Citizenship Act Protests LIVE: Priyanka Gandhi stages protest against police violence in Jamia at India Gate
Priyanka stages protest against police violence in Jamia at India Gate
Congress leaders led by party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra held a dharna at the India Gate on Monday in solidarity with students protesting against the amended Citizenship Act.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the two-hour protest, which began at 4 pm, is to express solidarity with students from Jamia Millia Islamia University and other places.
Police had used force against students on Sunday after a protest against the amended law turned violent in which buses were torched.
The Congress general secretary was joined by leaders like Ahmed Patel, A K Antony, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Randeep Singh Surjewala, besides hundreds of party workers.
Before sitting on the dharna at the India Gate lawns, Priyanka Gandhi cited Delhi Police action against Jamia university students to hit out at the Modi government, saying the atmosphere in the country has become "bad".
"The country's atmosphere is bad. Police is entering university to beat up (students). The government has tinkered with the Constitution. We will fight for the Constitution," she said.
Congress spokesperson Surjewala said the two-hour protest, which began at 4 pm, is to express solidarity with students from Jamia Millia Islamia University and other places.
Thousands of students across India took to the streets demanding a probe into the use of teargas inside the Jamia library as well as police entering the campus without permission from university authorities on Sunday.
Jamia turned into a battlefield on Sunday as police entered the campus after a protest against the amended citizenship law near the varsity turned violent.
Earlier, Congress and several opposition political parties condemned the alleged police "brutality" against students of Jamia and demanded a judicial inquiry into it.
"How could the police enter Jamia and unleash such brutality on the students when the university authorities did not allow the police to enter it," Azad asked.
At a press conference, Congress leaders Azad and Kapil Sibal, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, CPI's D Raja, RJD's Manoj Jha, SP's Javed Ali Khan and Sharad Yadav condemned Sunday's police action against Jamia students.
Azad also rejected the charges levelled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the Congress was behind the violent protests. "It is wrong to make such accusations and we condemn it," he said.
Yechury demanded a probe by a Supreme Court judge in the incident. "Whoever gave the permission to allow the police to enter the Jamia campus should be brought to book and punished," he said.
He said it was not a Hindu-Muslim issue and asked people not to fall prey to rumours as the act was an affront to the Constitution.
"It is the ruling party and Government of India which are behind the violence. Had the government not brought in this law, there would not have been such violence. It is the prime minister, home minister and the Cabinet who are responsible for this violence" he alleged.
Raja said that those who gave the orders for police entry in Jamia should be bought to book
Entry & exit gates of Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan are closed
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC): Entry & exit gates of Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan are closed. Trains will not be halting at Patel Chowk and Udyog Bhawan. https://t.co/by9Pw1FUUG— ANI (@ANI) December 16, 2019
Govt has attacked the Constitution and the students, We will fight for the Constitution of India, says Priyanka Gandhi
Finally the Campaigner in Chief took some time off to notice our country is burning, says Congress
"Finally the Campaigner in Chief took some time off from rumour mongering & spreading falsehoods to notice our country is burning," tweeted Congress
Entry & exit gates of Jamia Millia Islamia are closed. Trains will not be halting at this station
Jamia Millia Islamia metro station's entry and exit gates were closed on Monday following a protest by students against Sunday's police action.
"Entry and exit gates of Jamia Millia Islamia are closed. Trains will not be halting at this station," Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) tweeted.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC): Entry & exit gates of Jamia Millia Islamia are closed. Trains will not be halting at this station. pic.twitter.com/ghn8nq89Bv— ANI (@ANI) December 16, 2019
Delhi Police Crime branch to investigate Jamia violence; cops appeal to students not to pay heed to rumours
Few people took money from BJP and indulged in vandalism and arson, alleges Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee amid violence in Bengal
We will continue our protest till the Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens (NRC) are withdrawn, says Mamata Banerjee
Internet services suspended in Assam for another 24 hours, till Tuesday
Nadwa college has been closed till 5th January, 2020
Nadwa college has been closed till 5th January, 2020. A protest had broken out at the college today, against Citizenship Act
Violent protests on CAA are unfortunate and distressing, says PM Modi tweets
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 (@narendramodi) December 16, 2019
Centre muzzling protests, should re-think on CAA, says NCP
The NCP on Monday attacked the Centre over police crackdown on those protesting the amended Citizenship Act in Delhi, saying such "muzzling" of voices was unfortunate, and asked the BJP-led dispensation to re-think over the new law given the opposition to it.
Unrest over the police crackdown in Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia and the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) rippled in angry waves through the country on Monday with demonstrations in several campuses, including in Hyderabad, Lucknow, Mumbai and Kolkata.
Where is the Home Minister, asks Sitaram Yechury
We would like to know who gave orders which allowed Delhi Police to enter. Where is the Home Minister? We will take this movement forward across India: Sitaram Yechury
AASU leaders taken into custody along with over hundred protesters during rally in Guwahati
AASU chief advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya and general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi were taken into police custody on Monday along with more than a hundred protesters during a rally in Guwahati against the citizenship law, officials said.
The AASU's three-day 'Satyagraha' began in the morning and the leaders addressed the protestors at the Latasil playground before beginning a march towards the deputy commissioner's office.
"We have information that we might be arrested but we want to make it clear that our demand is withdraw CAA or arrest us," Bhattacharya said in his address to the protesters.
IIM Bangalore students write to PM Narendra Modi against police crackdown on Jamia, AMU students
We are here to condemn what happened in Jamia, says Sitaram Yechury
We are here to condemn what happened in Jamia. This is unacceptable. No police can enter the University without permission. They switched off the lights and beaten up students, says Sitaram Yechury.
"We would like to know who gave orders which allowed Delhi Police to enter. Where is the Home Minister? We will take this movement forward across India."
Not a state left where the amended Citizenship Act has not been condemned, says Congress
Not a state left where Citizenship Act has not been condemned. Police can't enter into university premises without permission of Vice Chancellor. If they weren't permitted, how did Police, which comes under Central govt, enter into the campus? We condemn it. There should be a judicial inquiry, says Ghulam Nabi Azad.
It's not the voice only of our political party but the voice of Opposition as a whole. Whatever happened yesterday at Jamia University started yesterday but such protests against CAB started the day it was passed in the parliament, says Ghulam Nabi Azad.
"People are being killed in Assam. Curfew has been imposed. The internet is not working. Agitation is happening on a large scale in the country against the CAB."
Opposition leaders address the media on Citizenship Amendment Act
Opposition delegation to meet President Ramnath Kovind tomorrow afternoon
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee takes out a protest march against Citizenship Amendment Act and NRC
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hit the streets of Kolkata on Monday along with thousands of partymen and vowed not to allow the proposed country-wide NRC and the amended Citizenship Act in West Bengal.
The TMC supremo began the protest march from Red Road in heart of the city, and it is set to culminate at Jorasakho Thakur Bari, the residence of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore in north Kolkata, around 4 km away.
"We will never allow NRC and CAA in Bengal," Banerjee said as she read out an 'oath' for her party workers.
Police entered our campus without permission, students were studying and working: 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.
"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
There has been a lot of property damage in the University,how will all this be compensated? There has been an emotional loss as well. Yesterday's incident was unfortunate. I also appeal to everyone to not believe in any kind of rumours , says Najma Akhtar.
There has been a strong rumour that two students died, we deny this totally, none of our students died. About 200 people were injured of which many were our students, said Jamia VC Najma Akhtar
25-30 per cent AMU hostels vacated, rest expected to be vacated by evening, says Aligarh SSP
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.
After a scuffle between police and students in Delhi Univresity
After a scuffle between police and students in Delhi University. Some students have been detained at Maurice Nagar Police Station.
Delhi Minorities Commission seeks information from students and others injured in Jamia protest
MANUU students protest against Citizenship Act and in support of Jamia students
Citizenship Act, NRC weapons of mass polarisation: Rahul Gandhi
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday termed the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens as "weapons of mass polarisation" unleashed by fascists on India and said the best defence against them is peaceful satyagraha.
Gandhi said he stands in solidarity with those protesting peacefully against them.
"The CAB and NRC are weapons of mass polarisation unleashed by fascists on India. The best defence against these dirty weapons is peaceful, non violent Satyagraha. I stand in solidarity with all those protesting peacefully against the CAB and NRC," he said on Twitter.
Protests at Lucknow's Nadwa University, day after police crackdown at Delhi's
Protests in Nadwa college against Citizenship Amendment Act. Police has closed the gate of the college from outside. Slogans in support of Jamia students raised by protesters.
Superintendent of Police Lucknow, Kalanidhi Naithani said, There was stone pelting for about 30 seconds when around 150 people had come out to protest and raise slogans. Situation is normal now. Students are going back to their classrooms.
CAA: Kerala Guv asks protesters to shun violence
Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan on Monday appealed to those protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) to desist from indulging in any violence as none had the right to take law into their own hands.
His remarks came hours after various students and youth outfits staged unprecedented protests across the state, including in front of his official residence, Raj Bhavan here, against the police action in Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi in connection with the CAA.
SC hearing on Tuesday on violence against students in protests at Jamia, AMU
Supreme Court hearing tomorrow on violence against students in protests at Delhi's Jamia, Aligarh Muslim University in UP
SC agrees to hear matter concerning violent incidents at Jamia Millia Islamia University and AMU on Tuesday,
Plea moved in HC against police action on students at Jamia Millia Islamia University on Sunday nig
Delhi HC declines urgent listing of plea against police action on students of Jamia Millia Islamia University
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 against 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.
"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.
Case against Delhi Police lodged at NHRC
A case has been filed against the Delhi Police for its alleged action at the Jamia Milia Islamia University, at the National Human Rights Commission.
Complainant Saurabh Das has alleged that "on the night of December 15, the Delhi Police under the command of Deputy Commissioner of Police-South East" had "brutally assaulted" students of the varsity.
The complaint further alleges vandalisation of the building by the cops, restriction from allowing lawyers to meet students and even detention of a minor.
In a statement, the complainant alleged that the Delhi Police personnel "harassed female students by forcing them to remove their hijab".
It further stressed on the forcible entry of policement inside the university campus.
"The honourable Commission is requested to take up this matter at the earliest in view of its seriousness and impact on the right to life and liberty of those protestors."
On Sunday, anti-CAA protests turned violent when buses were torched and public properties were destroyed. It was followed by police-students clash that turned ugly.
Concerned about Jamia students: Irfan Pathan on CAA protest
Veteran Indian pacer Irfan Pathan has expressed concern after several students of Jamia Millia Islamia University were injured in a police lathicharge during protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act which turned violent on Sunday evening.
"Political blame game will go on forever but I and our country is concerned about the students of #JamiaMilia #JamiaProtest," Pathan said on Twitter.
Jamia institute likely to address media at 11.30 am
Jamia Millia Islamia is likely to hold a press conference on Monday at 11.30 am on the police action against university students.
JUST IN: Jamia Millia Islamia likely to hold a press conference today at 11.30am on the police action against university students @IndianExpress— Ritika Chopra (@KhurafatiChopra) December 16, 2019
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, he told PTI.
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.
Protestors had torched four public buses and two police vehicles as they clashed with police in New Friends' Colony near Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi during a demonstration against the amended Citizenship Act on Sunday, leaving nearly 60 people including students, cops and firefighters injured. "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".
Singh on Thursday had said the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was a direct assault on India's secular character and Parliament had "no authority" to pass a law that "defiled" the Constitution and violated its basic principles.
Any legislation that seeks to "divide the people of the country on religious lines is illegal and unethical, and could not be allowed to sustain," he had also said in a statement.
Situation tense in Jamia Millia Islamia, many students decide to leave for home
The situation in Jamia Millia Islamia, which witnessed protests against the amended Citizenship Act, remained tense on Monday morning and many students decided to leave for their homes, sources said.
The university had turned into a battlefield on Sunday as police entered the campus and also used force, following protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act, which led to violence and arson.
According to sources, the situation continues to be tense with many women students preferring to leave the campus for their homes.
Many students feel they are not safe even inside the campus. The varsity had declared winter vacation from Saturday till January 5 and even postponed the exams.