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Citizenship Act Protests LIVE: Over 30 Detained Over Violence in Old Delhi, Protesters Demand Release

Citizenship Act Protests LIVE: BJP ally and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has refused to implement the contentious National Register of Citizens in his state amid intense pan-India protests against NRC and the new citizenship law.

News18.com | December 20, 2019, 22:16 IST
Citizenship Act Protests LIVE: Six people have been killed in anti-Citizenship Act protests across Uttar Pradesh today as protesters clashed with the police in several cities, taking the death toll in the last 24 hours to seven. One person has been killed each in Meerut, Sambhal, Kanpur and Firozabad and two died in Bijnor as the protests turned violent. Around two dozen people have also been injured in the protests. One person had died in the clashes in Lucknow on Thursday.

A car was set on fire on Friday in Daryaganj area of Delhi during a protest against the new citizenship law, in first incident of arson in what had been a largely peaceful day of demonstration in the capital. Police used water cannons and lathi-charged a large group of protesters who were trying to march from the old Delhi to Jantar Mantar. They were stopped at Delhi Gate by police.
Dec 20, 2019 22:16 (IST)

Protests Will Continue Till Bill is Withdrawn: Chandrashekhar Azad | Speaking to reporters, Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad says the protests will continue till the government withdraws the bill. “Police have been attacking us since morning. We have not attacked them. I have evidence to prove that RSS has planned this attack against us. We are not sitting here happily. We are continuing our protest in a peaceful manner. I am ready to be arrested but what will they arrest me for? I have not broken any law. The Police have unlawfully detained our workers. Many are saying that muslims are out on the road. This is wrong. Look at us, we are dalits. 

Dec 20, 2019 22:10 (IST)

After three hours, Daryaganj police station has finally allowed a lawyer to meet the people detained at the station. After meeting the detainees, the lawyers has managed to get a list of the detainees.  

Dec 20, 2019 22:04 (IST)

Curfew will be restricted for 16 hours tomorrow in Assam's Dibrugarh district. 

Dec 20, 2019 21:39 (IST)

36 People at LNJP Hospital after Violence in Daryaganj | According to LNJP hospital, 36 people, including 8 policemen, are curently admitted at the hospital after protests at Daryaganj turned violent. Most of the people at the hospital have suffered head injures. 

Dec 20, 2019 20:14 (IST)

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi has joined the protests at India Gate. "We are witnessing protests across the country. This law is against the poor. Like demonetization, people will now have to stand in lines. The rich will show their passports. what will the poor show? most have no documents with them," she said.  

Dec 20, 2019 19:35 (IST)

6 Killed in UP Today as Protests Turn Violent | Seven people have died in the last 24 hours in Uttar Pradesh as the state has failed to quell anti-CAA protests. One person had died yesterday in Lucknow and five people have been killed today as well. One person each in Firozabad, Kanpur, Meerut and Sambhal and two people in Bijnor have been killed.  

Dec 20, 2019 19:23 (IST)

MS Randhawa, Delhi Police PRO says protests in the morning were peaceful. "Later some people came in and started pelting stones...some police personnel got injured...we have detained some people...we shall give you the numbers soon," he said. 

Dec 20, 2019 19:21 (IST)

Zomato and Dominos suspends its services in part of Delhi due to CAA protests.

Dec 20, 2019 19:07 (IST)

A spokesperson of Ministry of Home Affairs has sent out a detailed tweet, explaining all the provisions pertaining to citizenship in India. 

Dec 20, 2019 18:55 (IST)

Stretch between Mandi House and ITO Closed Due to Protests | The Delhi Traffic Police has closed the stretch between Mandi House and ITO owing to the anti-Citizenship Act protests, which turned violent near Old Delhi. 

Dec 20, 2019 18:34 (IST)

Sonia Gandhi has issued a public statement against the Citizenship Act. She also condemned the police crackdown against the protestors and said that every citizen has a right to protest.  

Dec 20, 2019 18:24 (IST)

A car parked outside DCP office in Daryaganj has been set ablaze.  

Dec 20, 2019 18:14 (IST)

Water canon being used at protestors in Daryaganj. 

Dec 20, 2019 18:11 (IST)

Water Canon in Daryaganj | After a huge crowd had gathered at Daryganj in Delhi, Delhi Police has resorted to using water canons to disperse the protesting crowd.   

Dec 20, 2019 17:48 (IST)

Anti-CAA Protestors Gather at India Gate | Scores of people have again gathered at the India Gate in Delhi to voice their dissent against the new citizenship law and a proposed countrywide National Register of Citizens (NRC). Raising slogans of 'Azaadi', 'No NRC, No CAA', the protesters, most of them college students, are demanding that the new law be repealed.

Dec 20, 2019 17:42 (IST)

Amid Nationwide Anti-CAA Stir, Internet Suspended for 45 Hrs in Major Cities of UP; Services Hit in Bengal | In an unprecedented clampdown, internet services were suspended across major cities in Uttar Pradesh and a few sensitive ones in West Bengal and Karnataka as central and state governments doubled down on efforts to check the spread of rage against the new religion-based citizenship law. Read full story here. 

Dec 20, 2019 17:39 (IST)

More Delhi Metro Stations Shut | Two more Delhi Metro stations, including Kashmere Gate and Central Secretariat, haev been shut down. A total of 17 Delhi Metro stations have now been closed.  

Dec 20, 2019 17:27 (IST)

Citizenship Act Death Toll Reaches 4 | One person has been killed during police firing in UP's Firozabad. This is the fourth death cause due to alleged police firing after protests against the amended Citizenship act turned violent. Yesterday, two people were killed in Mangaluru and one person died in Lucknow, all due to alleged police firing.  

Dec 20, 2019 17:06 (IST)

Entry & Exit Gates of 13 Delhi Metro Stations Closed | The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has closed the gates of 13 metro stations, including the busy Rajiv Chowk, to restrict the movement of anti-CAA agitators in the national capital, which has been witnessing protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

Dec 20, 2019 16:46 (IST)

Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad and others hold a demonstration against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) at Delhi's Jama Masjid after the Friday prayers. 

Dec 20, 2019 16:34 (IST)

Violence Spreads to New Areas in UP | Violence has now spread to more parts of Uttar Pradesh as anti-citizenship law protesters pelted stones at police in Firozabad, Gorakhpur, Bhadohi, Bahraich and Sambhal when they were stopped from taking out rallies after the Friday prayers. Prohibitory orders under CrPC section 144 have been placed in the entire state since Nov 9.

Dec 20, 2019 16:33 (IST)

Entry and exit at three more Delhi Metro stations has been closed. 

Dec 20, 2019 16:27 (IST)

Protest against Citizenship Act in the The Hague. UN's International Court of Justice (ICJ) is located in the city. 

Dec 20, 2019 16:22 (IST)

Fresh Protest in Delhi's Seelampur | A fresh protest has erupted in the afternoon in northeast Delhi's Seelampur. The area also witnessed violence following demonstrations against the Citizenship Act earlier this week. A large number of people started a protest march from Jafrabad to Seelampur shoutin slogans and defying prohibitory orders after attending the Friday prayers at a mosque in the Welcome area.

Dec 20, 2019 16:08 (IST)

Gauhati HC Dismisses Assam Govt's Review Petition on Order to Resume Mobile Internet | The Gauhati High Court has dismissed a review petition filed by the Assam government against its Thursday’s order to resume mobile internet services in the state in the face of the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests. The high court had on Thursday ordered the state government to restore services that had remained suspended for nine days. Read full story here

Dec 20, 2019 15:59 (IST)

Protest at Jamia Millia Islamia continues. 

Dec 20, 2019 15:33 (IST)

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday demanded an apology from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for suggesting a UN-monitored referendum on the amended citizenship law, which has sparked protests in the country. "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. Mamata should apologise," Javadekar told reporters.

Dec 20, 2019 15:29 (IST)

Firing in Bulandshahar | Firing has been reported from UP's Bulandshahar as the protests against the amended citizenship law turned violent and stones throwing also took place, Several protestors and policemen are reported to be injured.  

Dec 20, 2019 15:04 (IST)

No NRC in Bihar: Nitish Kumar | Bihar chief minister and BJP ally Nitish Kumar has said the NRC won't be implemented in Bihar. 

Dec 20, 2019 15:00 (IST)

Violence in UP's Firozabad, Kanpur, Hapur, Gorakhpur  | Protests against the amended citizenship law have turned violent in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur, Firozabad and Hapur. Stones throwing was reported from Firozabad and vehicles have also been torched here, while police resorted to lathi charge in Hapur. 

Citizenship Act Protests LIVE: Over 30 Detained Over Violence in Old Delhi, Protesters Demand Release
A police personnel detains an injured protestor during a rally against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), at Delhi Gate in New Delhi, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. (PTI Photo)

The situation has turned tense in several districts of Uttar Pradesh, with reports of firing and stone-pelting coming from Bulandshahr and violence being reported from Gorakhpur, Firozabad, Kanpur and Hapur. BJP ally and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has, meanwhile, refused to implement the contentious National Register of Citizens in his state amid intense pan-India protests against NRC and the new citizenship law.

Carrying tricolour and 'Save Constitution' banners, thousands of people rallied in the national capital on Friday to continue their stir against the amended citizenship law, even as security forces were put on high alert in various states after at least three deaths during Thursday's nationwide protests.

Mobile internet and SMS services was suspended in parts of Karanataka and in Uttar Pradesh, where fresh clashes erupted between protesters and police in Gorakhpur. Two persons had died in Mangaluru in police firing, while one had died in Lucknow during simultaneous protests across multiple cities on Thursday.

In the national capital, additional security arrangements were made in view of the Friday prayers and prohibitory orders were imposed in sensitive areas.

But a massive protest broke out in the Jama Masjid area soon after the afternoon prayers, while Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad was detained after his outfit held a protest march despite denial of permission from police.

Bhim Army said police first tried to detain Azad at Jama Masjid itself but he managed to get away, before later being detained near Daryaganj. Before being detained, he was heard raising slogans against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and also reading out the preamble of Indian Constitution.

The police was seen using drones to keep a vigil, while Delhi Metro gates were closed at some stations, including in the Old Delhi areas.

The city saw protests at various other locations as well including outside the Jamia Millia Islamia University, with some groups of protesters offering roses to the police personnel to underline peaceful nature of their agitation against CAA and the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Police also carried out a flag march in the north-east district which had witnessed violence on Sunday during continuing protests against the amended law, which seeks to grant speedier citizenship only to non-Muslims facing religious persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

Joint Commissioner of Police Alok Kumar and Deputy Commissioner of Police Ved Prakash Surya were among senior officers present during the flag march.

In the neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, mobile internet and SMS services of all telecom operators remained suspended in Lucknow and various other places on orders from the government.

In Kerala, police has been directed to maintain high vigil in northern districts in the wake of the killing of two persons in Mangaluru in neighbouring Karnataka.

In a Thursday night alert, state DGP D Loknath Behera instructed the force to be on high alert especially in the districts of Wayanad, Kozhikode, Kasaragod and Kannur, an official statement said.

A series of protest marches by different outfits and blocking of trains and buses were reported from various parts of Kerala past midnight after the news emerged about the deaths.

Anti-CAA protesters also blocked Karnataka RTC buses in some parts of Kozhikode and raised slogans against the Mangaluru police action. The Kerala Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has suspended bus services to Mangaluru.

A large number of Congress workers blocked roads and burnt tyres in Kozhikode, while a group of activists also burnt an effigy of Home Minister Amit Shah.

Karnataka police, on the other hand, restricted entry to Mangaluru for those coming from Kerala. At least 50 men and women who had arrived by a train from Kerala were taken into custody for trying to enter the city without identity cards.

Some mediapersons were detained for entering the Government Wenlock hospital where the post-mortem of those killed in the firing on Thursday was underway on Friday morning.

Police sources said protesters defying prohibitory orders attempted to lay siege to a police station in Mangaluru and tried to attack police personnel, following which force was used to disperse them.

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa appealed to people to stay away from 'vested interests' indulging in rumour-mongering and assured his government's commitment to protect the rights of all citizens.

The Karnataka government had on Thursday night also ordered suspension of mobile internet data services for next 48 hours in Mangaluru City and Dakshina Kannada district.

However, mobile internet service resumed in Assam, ten days after it was banned during protests against the new law.

The Gauhati High Court had directed the Assam government to restore mobile internet service by 5 pm on Thursday.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said he will talk to leaders of anti- citizenship law agitation and his government was committed to safeguard the rights and honour of the state's indigenous population.

In UP's Aligarh, a red alert was sounded and the city has been put under a heavy security cover in view of the first Friday prayers since the police crackdown earlier this week on students of Aligarh Muslim University protesting the new law.

Internet services remained suspended for the fifth consecutive day while banking services and businesses have been badly hit in the city, which has been witnessing continued demonstrations for the past few days.

The situation in West Bengal was largely peaceful with no fresh incident of violence, but vigil was stepped up by the police in several parts of the state to prevent any untoward incident during religious gatherings for Friday prayers.

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