Demonstrators protest against the new citizenship law in the Seelampur area of New Delhi. Photo: Reuters
Citizenship Act Protest Live Updates: A day after angry protesters demanding scrapping of the amended citizenship law torched several motor bikes, pelted stones at police personnel and damaged buses and a police booth in Delhi, the Supreme Court of India on Wednesday issued notice to the Centre on 60 petitions challenging the contentious law. The court announced that it would take up the case on January 22 and refused to stay operation of Citizenship Amendment Act.
Among those who filed the petitions were senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, the Indian Union Muslim League and Asom Gana Parishad, an ally of the ruling BJP in Assam.
Unrest over the Delhi and Lucknow police crackdown in Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) spread across the country in the past two days with demonstrations being held in several campuses, including in Hyderabad, Lucknow, Mumbai and Kolkata. Protests over the amended Citizenship Act stretched into fifth day in West Bengal, with agitators on Tuesday blocking roads and railway tracks in parts of the state.
Section 144 to be imposed in Bengaluru, Mangaluru from tomorrow: Police
Bengaluru and Mangaluru update: Section 144 imposed for next three days. According to police, the orders in Bengaluru would be in force starting from 6 AM on Thursday morning to December 21 midnight. The ban in Mangaluru would be for two days from Thursday morning till Saturday midnight, the commissioners of police of the two cities said in their separate orders.
Prohibitory orders imposed in Mangaluru, Bengaluru in the wake of CAA protests: Police
Prohibitory orders clamped in Bengaluru, Mangaluru in the backdrop of protests against CAA, says police. The orders come after Mangaluru Police Commissioner P S Harsha warned against holding protests over the Citizenship Amendment Act without permission. He urged people and organisations to express their opinions on the issue within the boundaries of law and order.
Did not seek interim stay on Citizenship Amendment Act, says Congress
Did not seek interim stay by Supreme Court on amended citizenship law, alleges that "misinformation" was being spread and asserts legislation goes against India's global obligations, says Congress.
5 people injured in Bengal's North Dinajpur district amid CAA protests
Five people injured after crude bombs hurled at protest against citizenship law in West Bengal's North Dinajpur district, says police.
Sahitya Akademi awardee Jayashree Goswami Mahanta promises to distribute prize among victims' families
Assamese novelist Jayashree Goswami Mahanta on winning Sahitya Akademi award said, "not as happy as I should be" and promised to distribute prize money among families of those killed during CAA protests. Four people died during violent protests against Citizenship Amendment Act.
Savitribhai Phule University students take out 'torch procession' in solidarity with Jamia, NCP MP Supriya Sule joins rally
Students of Pune's Savitribhai Phule University took out a 'torch procession' to protests against Citizenship Act and expressed solidarity with Jamia Millia. Supriya Sule, NCP MP from Baramati in Pune district, also took part in the procession.
25-year-old man from Odisha attempted self-immolation at India Gate to protest against CAA
A 25-year-old man from Odisha attempted self-immolation near Rajpath to protest against Citizenship Amemndment Act. He has been admitted to Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia hospital for medical treatment.
According to Delhi Police, the 25-year-old man who attempted self-immolation near Rajpath today is mentally unstable.
Kanhaiya Kumar joins Jamia protest, says NRC more dangerous than Citizenship Amendment Act
Kanhaiya Kumar joined the protest outside the Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi and said the demonstration was not just a fight to protect Muslims, but to protect the entire country. Expressing concern over NRC, Kanhaiya dubbed National Register Citizens act more dangerous than Citizenship Amendment Act. "If the NRC is implemented pan-India, we all will have to stand in long queues like the demonetisation days," he said.
West Bengal BJP head Kailash Vijayvargiya stopped on his way to Mushidabad
On my way to Murshidabad, many goons surrounded our car in Navagaon. I'm not allowed to go to a programme that I had to attend. There is an attempt to stop us, on directions of Mamata Banerjee. I condemn this, says West Bengal BJP chief Kailash Vijayvargiya.
Thousands march on streets in Mumbai's Mumbra against CAA
Several protesters flock the streets in Mumbai's Mumbra to stage anti-CAA protests, says PTI. Mumbra is a predominantly a muslim township.
Assamese community in Pune protest against Citizenship Amendment Act
Assamese community members stage protest in Pune against Citizenship Act, claiming it endangers culture of Assam and ignores sentiments of people of north-eastern state, reports PTI
No threat to Indian muslims due to CAA: Minority Affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
No threat to citizenship of any Indian Muslim or any other citizen under CAA, said Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
Police monitoring some social media handles to check spreading of misinformation
Police monitoring some social media handles to check spread of false and fake information.
Jamia teachers take out peace march against Citizenship Amendment Act
Jamia Millia teachers take out peace march against Citizenship Amendment Act, reports PTI
BJP MPs Nishith Pramanik, Khagen Murmu arrested on way to visit violence-hit Malda, Murshidabad
BJP MPs Nishith Pramanik, Khagen Murmu arrested while trying to visit violence-hit areas of Malda district, according to report.
Internet suspended in UP's Azamgarh for 48 hours over anti-CAA protests
Protest against the amended Citizenship Act turned violent in Uttar Pradesh's Azamgarh, with police using mild force to disperse the agitators who hurled stones at them, prompting authorities to suspend Internet services for 48 hours.
Delhi court dismisses bail of an accused, says similar behaviour may occur if released
Jamia nagar violence update: A Delhi Court has dismissed the bail of one of the accused Mohd Hanif. Court observed there is reasonable apprehension that he might indulge in similar behaviour if released at this stage which could not be conducive to maintenance of peace and harmony
Manithaneya Makkal Katchi protest outside TN CM's house
Manithaneya Makkal Katchi hold protest against Citizenship Amendment Act outside the residence of Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Edappadi K Palaniswami.
BJP delegation on way to violence-hit Malda, Murshidabad stopped by police: Party leaders
BJP delegation, on way to visit violence-hit Malda and Murshidabad districts, stopped by police, said Party leaders.
Mamata is bound to accept Citizenship Amendment Act, says Governor Dhankar
West Bengal Governor Dhankhar said that he was pained too see a deep sense of fear in people of Malda and Murshidabad, and expressed interest to visit the affected areas. He said, "I've indicated to senior most bureaucrat &DGP that I'd like to visit the affected areas." Dhankar aslo said, "Citizenship Act doesn't affect the interest of any Indian citizen."
On CM Mamata's protests on CAA, Dhankar added, "An elected government is fully bound by the law of the land. The CM took oath to act according to the Constitution, and this law is part of the Constitution."
Weste Bengal CM Mamata lashed out at Amit Shah for bringing in amended Citizenship law. She urged the Union Home Minister to ensure that the country does not burn over amended citizenship law.
Mamata further said questioned the need for Aadhhar as a proof and asked the BJP leader why the need to link it with everything. "BJP wants to turn the entire country into a detention centre but we will not let that happen," she added. Mamata hitting out at BJP said that the party promised 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas' but in reality they are bringing disaster for everyone.
2 arrested today for violence in Northeast Delhi, says Delhi Police
Delhi Police says situation in the tnion territory under control. No violence today, however, 2 people were arrested regarding violence in Seelampur and adjoining areas. The police also said that they are coordinating with Facebook and Twitter to monitor fake and false information on social media. Appropriate action against individuals spreading such information will be taken, they added.
Allegations of CPI(M) doublespeak on CAA false, says party
The CPI(M) on Wednesday denied allegations that it had supported the Citizenship Amendment Bill and said that at no time did the party demand exclusion of Muslim migrants from being considered for citizenship.
BJP has been citing the letter written by Prakash Karat, the then General Secretary of the Party, on May 22, 2012 to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh demanding that Bengali refugees be given citizenship by amending the Citizenship Act.
"The BJP, in order to defend the indefensible Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), is accusing the CPI(M) and the Communists, in general, of doublespeak on the question of giving citizenship to Bengali refugees from East Pakistan and later Bangladesh. The BJP is twisting the facts to make this false allegation," the party said in a statement.
It said that the CPI(M) had always wanted Bengali minority refugees from erstwhile East Pakistan and later Bangladesh to be given citizenship.
Ruckus in Maharashtra Assembly after Ashok Chavan dubs CAA unconstitutional
The Maharashtra Assembly witnessed din on Wednesday when the opposition BJP objected to a Congress leader's comments that the amended Citizenship Act should not be implemented in the state.
After the House assembled for the day, senior Congress leader and former chief minister Ashok Chavan dubbed the new citizenship law as "unconstitutional" and said it should not be implemented in the state.
However, Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis objected to Chavan's demand.
Citizenship Act: Supreme court turns down petition to stop implementation of citizenship law
Supreme court turns down petition to stop implementation of citizenship law. It refused to stall the implementation of a new law that lays out a path for non-Muslim minorities from some neighbouring countries for Indian citizenship, despite violent protests across the country.
Supreme Court issues notice on a batch of nearly 60 petitions challenging the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019
Supreme Court issues notice on a batch of nearly 60 petitions challenging the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.
Anti-Citizenship Act protests: Six arrested for Seelampur violence
The Delhi Police has arrested six people in connection with the violence that ensued in Seelampur following protests over the Citizenship Amendment Act.
Two FIRs were registered in connection with the case on Tuesday and six people were arrested on Wednesday, police said
Citizenship Act protests: Curfew relaxed for 14 hours in Shillong
Curfew was relaxed for 14 hours in Shillong on Wednesday even as the ban on mobile internet services will remain in force, officials said.
The curfew was relaxed from 6 am in areas under Lumdiengjri police station and Sadar police station limits, an order issued by East Khasi Hills District Magistrate M W Nongbri said.
Curfew will be reimposed in these areas from 8 pm till further orders.
Banks, markets and shops were open and vehicles were plying on the roads.
Citizenship law protesters will be organizing a prayer meeting at Students Field here later in the day.
The state cabinet on Tuesday had approved a resolution to bring the state under the Inner Line Permit (ILP) regime.
IIM-B students speak up: This time, we felt we have to do something
At the Indian Institute of Management (IIM-B) in Bengaluru, students and some of the faculty sent an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday as they geared up for a peaceful demonstration in tandem with other campuses in the city.
The open letter expressed support for students around the country protesting the Act. “We call upon you to not trample the democratic rights of citizens to peacefully protest an unjust law," reads the letter. “Non-violent civil disobedience is at the heart of our republic’s founding. We urge you to ensure that students can protest peacefully, and that violence is not incited by anyone including custodians of state in positions of great authority and responsibility."
Students of institutes like IIM-B rarely voice their opinions openly and are usually not politically active.
Maybe it's coincidence, maybe planned: Sushant on 'Savdhaan India' axing
Actor Sushant Singh on Tuesday said it was unclear whether he was let go from "Savdhaan India" because of his participation in the protests against Citizenship Amendment Act or there were budgetary constraints behind his firing from the crime show.
The actor, who has been associated with the TV show as its host since 2012, shared the news about his exit on Twitter, hinting his involvement with the protests may have been the reason, saying it was a "small price" to pay for speaking up.
"And, my stint with Savdhaan India has ended," Sushant wrote on the microblogging site.
Normalcy returns to Guwahati, mobile internet services suspended
Normalcy returned in Guwahati while the curfew imposed in Dibrugarh was relaxed for 14 hours since 6 am on Wednesday.
The curfew imposed in Guwahati, the gateway to the Northeast, on December 11 in the wake of protests against the citizenship law was lifted on Tuesday following improvement in law and order, officials said.
No fresh incidents of violence have been reported in Assam on Wednesday morning.
Businesses and banks in Guwahati were open and vehicles plied the roads but schools and colleges were closed.
Mobile internet services remained suspended.
Traffic Police have advised commuters coming from Noida to take DND or Akshardham route to reach Delhi
Heavy traffic on DND Flyway. Road No. 13A between Mathura Road-Kalindi Kunj & Okhla underpass going towards Kalindi Kunj have been closed for vehicular movement.