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By: Express Web Desk | Lucknow, New Delhi | Updated: December 17, 2019 8:09:23 am
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Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) Protests: Fresh protests erupted outside Jamia Millia Islamia metro station on Monday, a day after the police crackdown on the university students. People were heard shouting slogans against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah and also set effigies afire. This comes as students from IIT Bombay, IIM Ahmedabad, IISc Bangalore, Mumbai University, Delhi University and other deemed institutions stood in support of the students of Jamia who were assaulted by police while they were protesting against the amended Citizenship Act yesterday.

Authorities at Jamia Millia Islamia University on Monday termed Sunday’s police crackdown against its students as a “war-like situation” and demanded a high-level probe into the incident. The Federation of Central Universities’ Teachers’ Associations (FEDCUTA) also demanded a judicial enquiry into the matter to be done by a sitting judge.

As many as 50 students, who were detained during protests at the Jamia Millia Islamia University against the contentious law in the national capital, were released in the wee hours of Monday. While 35 of them were released were the Kalkaji police station, the remaining 15 were released from New Friends Colony. Over 100 people, including students, policemen and firefighters were injured, after cops lobbed teargas shells inside the college campus, forced their way in, and allegedly dragged students out of the library and the mosque, and assaulted them. Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called for a mega rally in Kolkata to protest against the citizenship law.

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Citizenship Act protests: Jamia students released; protests in AMU, Hyderabad and Kolkata. Get latest updates here. Read in Bangla, Malayalam here.

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    04:22 (IST)17 Dec 2019
    Protests across Delhi day after police stormed Jamia campus, targeted students

    While campuses saw demonstrations during the day, the action shifted to India Gate in the afternoon, with groups of people gathering to read out the Preamble to the Constitution. The air resonated with the slogans of “Delhi Police down down”. Read here

    02:21 (IST)17 Dec 2019
    Delhi: Police take down details of people heading to protest site

    A day after it entered Jamia campus, police stopped young men heading to protest site, took down their names, addresses and contact numbers.  

    01:48 (IST)17 Dec 2019
    Students and alumni condemn police action on Jamia and AMU protesters

    Students and alumni from the National Law University expressed solidarity with students from Jamia Millia Islamia, Aligarh Muslim University and other university students protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019. 'We strongly believe in the critical importance of freedom of expression of the student protesters, particularly in a university space where students are taught to think and critically analyse social structures, legal instruments and political power. This is a right that needs to be preserved for the continued sustenance of India as a democracy and a nation that has historically provided a fertile ground for different ideologies and views. We condemn the police action in entering the campuses of Jamia Millia Islamia University and Aligarh Muslim University and violent suppression of students within the hostel and library buildings,' a statement issued by the students said.



    00:35 (IST)17 Dec 2019
    Sonia shedding crocodile tears for students: Nirmala Sitharaman

    Referring to Sonia Gandhi's attack on the NDA government for crackdown on university students and anti-CAA protesters, Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that Sonia Gandhi is shedding crocodile tears for students. "Indira Gandhi had sent students to Tihar," she added.

    00:24 (IST)17 Dec 2019
    Students protest in colleges across Bengaluru

    Student protesters gathered in IISC, Bengaluru Town Hall and other colleges to show solidarity with their counterparts in Delhi.  

    22:59 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Cable TV networks and internet services in Aligarh to remain shut

    Local cable TV networks and internet services in Aligarh to remain shut till Tuesday 10 pm. Schools and colleges will resume regular classes from Thursday onwards.

    22:21 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Aakash Chopra, Irfan Pathan express concern about Jamia students over CAA protests

    Former Indian cricket team seamer Irfan Pathan expressed concern after several students of Jamia Millia Islamia were injured in a police lathicharge during protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act. The injured students were taken to a nearby hospital in South Delhi.

    “Political blame game will go on forever but I and our country is concerned about the students of #JamiaMilia #JamiaProtest,” Pathan wrote on Twitter. Read more

    22:18 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    How Citizenship Law protests, police crackdown on Jamia students resonated across India today

    From the Supreme Court to Kolkata’s Esplanade, from Banaras Hindu University to IIT-Madras, the vortex of the amended Citizenship Act found resonance across the country on Monday, a day after police crackdown on students at Jamia Milia Islamia left over 100 people, including students, policemen and firefighters, injured.

    Meanwhile, fresh protests erupted outside Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), with agitators raising slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah and burning effigies. Read the day's HIGHLIGHTS here

    20:04 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Student protests against CAA on Monday

    Here's how student protests panned out across India on Monday.

    20:02 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Pune: Students of SPPU lend support to CAA protests

    Hundreds of students from various organisations protesting against CAB in solidarity with Jamia Millia Islamia University and Delhi University students at Savitribai Phule Pune University on Monday. (Express photos and videos by Arul Horizon)

    19:50 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Protesters read Preamble at India Gate
    19:40 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Normal services resume at all metro stations: DMRC

    Normal services resume at all metro stations: DMRC

    19:22 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    CAA protests continue in Bengaluru

    Protests against Citizenship Amendment Act continue in Bengaluru. Students from various colleges gather together to express dissent against CAA, NRC and ‘police brutality’ against students of Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi.

    19:08 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Jamia protest: Protesters pass through Zakir Nagar

    A protester holding a placard standing near the Jamia metro station. (Express photo)

    18:59 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Jamia students urge protesters to go back home

    As the protesting crowd at Jamia station tries to push ahead, a group of students from Jamia Millia Islamia try to stop them, urging to find innovative ways to register dissent in a more effective manner. Students urging people to return to their homes and clear the area.

    18:35 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Watch | Protesters burn effigies, shout slogans against PM Modi, Amit Shah

    Fresh protests erupt outside Jamia Millia Islamia metro station.

    18:29 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Modi govt has started a war on country and its people: Sonia Gandhi

    Attacking the BJP-led NDA government over the crackdown on university students and anti-CAA protesters, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi said the Narendra Modi government has started a war on the country and its people.

    In a statement, Gandhi said, “A government’s work is to maintain peace and harmony, to run law and order and save protect the Constitution. But the BJP government has launched an attack on the country and its people.” Read more

    18:06 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Entry and exit gates of Lok Kalyan Marg, Janpath Metro stations closed: DMRC

    Entry and exit gates of Lok Kalyan Marg, Janpath Metro stations closed: DMRC.

    18:05 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Fresh protests outside Jamia station

    Fresh protests erupt outside Jamia Millia Islamia metro station. Sloganeering heard against the prime minister and home minister. Effigies set afire. 

    17:53 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' appeals for calm

    JUST IN: HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' appeals for calm.

    17:52 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    AIIMS students condemn the police action against Jamia students

    The students of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Monday issued a statement in solidarity with the students of Jamia Millia Islamia University.

    17:26 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Priyanka Gandhi protests at India Gate against police action on students

    Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Monday led a sit-in protest at India Gate against police action on students in universities. 

    17:03 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Police stop youngsters at Sukhdev Vihar station

    Police stopping youngsters returning from the protest site at Jamia. This is in front of Sukhdev Vihar station. Police asking them to produce IDs and jotting down the names.

    16:44 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Entry and exit gates of Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan are closed

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

    16:39 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Anti-CAA protests: Kashyap, Taapsee, Konkona support students, condemn police action

    Prominent names from the film fraternity, including director Anurag Kashyap, Taapsee Pannu, Konkona Sensharma and Sudhir Mishra on Monday condemned the police crackdown on students of Jamia Milia while accusing the government of trying to stifle the voices of dissent against Citizenship Amendment Act.

    “This has gone too far.. can’t stay silent any longer. This government is clearly fascist .. and it makes me angry to see voices that can actually make a difference stay quiet,” he wrote on Twitter.

    Other voices from the film industry also condemned the police action inside the Jamia University. Actor Taapsee Pannu said the videos of police action inside the campus were heartbreaking. “Wonder if this is a start or the end. Whatever it is, this is surely writing new rules of the land and those who don’t fit in can very well see the consequences. This video breaks heart and hopes all together. Irreversible damage, and I’m not talking about just the life and property,” she tweeted. Read more

    16:30 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    FEDCUTA demands judicial enquiry into Jamia incident to be done by a sitting judge.

    The Federation of Central Universities' Teachers' Associations (FEDCUTA) holding a press conference at Jamia says they demand a judicial enquiry into the matter to be done by a sitting judge.

    16:26 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    This govt is fascist, can't stay silent any longer: Anurag Kashyap on Jamia incident

    Anurag Kashyap on Jamia incident, "This has gone too far.. can’t stay silent any longer . This government is clearly fascist .. and it makes me angry to see voices that can actually make a difference stay quiet .."

    15:50 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Protests continue at IISc Bangalore against Jamia incident

    Students at IISc Bangalore raise posters in various languages next to main building opposing Citizenship Amendment Act and in solidarity with students of Jamia Millia Islamia University and Aligarh Muslim University.

    15:41 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Government has attacked the Constitution and students: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Jamia incident

    Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Jamia Milia Islamia incident: Government has attacked the Constitution and the students. They attacked students after entering university. We will fight for the Constitution, we will fight against this government.

    15:09 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Entry, exit gates of Jamia metro station shut

    The entry and exit gates of Jamia Millia Islamia metro station are closed. Trains will not be halting at this station.

    15:06 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Delhi Police on Jamia incident: Crime Branch will investigate the matter from all angles

    Delhi Police PRO, MS Randhawa: Around 30 police personnel received injuries, 2 SHO suffered fractures, one of our personnel is in ICU. Two FIRs have been registered for rioting and arsoning. Crime Branch will investigate the matter from all angles.

    Police also refuted rumours going around on social media, saying that no bus was torched by police, no casualities took place in yesterday's incident, and police did not open fire on the students.

    Police also said they are under negotiation with students unions and teachers.

    15:02 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Don't believe in rumours: Delhi Police

    Delhi Police Monday issued a statement on the incidents of violence that took place in the campus of Jamia Millia Islamia on Sunday.

    Delhi Police PRO, MS Randhawa, said, "Yesterday around 2 pm protest happened, locals also participated, our staff showed maximum restraint despite provocations. Around 4:30 pm some protesters went towards Mata Mandir marg and set a bus on fire."

    "There are a lot of rumours going around over this incident (violence near Jamia), I appeal to everyone especially students to not believe in rumours. Action will be taken against whoever is involved in this incident."

    14:35 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Jamia students stage massive protest against police action in Delhi, demand CBI inquiry

    Hundreds of students poured into the streets outside the Jamia Millia University on Monday morning to protest the police action against their colleagues a day earlier. The protesters included women students from several states. Local residents and some guardians also came out in the support of protesting students. A group of students stood shirtless in the bone-chilling cold outside the university gates in the morning as gusts of icy, cold wind felt like blows on their bare bodies. Others formed a human chain in huge numbers to protest against the "police brutality". Slogans of "Inquilab Zindabad" rent the air as protesting students took out a march, demanding a CBI inquiry into the "police brutality". Carrying a tricolour, students clapped and raised slogans against the central government and the Delhi Police. "This government is anti-minority, anti-students, anti-poor. We won't tolerate this. Won't keep mum," they said in unison.

    14:21 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    TISS joins protest against Delhi Police crackdown on Jamia students


    Tata Institute of Social Sciences' students protest against the police crackdown in Delhi on Monday. (Express photo/Abha Goradia)

    14:16 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Nadwatul Ulama students protests in Lucknow


    Nadwatul Ulama students protests in Lucknow on Monday. (Express photo/Vishal Srivastav)

    14:12 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Need of the hour to work together, says PM 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," the Prime Minister tweeted.

    14:10 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Want to unequivocally assure that Citizenship Act does not affect any citizen/religion: PM Modi

    In the wake of incessant protests across the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "Violent protests on the Citizenship Amendment Act are unfortunate and deeply distressing. 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. 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. 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."

    13:56 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Delhi University 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, PTI reported.. 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. 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. s from taking exams and police were there keeping a watch. "We were at the campus just to keep a watch as some students were stopping others from taking exams," said Monika Bhardwaj, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North).

    13:48 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    3 IITs join chorus against crackdown on Jamia, AMU students

    Students from three prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) joined the chorus against the police crackdown on the Jamia Millia Islamia and the Aligarh Muslim University students. The premiere institutions -- IIT Kanpur, IIT Madras and IIT Bombay -- are not the regular ones to join protests and usually stay away from agitations. "They struck down the students' retaliation at Jadavpur University. We didn't respond. They hiked the MTech fee, we didn't respond. Manhandled the student protesters at JNU, we didn't respond. And now its JMI and AMU. Our commitment towards the students' community is under huge jeopardy if we don't respond now. Therefore let's come together for a campus-wide march in solidarity with students of Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University," a poster by students from IIT Kanpur read.

    13:36 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Must be wary of jihadists, Maoists, separatists getting into student protests: Sitharaman

    Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, "I don't know what happened at Jamia last night. We must be wary of jihadists, Maoists, separatists getting into student protests." 

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    Elsewhere in the country, protests spilled over to a third day in West Bengal where at least 15 railway stations and two local trains were vandalised, while an internet clampdown continued in Assam, where the agitation first turned violent last week.

    In Delhi, the day started with students of Jamia organising a “community march” to mobilise people for a Parliament march “in the near future” and inform local residents about the new law, which grants citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians, Jains and Parsis — but not Muslims — who entered the country from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan until December 31, 2014.

    However, as the crowd swelled, a section of protesters grew restive and insisted they march to Parliament today itself. Violence broke out when some protesters tried to reach the Ring Road but were stopped by police from going further.

    The situation on the campus escalated around 6.45 pm, when police personnel in riot gear dragged out four-five students and beat them with lathis before putting them inside a bus. Teargas shells were simultaneously lobbed inside the campus as protesters retaliated by hurling stones at personnel gathered at the gates.

    At around 7 pm, over 100 students were taken out of the campus in a line with their hands in the air. They said they had been brought out from the central library.

    University authorities, meanwhile, dissociated themselves from the protests and said local residents were indulging in stone-pelting and arson.

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed concerns over the "deteriorating law and order situation" and sought an appointment with Union Home Minister Amit Shah in this regard. The Supreme Court, on the other hand, took note of the violence and agreed to hear on Tuesday a batch of petitions on the condition that all rioting must stop.