Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) Today Live News Updates: The death toll in protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Uttar Pradesh has soared to 15. Over 600 people, the police said, were taken into custody as part of “preventive action”. However, UP DGP O P Singh denied opening fire on protesters, news agency PTI reported, while suggesting that those who died were caught in cross-firing between protesters.
Meanwhile, in UP’s Rampur, clashes broke out between anti-CAA protesters and police in which several people, including policemen, were injured on Saturday, officials told PTI. Also, protesters in Kanpur torched a police post in Yatimkhana area. Stone-pelting and subsequent use of tear gas shells was also reported
Protests against the citizenship law swelled nationwide and there was a pushback from state governments and even its allies, the ruling BJP was heard climbing down on the plan for a pan-India National Register for Citizens. In Delhi, the police have arrested 15 persons in connection with Friday’s Darya Ganj violence where a police vehicle set ablaze and detained five others in connection with the clashes that took place in East Delhi’s Seemapuri area.
At least 45 people, including 13 police officers, were injured as Walled City protests in the national capital that had largely remained peaceful, turned violent on Friday evening.