LIVE: Give Citizenship Act a chance, Amit Shah appeals to students

Anti-Citizenship Act protests LIVE updates: Violent protests against Citizenship Amendment Act are "deeply distressing”, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as tensions ran high across India today against the contentious legislation.

 
As many as 50 students of Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia university were released early Monday after being detained by the police for over six hours. Jamia Millia Islamia Vice-Chancellor Najma Akhtar asserted that the university would not tolerate police presence on campus and demanded a high-level inquiry into the crackdown on the students.

"Police entered the campus without permission. We will not tolerate police presence on campus. They scared our students with police brutality. There has been huge damage to university property," Akhtar said at a press conference.

Students of IIM Bangalore, IISc Bangalore, Moulana Azad National Urdu University in Hyderabad, Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi and Kolkata’s Jadavpur University also held demonstrations in solidarity with the Jamia students. Meanwhile, Assam has resumed internet after shutting down services to quell rumours last week.


11:13 PM IST Arvind Kejriwal questioned the need to amend Citizenship law amid economic slowdown. "People are not getting employment. The country is passing through worst economic slowdown. Prices of several items have been shooting up," he said. Instead of CAB, the Centre should convene a meeting of all chief ministers to find a way to deal with the slowdown, Kejriwal said. Delhi CM while speaking at 'Agenda AajTaK 2019' said that students have been protesting against the amended law across the country and the Centre should consider their demands. He added that the law is 'dangerous' and asserted that AAP had opposed it in Parliament. 

10:16 PM IST According to reports, curfew in Assam's Guwahati to be lifted on Tuesday morning. Also, broadband internet services across Assam to be restored from tomorrow.

9:21 PM IST West Bengal govt puts on hold updation of National Population Register in state amid statewide protests over CAA.

9:12 PM IST Questions asked in Lok Sabha on Citizenship Amendment Bill went unanswered. There is no clarity over the Act, says Maharashtra CM.

9:10 PM IST West Bengal police have said that they have arrested 354 miscreants in the state during the statewide protests over Citizenship Amendment Act, as a part of their endeavour to maintain peace and harmony. 

8:34 PM IST Two people during Jamia Millia protest were admitted at Safdarjung Hospital with 'gunshot injury', according to reports. Both the men underwent surgery. However, Delhi Police have denied firing at the protesters during the clash with students. 

7:57 PM IST Home Minister Amit Shah during a rally in Jharkhand appealed to students to not fall in the trap of political parties and give the act a chance. He added, "Congress, AAP & TMC are misleading you & creating an atmosphere of violence across the country."

7:30 PM IST Entry & exit gates at all stations have been opened. Normal services have resumed in all stations: DMRC

7:26 PM IST West Bengal govt asks media to exercise caution while reporting incidents of violence during protests over amended Citizenship Act.

7:19 PM IST Aligarh District Administration issued a notification asking to maintain law and order in the city in view of protests on Citizenship Amendment Act. The notification said that all schools, degree colleges, & other educational institutions in Aligarh (city) will be closed on 16th & 17th December. Aligarh District Administration: To maintain law & order, in view of protests against #CitizenshipAmendmentAct, all schools, degree colleges, & other educational institutions in Aligarh (city) will be closed on 16th & 17th December. pic.twitter.com/mnST0O9xRY — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) December 16, 2019

7:12 PM IST Internet services suspended in Aligarh city till tomorrow midnight amid protests over CAA, says ANI

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Why amend Citizenship Bill during economic slowdown: Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal questioned the need to amend Citizenship law amid economic slowdown. "People are not getting employment. The country is passing through worst economic slowdown. Prices of several items have been shooting up," he said. Instead of CAB, the Centre should convene a meeting of all chief ministers to find a way to deal with the slowdown, Kejriwal said. Delhi CM while speaking at 'Agenda AajTaK 2019' said that students have been protesting against the amended law across the country and the Centre should consider their demands. He added that the law is 'dangerous' and asserted that AAP had opposed it in Parliament. 

Curfew in Guwahati to be lifted from Tuesday morning, internet services to be restored: Reports

According to reports, curfew in Assam's Guwahati to be lifted on Tuesday morning. Also, broadband internet services across Assam to be restored from tomorrow.

Bengal govt halts updation of National Popular Register

West Bengal govt puts on hold updation of National Population Register in state amid statewide protests over CAA.

No clarity over Citizenship Amendment Act: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray

Questions asked in Lok Sabha on Citizenship Amendment Bill went unanswered. There is no clarity over the Act, says Maharashtra CM.

354 miscreants arrested in West Bengal as part of endeavour to maintain peace and harmony

West Bengal police have said that they have arrested 354 miscreants in the state during the statewide protests over Citizenship Amendment Act, as a part of their endeavour to maintain peace and harmony. 

Two men brought to Safdarjung Hospital with bullet injuries during Jamia protest; Delhi Police deny firing on students

Two people during Jamia Millia protest were admitted at Safdarjung Hospital with 'gunshot injury', according to reports. Both the men underwent surgery. However, Delhi Police have denied firing at the protesters during the clash with students. 

Parties misleading, urge students to give Citizenship Act a chance: Amit Shah

Home Minister Amit Shah during a rally in Jharkhand appealed to students to not fall in the trap of political parties and give the act a chance. He added, "Congress, AAP & TMC are misleading you & creating an atmosphere of violence across the country."

DMRC update: Entry & exit gates at all stations have been opened.

Entry & exit gates at all stations have been opened. Normal services have resumed in all stations: DMRC

Bengal govt asks media to exercise caution while reporting incidents of violence

West Bengal govt asks media to exercise caution while reporting incidents of violence during protests over amended Citizenship Act.

Schools, degree colleges, educational institutions to be closed on December 16 and 17: Aligarh District Administration

Aligarh District Administration issued a notification asking to maintain law and order in the city in view of protests on Citizenship Amendment Act. The notification said that all schools, degree colleges, & other educational institutions in Aligarh (city) will be closed on 16th & 17th December.

Internet services suspended in Aligarh till tomorrow midnight.

Internet services suspended in Aligarh city till tomorrow midnight amid protests over CAA, says ANI

DMRC update: All entry & exit gates of Central Secretariat are open.


Opposition leaders to meet President on December 17 to protest against police action, says Congress

Congress leader AK Antony said that opposition leaders under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi will unite on December 17 to meet President Ram Nath Kovind amid violent protests across the nation and police action in Jamia and AMU.

Students have right to protest, they are soul of the nation: Priyanka Vadra

Priyanka launched a direct attack on BJP following her sit-in protest at the India Gate. She said that the police action against Jamia and Aligarh students is an act of assault on the Indian constitution. She asserted that the students have the right to protest and they are the soul of the nation. 

Day curfew lifted, night curfew to stay in Guwahati: Himanta Biswa Sarma

MLA Himanta Biswa Sarma from Jalukbari constituency said that the government has lifted day time curfew in Guwahati, but curfew during the night will remain imposed till further review of the situation. 

Sarma said that in Assam the police have registered 136 cases of vandalism and other related crimes. He added that police have, so far, arrested 190 individuals in connection with the protests regarding Citizenship Amendment Act in Guwahati and in the entire state. 

DMRC update: Entry & exit gates of Lok Kalyan Marg and Janpath are closed.

Entry & exit gates of Lok Kalyan Marg and Janpath are closed. Trains will not be halting at these stations.

MHA issues advisory on Citizenship Amendment Act protests across the nation

Citizenship to illegal immigrants belonging to Hindu, five other communities to be given only after fulfilling required criteria: MHA.

Ministry of Home Affairs asks all states, Union Territories to contain violence, ensure safety of life and prevent damage of property during anti-CAA protests. 

People benefiting from the Citizenship Amendment Act to be clear after framing of rules: report

According to ANI quoting MHA sources, number of people who will be benefited by Citizenship Amendment Act will be clear after framing of rules; rules to be framed soon.

DMRC update: Entry & exit gates of Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan are closed.

Entry & exit gates of Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan are closed. Trains will not be halting at Patel Chowk and Udyog Bhawan.

Priyanka at India Gate, protests against police action

Priyanka Vadra along with other Congress leaders begin protest at India Gate against police action on Jamia Millia, Aligarh Muslim University students.

Priyanka Vadra, other congress leaders to sit on a symbolic protest at India Gate

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala in a press brief said, This is a government that has attacked the rights of youths & students of the country. That is why, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra & other senior Congress leaders have decided to sit on a symbolic protest at the India Gate from 4 pm, for the next 2 hours.


Sitharaman says must be wary of jihadists, Maoists, separatists getting into student activism

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman cautioned against "jihadist, Maoist and separatist" elements getting into student activism, and asserted protests fanned across the country will not derail the economic agenda.
 
The remarks come in the light of continued protests across many universities in the last few days following the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill. Sitharaman said she is not aware of what happened at New Delhi's Jamia Milia Islamia last night.
 
She hit out strongly against the “misguided” Congress party for backing "fringe groups" at universities which have shown Maoist or separatist tendencies.

Jamia violence to be investigated, says Delhi Police, cautions people against rumours

The Delhi Police's crime branch will investigate the Jamia violence and people should not pay any heed to social media rumours, Delhi Police PRO MS Randhawa said on Monday.
 
Randhawa maintained that police used "maximum restraint, minimum force" despite being "provoked" by protesters.
 
"There was no firing, there have been no casualties in Jamia violence. The crime branch will investigate Jamia violence. Thorough investigation will be done and accountability will be fixed," he said at a press conference.
 
"Four DTC buses, 100 private vehicles and 10 police bikes were damaged during the violence. One policeman is in the ICU," he added.
 
Randhawa said the police is keeping a watch on social media.

CPI-M and Congress jointly protest against CAA in Kerala

The Kerala political canvas is seeing a rare instance when top leaders of the ruling CPM-led Left and the rival Congress-led UDF jointly protested against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.
 
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan led the Left, while the opposition and Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala led the UDF when the protest started at the Martyrs Column here on Monday.
 
Vijayan has reiterated his stand that the CAA will not be implemented in the state.
 
"The sound that has come from Kerala is we will not allow the secularism stand of ours to be diluted in any way. All this is the work of the RSS to convert India into a religion-based country. At no cost would this be allowed to take place and in Kerala, we just cannot accept it and under no circumstances would it be allowed to be implemented here," said Vijayan.
 
Chennithala said that this is not what the country needs and the basic tenets of the Constitution have been questioned through the CAA.
 
"The media has been silenced as it's now owned by corporates, whose only agenda is pro-government. The stage is such that today it's Amit Shah who decides who is going to be an Indian citizen. Our Constitution is one of the best in the world and every institution in the country is a by-product of it and today, one by one these institutions are being destroyed," said Chennithala.

Few powers from outside Bengal, acting as friends of Muslim community, indulged in arson and vandalism: Mamata

Few powers from outside Bengal, acting as friends of Muslim community, indulged in arson and vandalism, says Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

No Indian citizen will be affected by amended citizenship law: PM Modi

As protests by students against the new citizenship law engulf various parts of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the legislation does not affect any citizen of any religion in the country.
 
In a series of tweets, Modi said groups with vested interests cannot be allowed to divide and create disturbances in the country.
 
"No Indian has anything to worry regarding this Act. This Act is only for those who have faced years of persecution outside and have no other place to go except India," he said.

Students of IISc, Bengaluru, join protest against police crackdown in Jamia, AMU

Students at the prestigious Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, joined the protest across campuses in the country on Monday against the police crackdown in Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).
 
A poster issued by IISc students read: "Call for a protest gathering at the public university most dear to successive Indian governments of the country." "We refuse to work when we no longer know what we are working for. To work in this climate for a government that not only threatens us with de-citizenship but also dehumanises us when we try to raise our voice, is to submit ourselves to enslavement," a student leading the protest said.

We cannot allow vested interest groups to divide us and create disturbance, says Narendra Modi

The need of the hour is for all of us to work together for the development of India and the empowerment of every Indian, especially the poor, downtrodden and marginalised.
 
We cannot allow vested interest groups to divide us and create disturbance, says Narendra Modi.
I want to unequivocally assure my fellow Indians that CAA does not affect any citizen of India of any religion. No Indian has anything to worry regarding this Act. This Act is only for those who have faced years of persecution outside and have no other place to go except India, says Narendra Modi.

Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 was passed by both Houses of Parliament with overwhelming support: Modi

The Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 was passed by both Houses of Parliament with overwhelming support. Large number of political parties and MPs supported its passage. This Act illustrates India’s centuries old culture of acceptance, harmony, compassion and brotherhood: Narendra Modi

Violent protests on the Citizenship Amendment Act are unfortunate and deeply distressing, says Modi

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, says Narendra Modi.

Will not tolerate police presence on campus, want a high-level enquiry into crackdown: Jamia VC

Jamia Millia Islamia Vice-Chancellor Najma Akhtar on Monday asserted that the university will not tolerate police presence on campus and demanded a high-level inquiry into the crackdown on the students.
 
Akhtar also made it clear that the Jamia administration will not allow any political person to visit the university and will only coordinate with the HRD Ministry.
"Police entered the campus without permission. We will not tolerate police presence on campus. They scared our students with police brutality. There has been huge damage to university property," Akhtar said at a press conference here.
 
"We will file FIR on damage of property and police action on students, we want high level inquiry. I will present facts to the HRD Minister. I have already spoken to the HRD Secretary and briefed him about the situation," she added.
 
Akhtar addressed the media after the university's Executive Council (EC) meeting called on Monday to discuss the issue.
 
"What about the damage to the psyche of students? The appeal will be made to HRD Minister to ascertain who was at fault about yesterday's crackdown. We had already declared vacation because we wanted our students safe.
 
"We are not forcing any student to vacate hostels. We will facilitate it. We are making an assessment of the damage. We are not connected to any political outfit and will not allow anyone to come here," she said.
CPI-M's Sitaram Yechury says what happened in Jamia with students totally unacceptable in democracy.

Sangh parivar experimenting with Hitler's agenda: Chennithala

Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala on Monday alleged the Sangh Parivar was "experimenting" with the agenda of Hitler in India and those opposing it were being threatened.
 
Chennithala was speaking at a joint protest meeting organised by the ruling CPI(M)-led LDF and the Opposition Congress headed UDF at the martyr's square here.
"The model before them (RSS) is the Nazi Germany of Hitler. Sangh Parivar is experimenting with the agenda of Hitler.
 
The secularism and the brotherhood of our country is threatened by igniting fake nationalism among the people," Chennithala said.
Citizenship bill cannot be linked to religion, it is not Hindu-Muslim issue: CPI-M's Sitaram Yechury at opposition presser. 
BJP allegation that Cong is behind student unrest absolutely baseless: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Entire country opposed to an unconstitutional law: Congress leader Azad on Citizenship Amendment Act

Entire country opposed to an unconstitutional law: Congress leader Azad on Citizenship Amendment Act

We demand judicial probe into Delhi Police action in Jamia: Congress

We demand judicial probe into Delhi Police action in Jamia, says Ghulam Nabi Azad at opposition press conference.

How could police enter library and toilets in Jamia as students were screaming for help: Congress

How could police enter library and toilets in Jamia as students were screaming for help, asks Congress leader Azad.
How did Delhi Police enter Jamia when university administration did not give permission, asks Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad

We condemn police entry in Jamia Millia and use of force on students, says Azad

We condemn police entry in Jamia Millia and use of force on students, says Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad at Opposition presser.

Central govt responsible for violence in country: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday blamed the Centre for the violence across the country over the Citizenship Amendment Act, saying had it not brought such a law this situation could have been avoided.
 
He also accused the BJP-led central government of being responsible for "death of expectations" of people of Jammu and Kashmir by removing Article 370 and downgrading the status of the state.
 
"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. 
 
So it is the central government which is responsible," he told 'Agenda Aaj Tak' while brushing aside charges by the BJP that opposition parties are fuelling protests against the new law.

Mumbai students express solidarity with Jamia, AMU students

Hundreds of students staged a protest march here on Monday to express solidarity with students of Jamia Millia and AMU protesting against the amended Citizenship Act.
 
Students from the Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) gathered outside the college premises, carrying placards with anti-government slogans.
 
"The nation is dying while you are sleeping," read one of the placards. The students also shouted slogans against what they called "Godi Media".
 
They shouted slogans condemning "police brutality and violence" against the Jamia and AMU students. "The time has come to speak up guys," shouted a student.
 
Students assembled outside the institute in Deonar and demanded scrapping the National Register of Citizens and Citizenship Act.

Military columns deployed in Assam should be back in barracks in a day or two: Army Commander

Army Commander Lt Gen Anil Chauhan on Monday expressed hope that military columns deployed in Assam, the epicentre of protests over the citizenship law, would return to barracks in a day or two as the situation in the state was "fast improving".
 
He said that it was the prerogative of the state administration to seek assistance of the Army to restore law and order, after having failed to handle a situation.
"Over the past three days, Army columns were deployed not just in Assam but also in Tripura. Some were kept on standby in Meghalaya, but were not deployed.
 
"Up until day before yesterday (Saturday), there were about 24 columns in upper Assam and 12 in lower Assam. On ground, however, just eight columns carried out flag marches.

Mayawati demands high-level inquiry into police action on JMI, AMU students

BSP President Mayawati on Monday termed as "unfortunate" the violence in Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia against the amended Citizenship Act and demanded a judicial inquiry.
 
The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister also appealed to all communities to maintain calm after violence rocked the two universities.
 
"The violence against the new Citizenship Amendment Act, first in Uttar Pradesh's Aligarh and then in Jamia University and entire Jamia region in which many innocent students and common people were targeted is very unfortunate and the party is with the victims," she said in a tweet.
 
"Under such circumstances, UP and Central governments should get a high level judicial inquiry conducted into such incidents so as to ensure that original culprits do not go scot free. The police and administration should also act impartially" she said.

Mamata Banerjee takes out a protest march against Citizenship Amendment Act and NRC

Police entered univ campus without permission: Jamia VC Najma Akhtar

Jamia Millia Islamia Vice-Chancellor Najma Akhtar on Monday asserted that the varsity will not tolerate police presence on campus and demanded a high-level inquiry into the crackdown on university students.
 
"Police entered the campus without permission. We will not tolerate police presence on campus. They scared our students with police brutality. There has been huge damage to university property," Akhtar said at a press conference here.
 
"We will file FIR on damage of property and police action on students, we want high level inquiry. I will present facts to the HRD Minister," she added.
Akhtar said the university should not be targeted and its image should not be maligned. 

Must be wary of jihadists getting into student protests, says Sitharaman

I don't know what happened at Jamia last night; we must be wary of jihadists, Maoists, separatists getting into student protests, says Nirmala Sitharaman

BJP flays hartal against CAA in Kerala on December 17

The BJP in Kerala on Monday slammed the state-wide hartal called by a group of outfits on December 17 against the Centre's decision to implement the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), saying it was "unnecessary" and against "national interest." The saffron party veteran and former state president of the BJP alleged the hartal was being organised by some "extremist groups" with the support of ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the opposition United Democratic Front (UDF).
 
The conspiracy carried out by the CPI(M) and the Congress with the terror outfits had come to light through this, he alleged adding they were trying to create communal division among people.
 
"The hartal called on December 17 is unnecessary and aimed at communal and political gains and against the interest of the nation," Rajasekharan said here in a statement.

Students protest across TN against CAA, police action in Jamia University

Students across Tamil Nadu including at IIT, Madras here held protests against Citizenship Amendment Act, as well as the police action against their counterparts in Jamia Millia University in Delhi.
 
Activists of Students Federation of India (SFI) held protests in Chennai, Madurai and Coimbatore railway stations and were removed by the police.
 
At the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, students were seen carrying placards with pictures of Mahatma Gandhi and Babasaheb Ambedkar, condemning both the CAA as well as the police crackdown against students of Jamia Millia University on Sunday.
 
Further, a section of students of the city-based Loyola College staged a sit-in protest expressing solidarity with those from Jamia Millia.

Police entered without permission, scared students with brutality, says Jamia VC

We cannot tolerate police presence on campus, they scared our students with their brutality: Jamia VC Najma Akhtar.

From Lucknow to Hyderabad, protests across campuses against police crackdown in Jamia

Unrest over the police crackdown in Delhi's Jamia Miiia Islamia rippled through the country on Monday with demonstrations in several campuses, including in Hyderabad, Lucknow, Mumbai and Kolkata.
 
The morning after violence broke out in the national capital following protests over the Citizenship Amendment Act, hundreds of students took to the streets demanding a probe into the usage of teargas inside the Jamia library as well as police entering the campus without permission from the varsity authorities.
 
Several Delhi University students boycotted exams to express their solidarity. They said they will gather at India Gate on Monday evening.
 
At ground zero of the student movement, a group of Jamia students stood shirtless in the bone-chilling cold of a Delhi morning to protest the action against their colleagues on Sunday.
 
Slogans of "inquilab zindabad" were heard about 10 students, accompanied by their fellow colleagues, took out a small march, demanding a CBI inquiry into the "police brutality".

Citizenship Act: Several DU students boycott exams, hold protests

Several Delhi University students on Monday boycotted exams and held protests to express solidarity with students of Jamia Millia and AMU protesting against the amended Citizenship Act following which heavy force has been deployed at the Arts Faculty.
 
Sources said students from the English department of the varsity had written to their professors on Sunday night to postpone exams owing to the situation in Jamia but their request could not be considered since it was late.
 
A source said the students were told that since the exams are at the fag end a decision on their postponement was not possible. Also, the varsity can only take a call to postpone exams and not the respective department, the sources said.
 
At the Delhi University, students alleged that police cracked down on peacefully protesting students who boycotted exams.

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh challenges Citizenship Amendment Act in SC

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh challenges Citizenship Amendment Act in Supreme Court, court to hear plea on Wednesday

SC to hear on Dec 18 plea of Cong, ex-Tripura Maharaja challenging Citizenship Act

The Supreme Court on Monday said it will hear on December 18 pleas of the Congress and former Maharaja of Tripura Pradyot Kishor Deb Barman challenging constitutional validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
 
A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde said it will hear the pleas along with other pending matters coming up for hearing on December 18.
 
Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi mentioned for urgent listing the two pleas and said this petition should also be heard along with a similar plea filed by the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), which is coming up for hearing on Wednesday.

Citizenship Act: Global criticism builds against Modi regime

If the public fallout of the Citizenship Amendment Act in the north-east is proving difficult to contain, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah could hardly have expected its huge after-shocks internationally. After the constitutional recalibration of the status of Kashmir had raised critical media responses, India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar observed that India’s reputation is not decided by “a newspaper in New York”...
 

Citizenship Act protests: Two cases filed by Delhi Police

Two cases have been registered in connection with violence at Jamia Millia Islamia and adjoining areas on Sunday following protests against the amended Citizenship Act, according to Delhi Police.
 
The university had turned into a battlefield on Sunday as police entered the campus and also used force, following protest against the Act.
 
"One case has been registered at Jamia Nagar Police Station and another case registered at New Friends Colony Police Station," a senior police official said.

Jamia students stage protest against police action

A group of Jamia Millia students stood shirtless in the bone-chilling cold outside the university gates on Monday to protest the police action against their colleagues a day earlier.
 
Slogans of "inquilab zindabad" rent the air as the group of around 10 students, accompanied by their fellow colleagues, took out a small march, demanding a CBI inquiry into the "police brutality".
 
"Our colleagues have been beaten up badly. The policemen entered bathrooms, libraries and beat up girls. Our protest is against the goons called Delhi Police," said a research scholar who did not want to be identified.
 
As a few women escorted an injured student to narrate their ordeal to the media, some people were seen asking them not to give any statements.
 
"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 the legs and abdomen, said.
 
A women broke down as Khanzala showed his injuries to the media.

Citizenship Act protests: Youth Congress workers wave black flags at Manipur Guv

Youth Congress workers waved black flags at Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla on Monday morning at nearby aluva in protest against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).
 
Heptulla was on her way to board a flight to Lakshadweep from the Nedumbassery airport when the incident occurred.
 
The protesters were removed by police after which the governor proceeded to the airport.
 
According to the amended Act, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014 and facing religious persecution there will not be treated as illegal immigrants, but given Indian citizenship.
Delhi HC declines urgent listing of plea against police action on students of Jamia Millia Islamia University.

Govt is the real culprit : Ghulam Nabi Azad on CAA protests

On the ongoing protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 across the country and with incidences of clashes between protesters and police in Delhi last night, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that "real culprit" is central government that passed the 'unpopular' Bill in Parliament without thinking about its consequences.
 
"The real culprit is the government. It passed the unpopular Bill in Parliament on the basis of their numbers without thinking about its consequences," said Azad.
 
"The people are against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. There are protests everywhere be it West Bengal, Maharashtra, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh. The people are not ready to accept this," he added.

India being thrown into extreme communal divide by Modi-Shah govt : Digvijaya Singh

Amid major protests against the citizenship law across the country, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah of throwing the nation into an extreme communal divide.
 
"Very unfortunate, a nation which went through the trauma of partition and because of the sane leadership of Nehru, Patel, Azad and Ambedkar became the largest successful democracy in the world is being once again being thrown into an extreme communal divide by Modi-Shah government. Sad," Singh said on Twitter.
 
Singh also urged the people of the country to stand together irrespective of their caste, creed or religion to fight this "ugly virus of communal hatred otherwise it would be too late".

Curfew eased off in Guwahati, Dibrugarh

Curfew was on Monday relaxed in Guwahati from 6 am to 9 pm, with the city limping back to normalcy, following week-long protests over the amended Citizenship Act, Assam Police Chief Public Relations Officer Rajiv Saikia said.
 
Night curfew in Guwahati, however, will continue to be in force.
 
Assam's Additional DGP (law and order) G P Singh had on Sunday tweeted that the decision to extend the hours of relaxation was taken in view of the improvement in the law- and-order situation.
 
"The situation having improved considerably, the day curfew is being withdrawn from Guwahati from 6AM of December 16th. Night curfew would remain from 9 PM till 6 AM next day," Singh had tweeted.
 
In Dibrugarh district, curfew has been eased off from 6 am to 8 pm.

Curfew has also been relaxed in Guwahati today between 6 am - 8 pm.

Curfew has also been relaxed in Guwahati today between 6 am - 8 pm.

Repeal controversial Citizenship Act immediately: Amarinder to PM Modi

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has appealed to the Centre to repeal the amended Citizenship Act while urging the Union Home Minister and the Delhi Chief Minister to do all it takes to bring the situation under control.
 
"Disturbed by reports from Delhi in the wake of anti CAB protests....urge (Home Minister) Amit Shah & (Delhi CM) Arvind Kejriwal to do all it takes to bring the situation under control & prevent it from escalating further," Singh tweeted.
 
He also appealed to the Narendra Modi government "to repeal the controversial Act immediately".

After violent protests, traffic movement closed from Sarita Vihar to Kalindi Kunj

Delhi Traffic Police has closed the traffic movement from Sarita Vihar to Kalindi Kunj, road number 13A.
 
In a traffic alert on Twitter, Delhi Traffic Police has advised the people heading towards Delhi from Noida to take Mathura Road, Ashram and DND.
 
"Traffic Alert. Traffic movement is closed from Sarita Vihar to Kalindi Kunj, Road No. 13A. Motorists heading towards Delhi from Noida are requested to take Mathura Road, Ashram and DND and those coming from Badarpur side take Ashram Chowk," Delhi Traffic Police tweeted.

Jamia Millia Islamia University shut till January 5 following yesterday's protests

Those involved in arson can be identified by their clothes: PM on CAB stir

Accusing the Congress and its allies of fuelling violence over the amended Citizenship Act, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the opposition's actions prove that the decision to pass the bill was "1,000 per cent correct", and those indulging in arson "can be identified by their clothes".
 
"The Congress and its allies are stoking fire over the Citizenship Act, but people of northeast have rejected violence," he said during an election rally in Jharkhand.

Govt suppressing the voice of youth with its hollow dictatorship, says Priyanka Gandhi

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra accused the Modi government on Sunday of being "cowardly" as it feared to hear the voice of people and was making its presence felt through "oppression" on students and journalists.
 
"Students are being beaten by sneaking into universities of the country. At a time when the government should listen to the people, the BJP government that time is making its presence felt in the North East, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi through oppression on students and journalists. This government is cowardly," the Congress general secretary said, using the hashtag "Shame".
 
She said the government was afraid of the voice of the people and it was trying to suppress the youth, their courage and resolve with its hollow dictatorship.
 
"Modi ji do hear out that this is the Indian youth, it will not be suppressed and you will have to listen to their voice sooner than later," Priyanka Gandhi said.



Anti-Citizenship Act: Adityanath appeals for peace after clashes in parts of UP

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday night made an appeal to the residents to maintain peace and harmony and not pay attention to rumours, after protests were held in parts of the state, including at Aligarh Muslim University, against the amended citizenship law.
 
In a statement, Adityanath said, "People should not pay any attention to the rumours about Citizenship Amendment Act being spread by some vested interests."

Anti-Citizenship Act protests: Delhi Minorities Commission directs Delhi police to release 'injured' students

The Delhi Minority Commission (DMC) issued a direction to the SHO of Kalkaji Police Station on Sunday night to release the "injured" students of Jamila Millia University held there or take them for treatment at a reputed hospital without any delay.
 
The commission also directed the officer to file a compliance report by 3 pm on Monday.
 
In the order, DMC Chairman Zafarul Islam Khan said failure to implement it will attract appropriate action.

Normal services have resumed at all Delhi metro stations: DMRC

Gates of several stations were closed due to violence following protest and arson against the amended citizenship law in South Delhi on Sunday. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation closed the entry and exit gates of 13 stations for several hours in view of the violent protests near New Friends' Colony.

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