congress president Sonia Gandhi of "misleading" people over Citizenship Amendment Act and equating it "falsely" with NRC.
Section 144 imposed in 50 districts in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat till January, 2020
Curfew update: Section 144 imposed in 50 out of 52 districts in Madhya Pradesh as well as in four police station limits in Jabalpur.
Gujarat has also imposed Section 144 in Rajkot amid anti-CA protests till January 1, 2020.
Kerala stays activities connected to updation of National Population Register
After West Bengal government, Kerala has stayed all activities connected with National Population Resgister amid anti-Citizenship Act protests.
In Daryaganj, Rapid Action Force (RAF) takes out flag march after violent protests; 40 people detained
Violent protests erupted in Daryaganj earlier in the evening when a car was set ablaze and several police personnel including senior officers were injured in stone pelting by protesters. Around 40 people have been detained.
Mobile internet services suspended till 6 pm tomorrow in Jabalpur
Amid anti-CAA protests mobile internet services to remain suspended till 6 pm tomorrow in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh.
Priyanka Vadra joins anti-CAA protest at India Gate, says NRC is anti-poor
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra joins protesters at India Gate. National Register of Citizens is anti-poor, says Vadra. She added, "Govt wants every Indian to stand in line to prove citizenship, as it did after note ban."
I&B Ministry issues advisory asking news agencies to refrain from promoting 'anti-national' content
Information & Broadcasting Ministry issues advisory asking news channels to refrain from broadcasting content which is "likely to instigate violence or which promotes anti-national attitudes", a second such communication in less than 10 days.
Over 50 policemen injured in clashes in Uttar Pradesh, says DGP
Uttar Pradesh DGP OP Singh said that over 50 policemen seriously injured in clashes across the state.
People killed in UP are from Bijor, Sambhal, Firozabad and Meerut, says DGP
People killed in protests across Uttar Pradesh are from Bijnor, Firozabad, Sambhal and Meerut, says UP DGP OP SIngh
Six people killed amid Citizenship Amendment Act protests across Uttar Pradesh
Six people killed in violence during anti-citizenship law protests across Uttar Pradesh: Official
Curfew in parts of Madhya Pradesh
Curfew imposed in Gohalpur and Hanumantal police station limits in Jabalpur city of Madhya Pradesh
Congress committed to defend fundamental rights of people, says Sonia Gandhi
Citizenship Act is discriminatory, and proposed nationwide NRC will particularly hurt poor and vulnerable: Sonia Gandhi
Protest turns violent in Delhi
Protesters resort to arson near Delhi Gate, police baton charges them.
Car set on fire in Daryaganj.
Police uses water cannon on protesters in Delhi's Daryaganj
State governments have no powers to reject implementation of Citizenship Act, as subject was enacted under Union List of Constitution's 7th Schedule: Home Ministry official
For a change, Citizenship Act finds few takers
Many gather at Central Park in Delhi's Connaught Place, raise slogans in support of the Citizenship Act
Protest at India Gate
Scores of people gathered at the India Gate to voice their dissent against Citizenship Act
Govt willing to listen
The government is ready to accept suggestions, if any, from the people who are staging protests, a top official said
Govt tries allaying fears on Citizenship Act
Anyone born in India before 1987 or whose parents were born before 1987 are bona fide Indian citizens according to a top government official
Internet snapped in major cities of UP
Internet access over mobile phones was suspended in major towns in Uttar Pradesh, including Lucknow, Kanpur, Allahabad, Agra, Aligarh, Ghaziabad, Varanasi, Mathura, Meerut, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Bareli, Firozadad, Pilibhit, Rampur, Saharanpur, Shamli, Sambhal, Amroha, Mau, Azamgarh and Sultanpur following explicit state government orders, telecom industry officials said
Several Delhi metro stations shut
Chawri Bazar, Lal Quila, Jama Masjid & Delhi Gate on violet line, Jaffrabad & Maujpur-Babarpur on pink line and Jamia Millia Islamia on magenta line are closed as per instructions of security agencies.
Entry & exit gates of Rajiv Chowk, Pragati Maidan, Mandi House, Janpath and Khan Market are also closed
Pinarayi Vijayan voices concern over detention of journalists
I strongly condemn attempt to portray journalists as troublemakers. Onslaught on media freedom is fascist mindset: Kerala CM
Protest hits Delhi's Seelampur again
People start protest march from Jafrabad to Seelampur in Delhi defying prohibitory orders
Violence in several parts of UP
Protesters pelt stones at police in Gorakhpur, police fire tear gas shells
Anti-citizenship law protesters clash with police at several places in Uttar Pradesh: Officials
Indian-Americans, students hold protests in US
Indian-Americans and students held peaceful protests in Chicago and Boston, saying this is a step towards rupturing India's social fabric.
About 150 people marched to the Indian consulate from the Tribune Tower in Chicago
Nitish reiterates his stand on NRC
NRC will not be implemented in Bihar, says Nitish Kumar
Women take the centre stage
Nadia Khan, a 35-year-old housewife said: "The government has forced us to come out on the streets." "We are not scared of the government or the prime minister"
"What is happening in the country is wrong," Shabana, a 21-year-old student at Jamia Millia Islamia University
"This is not the issue of just one community," said another female protestor
Stone pelting in Gorakhpur
Protestors & police pelt stones at each other in Gorakhpur during protest
Mamata appeals to PM Narendra Modi
It is not about victory or defeat, it is a matter of country's interests; withdraw CAA and NRC: Mamata Banerjee
Bhim Army chief detained in Delhi
Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad is detained by the police in central Delhi when near when he tried to from Jama Masjid to Jantar Mantar to express his protest against the amended citizenship law. Hundreds of people have gathered near Jama Masjid to protest the law and the proposed National Register of Citizens. Azad was detained in Daryaganj, home to several publishing companies and a stone’s throw away from Jama Masjid.
Mamata Banerjee's UN comment draws flak
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee must apologise for suggesting a UN-monitored referendum on the amended citizenship law and the proposed National Register of Citizens, said union environment minister Prakash Javadekar. "It is shocking that Mamata Banerjee is talking about referendum. Who is the UN body to monitor the referendum? This is an insult to the 130 crore people of the country and their mandate," Javadekar told reporters in Delhi, according to PTI.
Roses for khaki at Jama Masjid
Delhi: Locals offer roses to Delhi Police PRO MS Randhawa and other senior Police officers at Jama Masjid pic.twitter.com/lJGoLUveh8
Bhim Army leader Chandrashekhar Azad and members of his Dalit group protest near Jama Masjid, ignoring the police who denied them permission to march from the mosque to Jantar Mantar in central Delhi.
Protesters gather outside Jamia Millia in Delhi
Hundreds of people gather outside Jamia Millia Islamia university in Delhi, continuing protests after a police crackdown on Sunday night injured more than 50 people. News agency PTI reports the protesters have posters decrying the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the proposed nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC).
No one from Bangladesh will get to enter Assam by means of amended Citizenship Act
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday said that the citizenship law did not encourage fresh influx from Bangladesh, but those that fled the neighbouring country and moved to the state decades ago due to religious persecution would be able to apply for Indian citizenship.
Allaying fears of the state's indigenous population, who are wary that the law would threaten their identity, Sonowal said "not a single person of Bangladesh will get to enter Assam through CAA".
"Only those people who have been living in Assam for decades having fled religious persecution in Bangladesh would be able to apply for Indian citizenship," he told reporters at a press meet here.
Once the process of filing applications for citizenship is over, a list of the claimants would be published, the chief minister stated.
The number would be "negligible", he insisted.
Prohibitory orders in Northeast Delhi, police conducts flag march
Prohibitory orders were imposed in 12 police station areas of Northeast Delhi on Friday as police carried out a flag march in the district which witnessed violence during protests against the amended citizenship law three days ago, officials said.
The police also used drones to keep a tab on the law and order situation in the area.
Aligarh DM sounds red alert, heavy security deployed in view of Friday prayers
A red alert was sounded and the city put under a heavy security cover in view of the first Friday prayers since the police crackdown on the students of Aligarh Muslim University protesting the Citizenship (Amendment) Act earlier this week.
Two protest venues, one anthem: Protesters, police join in singing ‘Jana Gana Mana’
A video of a senior Bengaluru police official appealing to people protesting against the new citizenship to peacefully vacate the area after singing the national anthem along with him has gone viral. In the video that has now gone viral on social media, Bengaluru DCP Chetan Singh Rathore can be heard saying: “When you are part of any group, you might get swayed by mob mentality. And there can also be a few hiding among you with that mentality. And if that person takes advantage of this, all of us will get beaten up.” To this, the protesters replied: ” You are right, you are right.” The DCP further said, “Now, if you trust me, then I will sing a song. And all the countrymen will stand with me.” As he began singing the national anthem, the protesters also joined him. They later vacated the area.
#WATCH Karnataka: DCP of Bengaluru(Central),Chetan Singh Rathore sings national anthem along with protesters present at the Town Hall in Bengaluru, when they were refusing to vacate the place. Protesters left peacefully after the national anthem was sung. #CitizenshipAmendmentActpic.twitter.com/DLYsOw3UTP
Internet services continue to remain suspended in parts of UP and Karnataka
Internet services continue to remain suspended in parts of UP and Karnataka; more protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Act likely today across the country.
Anti-CAA protest: Police denies Bhim Army permission to protest at Jantar Mantar
Delhi Police has denied permission to Bhim Army to take out a protest march on Friday from Jama Masjid to Jantar Mantar against the amended citizenship law.
The march is expected to see participation of students from Jawaharlal Nehru University and Jamia Millia Islamia.
Prohibitory orders under CrPC Section 144 are in place near the Red Fort area since Thursday, prohibiting assembly of four or more people.
Thousands of students, activists and opposition leaders hit the streets in the national capital on Thursday, defying heavy security clampdown and prohibitory orders even as authorities suspended mobile internet services and restricted traffic movement to quell the swirling agitation.
Situation in Mangaluru 'peaceful': Police
Situation in violence-hit Mangaluru, where two people were killed during protests againstCitizenship Amendment Act on December 19, is "absolutely peaceful" and "under control," a senior police official said on Friday.
With curfew in place, movement of people has been scarce.
Educational institutions were closed on Friday.
"Situation in Mangaluru city is absolutely peaceful, no incident has been reported in the night, police have been deployed all across the city.
Curfew is in force till midnight of December 22 and all internet services have been suspended in public interest," Mangaluru Police Commissioner P S Harsha told media.
Lawyers likely to mention before Delhi HC 'misconduct' by advocates after Jamia violence hearing
A bunch of lawyers are likely to mention before the Chief justice of the Delhi High Court the issue pertaining to the "misconduct" of some advocates after they failed to get immediate relief from the court in connection with the Jamia violence.
"Senior Advocate Chetan Sharma will be mentioning the issue pertaining to the misconduct of Jamia lawyers inside courtroom number one when they could not get relief," lawyers said in a communication.
They also requested all the members to reach Delhi High Court on time.
Delhi High Court had on Thursday posted for February 4 the petition related to the violence in Jamia Millia Islamia and issued a notice to Central government and Delhi Police.
After the court denied an earlier date for the hearing as requested by the petitioner's counsel, the lawyers raised 'shame, shame' slogans in the court.
CAA protests: Govt restores internet services in Assam after HC order
Mobile internet services resumed in Assam on Friday, ten days after it was snapped in the wake of violent protests over the new citizenship law.
A senior official of private telecom operator Airtel said the ban was lifted from 9 am on Friday.
"As we did not received any fresh order to continue with the blackout, we have lifted the ban from 9 am," he said.
The state government had said that mobile internet services in the state would be restored from Friday though the Gauhati High Court had ordered restoration of the service by 5 pm on Thursday.
Jamia Millia Islamia and Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh metro stations in Delhi were opened on Friday, around 24 hours after they were shut in view of protests in the city against the amended Citizenship Act.
At least 20 metro stations in the national capital were closed on Thursday, following a request from Delhi Police, who wanted to restrict the movement of protesters.
All stations, except Jamia Millia Islamia and Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh, were opened on Thursday evening.
"Entry & exit gates at all stations have been opened. Normal services have resumed in all stations," the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation tweeted on Friday.
More than CAA, it's the NRC that's the problem, says Prashant Bhushan
More than CAA, it's the NRC that's the problem. You must prove your citizenship by showing Birth Certificate,Land ownership records or school degrees etc which are >50 yrs old!Many poor who don't have these are excluded.CAA is to tell Hindus they will get in&only Muslims excluded
As protests against citizenship tests swell, what is Modi's endgame?
Protests have broken out across India, a few of them violent, against a new law that fast-tracks citizenship for non-Muslim migrants from three majority-Muslim countries. In the northeastern state of Assam, where migration has long been a major political issue, four protesters were killed when security forces opened fire. In both the capital of Delhi and the town of Aligarh, local police stormed university campuses, beating up and arresting students. It is no coincidence that both the universities are historically Muslim.
In response, the government has arbitrarily turned off the internet across wide swathes of India and many states and cities have prohibited the gathering of four or more people—including in parts of Delhi, the software hub of Bengaluru, and the entire state of Uttar Pradesh, home to 200 million people. Hundreds have been arbitrarily detained, including some of India’s most prominent public intellectuals.
The widespread dissent has surprised nobody. The citizenship law is dangerous enough on its own terms: It imposes a religious test, which should in any case be anathema in a secular republic, and it deliberately excludes neighboring countries with persecuted Muslim minorities.
We have called a bandh in Bihar on December 21 against CAA, says Tejashwi Yadav
Tejashwi Yadav, RJD: We have called a bandh in Bihar on December 21 against the Citizenship Amendment Act. The act is unconstitutional and against humanity. It has exposed the divisive character of BJP.
Centre should repeal Citizenship (Amendment) Act, says Ashok Gehlot
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday said that the central government should take a decision to repeal the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.
"Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 has shaken the entire country. Students in universities are protesting, people have come out on roads. I believe that that Act was not required," Gehlot told media here.
"Earlier also I have said that that this is not going to be implemented practically, but the people in power are unable to understand public sentiments. I believe that there should be no arrogance and the government should take a decision to repeal it (Act)," he added.
CAA protest: Entry & exit gates of Jamia Millia Islamia and Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh are closed
Entry & exit gates of Jamia Millia Islamia and Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh are closed. Trains will not be halting at these stations.
All other stations are open and services are normal.