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CAA, NRC protests HIGHLIGHTS: ‘People will not allow PM Modi attack Constitution, suppress voice,’ says Rahul

Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) Protest Today HIGHLIGHTS: "You could not provide jobs and destroyed the economy, which was our strength, and that is why you are hiding behind hate," Rahul Gandhi said at Rajghat.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: December 23, 2019 10:41:28 pm
“What our enemies could not do, is now being done by Narendra Modi to stall the country’s progress,” Gandhi said.

Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) Protest Today HIGHLIGHTS: During the ‘Satyagraha for Unity’ at Delhi’s Rajghat — a memorial of Mahatma Gandhi — organised by top Congress leadership, led by party chief Sonia Gandhi, to protest against the amended Citizenship Act, former party chief Rahul Gandhi Monday evening accused PM Narendra Modi of spreading hate and trying to break the country. “The country will not let you attack the Constitution, suppress the voice of ‘Bharat Mata’,” he said.

Meanwhile, in Kerala’s Kozhikode, three migrant labourers hailing from Bengal were assaulted by some unidentified people for allegedly taking part in anti-CAA protests Sunday night, PTI quoted the police as saying. The Murshidabad natives were beaten up on Sunday night after they came back from a protest march organised at Nadapuram, the police said.

On the other hand, a Delhi court Monday dismissed the bail plea of the 15 people who were allegedly involved in Delhi’s Darya ganj violence extending their judicial custody by two weeks. Earlier, on Saturday, the court had sent the 15 detainees in two-day judicial custody.  The Delhi Police explained that the 15 were arrested as they had pelted stones and a deputy commissioner of police was injured among others.

Meanwhile, fourteen of the 16 persons who were killed during protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act over the last four days in UP succumbed to “firearm injuries”, senior police officers from eight districts confirmed to The Indian Express. For over a week, the country has witnessed widespread protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), especially in combination with the proposed all-India National Register of Citizens (NRC).

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21:28 (IST)23 Dec 2019
Jadavpur University students, protesting against CAA, thrashed, molested; 3 held

A group of Jadavpur University students who were protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act in Kolkata's Baghajatin area was allegedly thrashed and some of the women taking part in the agitation were molested, PTI quoted the police as saying.

The students held a demonstration on late Sunday night in front of Baghajatin I block when a group of eight people allegedly attacked them with wooden sticks and thrashed the male students and molested the women demonstrators, PTI quoted a senior officer of the Kolkata Police as saying.

"Acting upon credible inputs, three persons have been arrested. They have been booked under relevant sections of the IPC and we are further investigating the matter," PTI quoted the police officer as saying. 

20:52 (IST)23 Dec 2019
Around 140 detained in fresh protests across Delhi

In a fresh wave of protests in Delhi against the new citizenship law, around 140 people were detained even as police stepped up vigil to maintain the law and order situation ahead of Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Protests were held in several parts of the city including, outside the Uttar Pradesh Bhawan, Rajghat, India Gate, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), Assam Bhawan and Delhi University.

In the evening, teachers and research scholars from JMI also took out a candle march at the India Gate, seeking rollback of amendments made in the citizenship law.

A detained person shouts slogans inside a police bus at a demonstration after deadly clashes with police in Uttar Pradesh in fron of the state bhawan in Delhi. (Source: Reuters)

20:17 (IST)23 Dec 2019
People will not let PM Modi attack Constitution, suppress voice of 'Bharat Mata': Rahul Gandhi

In a dig at PM Narendra Modi, former Congress president and leader Rahul Gandhi said the country will not allow an attack on the Constitution in the name of the amended Citizenship Act and suppress its voice.

"PM Narendra Modi should tell the country why he is suppressing voice of students and why they are not getting jobs. You have been taught how to break country and spread hatred; you are number one in that," Rahul said.

He further said, as Modi could not provide jobs and destroyed the economy, he chose to hide behind the hate.

"What our enemies could not do, is now being done by Narendra Modi to stall our progress," he said.

(Source: Twitter/Congress)

19:45 (IST)23 Dec 2019
Film, cultural personalities take out protest march in Kochi

Apart from several groups of protests taking place in Kochi, a collective of film and cultural personalities marched on the streets protesting against the new citizenship law. Shouting "Azadi" slogans, director and chairman of the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy Kamal, award-winning actress Nimisha Sajayan, directors Rajiv Ravi and Ashiq Abu and actress Reema Kallingal joined the long march of the film and cultural personalities.

19:42 (IST)23 Dec 2019
Will not implement NRC in Andhra Pradesh: CM Jagan Mohan Reddy

Andhra Pradesh CM Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy refused to implement the proposed NRC in his state. "My government is against the NRC and will not implement it in the state.

Earlier in the evening, at the Congress dharna against the new citizenship law, Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath and Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot pledged to not implement the law in their states.

Apart from them, Weste Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray vehemently oppose the amended Citizenship Act.

19:27 (IST)23 Dec 2019
PFI's UP head, two others of Islamic outfit arrested for violence in Lucknow: Police

The Uttar Pradesh Police said they have arrested the state head of Islamic outfit Popular Front of India (PFI) and his two aides for allegedly masterminding violence in Lucknow during the protests against the new citizenship law, PTI reported.

"We have got success in arresting the mastermind of Lucknow violence. Wasim, Nadeem and Ashfaq of PFI have been arrested by police. While Wasim is state head, Ashfaq is treasurer and Nadeem is a member of PFI," PTI quoted Lucknow SSP Kalanidhi Naithani as saying.

During interrogation, Nadeem and Ashfaq told the police they made the strategy for the protest that turned violent in state's capital on December 19 and published on social media, PTI quoted the SSP as saying.

19:21 (IST)23 Dec 2019
Let's meet, plan a protest, save democracy: Mamata Banerjee writes to opposition parties

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee writes to CMs and senior leaders of opposition parties amidst protests against the CAA urging all to work together. 'Let's meet and chalk out a plan to protest and save our democracy,' Mamata wrote, according to PTI. 

19:10 (IST)23 Dec 2019
Peaceful anti-CAA protests continue in Assam

Protests against the new citizenship law in the form of sit-ins continued in Assam. Former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, who was the founder of the Asom Gana Parishad which is an alliance partner of the ruling BJP in the state, joined a sit-in at the Gandhi Mandap, a memorial for Mahatma Gandhi atop the Sarania Hill in Guwahati with his party colleagues to protest.

People staged protests in several parts of the state holding up the symbol of Assamese culture — Gamosa - with 'No CAB' and 'We oppose CAB' written on them.

18:35 (IST)23 Dec 2019
Modi Govt implementing NRC via NPR: Owaisi

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi alleged that the BJP government had already started work to make a national registry through the National Population Register. He further demanded that Modi should clarify whether Union Home Minister Amit Shah had lied when he informed Parliament that the National Register of Citizens would be implemented.

"I don't know why the Prime Minister is misleading the nation. It does not befit his office," he said speaking to reporters in Hyderabad.

-PTI inputs

18:17 (IST)23 Dec 2019
Ex Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah visits hospital in Mangaluru, meets injured

On December 19, anti-CAA protests took place in Mangaluru, which later turned violent leading to two deaths after police firing.

18:05 (IST)23 Dec 2019
Anti-CAA protests: 104 held, thousands booked in 3 districts

Over 100 people are under arrest and more than 12,000 have been booked in three districts of Marathwada in connection with violence during protests against the new citizenship law in the central Maharashtra region last week, PTI quoted officials as saying.

The protesters on Friday pelted stones and damaged public and private property during the agitation in the districts of Parbhani, Hingoli and Beed. The police said of the 12,000 cases registered, around 104 people have been arrested so far. 

"So far, 47 people have been arrested from areas under three police stations in Parbhani. The search is still on for more stone pelters," Assistant Superintendent of Police (Parbhani city) Nitin Bagate told PTI.

17:30 (IST)23 Dec 2019
Kerala: 3 labourers attacked for taking part in anti-CAA protests in Kozhikode

Three migrant labourers hailing from West Bengal were assaulted by some unidentified people for taking in protests againt the new citizenship law that took place near Kerala's Kozhikode on Sunday night, PTI quoted the police as saying.

'We have registered a case against four unidentified persons based on the complaint of the migrant labourers. The complaint says around four suspects came to their rented house and started beating them with sticks and bricks,' PTI quoted the police as saying.

The labourers also claimed that the assailants donned saffron shawls and asked them why they took part in the anti-CAA protest in Kerala, the police said. 'They threatened us and said that this was just a warning,' PTI quoted one of the labourers as saying.

17:23 (IST)23 Dec 2019
Siddaramaiah demands judicial probe into Mangaluru violence

Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah has demanded a judicial probe by a sitting high court judge into the December 19 police firing that claimed two lives during the anti-CAA protests.

"Firing is done by the police. CID inquiry will be done by the police. Then how it is possible to know the truth? I demand a judicial probe in this case," he told the media at Mangaluru.

“I am regularly collecting information about the incidents in Mangaluru. I request everyone to maintain peace and harmony," he said.

Criticising CM S Yediyuruppa for defending the police for firing, Siddaramaiah said, “The CM has already given a clean chit to the police by saying they have not done any mistake. Was he an eyewitness?"

Earlier in the day, the CM said the state government has decided to conduct both a CID and magisterial inquiries into the violent protests in Mangaluru against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

17:01 (IST)23 Dec 2019
Muslims flourished in India but Hindus tortured in Pak: BJP's J P Nadda in Kolkata

BJP working president J P Nadda, addressing a rally in Kolkata, said the amended law does not take away citizenship from people, instead, it grants it. He claimed that the TMC in Kolkata among other opposition parties misguided people about the Citizenship Amendment Act. 'Muslims flourished in our country, but Hindus were tortured in Pakistan,' he said.

(Source: Twitter/BJP)

16:50 (IST)23 Dec 2019
Delhi: Manmohan Singh reads out preamble to Constitution at Rajghat

The Congress' protest at Rajghat, led by Sonia Gandhi, has begun where the top party leaders are demanding that the rights of the people as enshrined in the Constitution be protected.Former PM Manmohan Singh read out the preamble to the Constitution.

The party held that in line with Mahatma Gandhi's path of non-violence, it will fight against the the "dictatorial" government and protect the "sacred" Constitution.

The Congress said there is widespread resentment against the recent actions of the BJP government, where people across the country, especially the youth, are demanding the restoration and maintaining the sanctity of rights guaranteed by the Constitution.

(AP photo)

16:27 (IST)23 Dec 2019
Delhi: Congress leaders reach Raj Ghat to protest against new citizenship law, NRC

Congress leaders including — former PM Manmohan Singh, former party president Rahul Gandhi, party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad, MP CM Kamal Nath, Ahmed Patel and Anand Sharma — have arrived at the Raj Ghat, Mahatama Gandhi's memorial, to protest against the amended Citizenship Act and the impending NRC. Earlier today, Rahul Gandhi wrote on Twitter and appealed the students the youth to join him at 3 pm at Raj Ghat to raise voice against the law. “Dear Students and Youth of India, It’s not good enough just to feel India. At times like these it’s critical to show that you’re India and won’t allow India to be destroyed by hatred. Join me today at 3 PM at Raj Ghat, to protest against the hate and violence unleashed on India by Modi-Shah,” he wrote.

16:14 (IST)23 Dec 2019
Thousands join 'Peace Rally' in Bengaluru

Thousands of people took to the streets in Bengaluru and staged a 'Peace Rally' demanding the withdrawal of the new citizenship law and proposed NRC. The rally was called by around 35 organisations under the banner of Joint Action Committee of Bengaluru and gathered at the Quddus Saheb Eidgah Maidan.

The road traffic was badly hit at several parts of the city due to the protest, which by-and-large remained peaceful, PTI quoted the police as saying.

16:06 (IST)23 Dec 2019
Delhi: 15 detainees held in Darya ganj violence get two-week judicial custody

The Delhi court has dismissed the bail plea of 15 people who were arrested in connection with the Darya ganj violence extending their duration of judicial custody to two weeks. On Saturday, the 15 detained were remanded for two days in judicial custody.

Metropolitan Magistrate Kapil Kumar dismissed the bail applications, saying there was no sufficient ground to grant them the relief.

The police told the court that the detainees had pelted stones and deputy commissioners of police was injured among others.

Seeking bail for the arrestees, senior advocate Rebecca John said that the accused should not be kept behind bars since the police did not have the CCTV footage or any other evidence against them. "Section 436 (mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy house, etc) of IPC does not apply. Do they have any proof, CCTV footage etc. against them," John asked.

-PTI inputs

15:27 (IST)23 Dec 2019
Delhi Police detains 46 students at UP Bhawan

Around 46 students, who were prepping to protest outside the Uttar Pradesh Bhawan today, were detained. The students were protesting against the UP Police's action during the anti-CAA demonstrations in the state and demanded the resignation of CM Yogi Adityanath. Among the detained were 27 women. The pupils were detained as soon as they reached the venue and taken to the Mandir Marg police station, they claimed.

-PTI inputs

15:08 (IST)23 Dec 2019
Hyderabad: TRS student wing holds protest, rounded up by cops

A group representing the TRS students' wing staged a protest near Charminar in Hyderabad. However, they were taken away to Charminar police station within minutes, as they did not have permission.  

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Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests HIGHLIGHTS:

On Sunday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah of destroying the future of the country’s youth and said that they are “hiding behind hate” to escape their anger over lack of jobs and state of economy.

Congress general secretary K C Venugopal Sunday said, "Senior Congress leaders will undertake a satyagraha at Mahatma Gandhi's Samadhi at Rajghat, December 23 from 3 pm to 8 pm. In line with the path of non violence, yet consistent and unequivocal opposition shown by the Father of the Nation, the party's satyagraha will fight against this dictatorial government and to protect Baba Saheb's (B R Ambedkar) sacred Constitution."

Venugopal said in a statement that there has been widespread resentment against the recent actions of the BJP government, among people across the country, especially amongst youth demanding the restoration and maintaining the sanctity of rights guaranteed by the Constitution. "The dictatorial and stubborn BJP government at the Centre and in different states has used indiscriminate police force against ordinary citizens in the name of maintaining law and order," he said. This, he said, has led to further worsening and spiralling of the situation. "The Congress is committed to upholding the principles enshrined in the Constitution and fight for the continuation, maintenance and safeguard of the rights of all, as enshrined and guaranteed by our founding fathers," the leader said.

The party is up against the government for using "brute" force against "silent and peaceful" protesters across the country and for "stopping" people from holding demonstrations against the new citizenship law and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), proposed to be imposed across the country.

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