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Citizenship Act protests HIGHLIGHTS: 17 dead in three days of protests in Uttar Pradesh

The death toll in protest-related violence in Uttar Pradesh in three days rose to 17, with two deaths being reported from Meerut and Kanpur on Sunday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 22, 2019 10:23:40 pm
Citizenship Act, Citizenship Act protests, Citizenship Bill protests, CAA protests, CAB protests, Citizenship Amendment Act, Citizenship Amendment Bill, India news, Indian Express The Opposition is trying to frame the CAA debate as a rich vs poor issue, underlining repeatedly that it is the latter who would have to stand in lines, like during the note ban, to prove their citizenship. (File Photo)

Amid protests against the amended Citizenship Act, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said his government’s schemes had never discriminated on the basis of religion and assured people that the Citizenship law and proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC) had nothing to do with Muslims. In one of his longest speeches that spanned over an hour at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan, barely a km away from Old Delhi’s Daryaganj area that was hit by violence two days ago, PM Modi accused the Opposition of stoking fears and misleading people over the amended Citizenship law.

To which, the Congress reacted sharply by calling the amended law anti-Muslim and asserted the government had created an “environment of fear, uncertainty”. Modi drew flak for his speech from various quarters, including Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who accused the PM of misleading the country in his name, PTI reported.

The death toll in protest-related violence in Uttar Pradesh in three days rose to 17, with two deaths being reported from Meerut and Kanpur on Sunday.

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra visited Bijnor in UP on Sunday and demanded judicial probe into the deaths of two youths, killed during violent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Gandhi met family members of the two youths earlier in the day.

Uttar Pradesh DGP OP Singh on Sunday denied permission to the delegation of Trinamool Congress leaders who were planning to visit the families of those killed in the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests in the state. Led by senior party leader Dinesh Trivedi, the delegation, including MPs Pratima Mondal, Mohammad Nadimul Haque and Abir Biswas, was expected to reach Lucknow on Sunday.

On the other hand, the BJP on Saturday announced it will run a nationwide campaign in the next 10 days to “expose” the “conspiracy” of Congress, TMC and Left parties to “spread hatred and violence” in the country over Citizenship Act. The party’s national general secretary Bhupinder Yadav said the party will go door-to-door as part of its nationwide campaign and connect with 3 crore families.

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As protests over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act rage across the country, a team of TMC leaders will visit UP today. Follow this space for LIVE updates

22:11 (IST)22 Dec 2019
Pune: Pro and anti-CAA rallies held in city

Two separate rallies supporting and opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) were held on Sunday evening in Pune and nearby Pimpri-Chinchwad township. Both the protests were peaceful.

21:19 (IST)22 Dec 2019
India is moving in same direction as that of 'Hitler's Nazi Germany': Prafulla Kumar Mahanta

Former Assam chief minister and senior AGP leader Prafulla Kumar Mahanta on Sunday said that India is moving in the same direction as that of "Hitler's Nazi Germany". He further added that he will continue to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Act on every platform despite his party supporting it in the Rajya Sabha and still being part of the BJP-led alliance in the state and at the Centre. (PTI)

20:48 (IST)22 Dec 2019
Cong, JDS leaders trying to mislead people on CAA-NRC: Yediyurappa

Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa on Sunday charged the opposition Congress and JDS leaders with trying to mislead the minorities by making false claims and whipping up their emotions over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC). He asserted that the opposition to CAA and the proposed NRC have no base and fears on the issue were unfounded. (PTI)

20:19 (IST)22 Dec 2019
Doctors travelling to anti-CAA protest sites to give medical attention to protesters

A group of doctors are travelling to the sites in Delhi where protests against the amended citizenship act are taking place, in order to provide immediate medical attention to any injured protester. (PTI)

20:14 (IST)22 Dec 2019
Congress kicks off 800-km long 'Padayatra' in Assam to protest against Citizenship Amendment Act

Protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act continued on Sunday with the Opposition Congress kicking off an 800-km long 'Padayatra' from Sadiya to Dhubri. (PTI)

20:03 (IST)22 Dec 2019
Citizenship law violence: Death toll in UP's Kanpur rises to 3

A 30-year-old man succumbed to his injuries at a hospital on Sunday, taking the death toll in Kanpur during protests against the amended citizenship law to three. The death toll due to protest-related violence in Meerut rose to five on Sunday, taking the total number of deaths in the three days of protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act in Uttar Pradesh to 17. (PTI)

19:23 (IST)22 Dec 2019
Delhi: LGBTQ community members express concern over countrywide NRC

Members of the LGBT community gathered at Jantar Mantar on Sunday and expressed concern that a countrywide National Register of Citizens will lead to their "exclusion" if their family disowns them or the sexes mismatch in the documents. (PTI)

18:48 (IST)22 Dec 2019
PM slams Mamata for 'changed' stand on citizenship issue, 'spreading rumours'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday hit out at West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee over her opposition to the amended citizenship law and the proposed nationwide NRC and accused her of changing her earlier stand on infiltrators due to "vote bank" politics. (PTI)

18:43 (IST)22 Dec 2019
Delhi: Public meeting explaining citizenship law held in Nizamuddin

Hundreds of people gathered at a public meeting in Musafir Khana Park in Nizamuddin Basti on Sunday to hear about the impact of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the proposed all-India NRC. Former JNU student and activist Umar Khalid explained the implications of the CAA and said that the most important fight right now was to save the country. "No one can scare the people of India. I salute all the people out on the streets," he said, addng, "How do we prove our loyalty to our own country? The Indian Muslims are not accidental Muslims, but are Indian Muslims by choice." (PTI)

18:34 (IST)22 Dec 2019
UP: BJP hits back at SP for criticising citizenship law

Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh on Sunday challenged Samajwadi Party leaders to visit West Bengal and see for themselves how the Trinamool Congress (TMC) runs the government in the state. "Please tell the SP to visit Bengal and see how the TMC runs the government there. How they (TMC) chop off the hands of those unfurling flags (of other parties). How they cut the throat. Tell the SP to go to Bengal and unfurl its party flag there and field a candidate against the TMS," Singh said. (PTI)

18:27 (IST)22 Dec 2019
UP: Rampur admin taking steps to attach properties of 25 vandals in anti-CAA protests, says DM

The Rampur administration is taking steps to attach properties of 25 people, identified as those vandalising public properties during violent protests against the amended citizenship law, officials said on Sunday. "We have procured CCTV footage and identified so far 25 people involved in the violence. FIRS are being registered and the process has begun to attach their properties and further actions as needed," Rampur District Majistrate Aunjaneya Singh told PTI.

18:19 (IST)22 Dec 2019
Congress misleading Muslim community on CAA: Pralhad Joshi

Union minister Pralhad Joshi on Sunday accused the Congress of inciting violence by misleading the Muslim community over the CAA as it was 'unable' to accept the "phenomenal rise" of the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's stature. Joshi challenged the Congress to prove one negative point in the newly-enacted CAA and claimed that none of its leaders, either in the Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha, could raise any substantial and logical issues over the legislation. (PTI)

18:13 (IST)22 Dec 2019
Mangalore firing: Karnataka CM Yediyurappa defends police action

Karnataka chief minister B S Yediyurappa Sunday defended the police for opening fire on CAA, NRC protesters which killed two people Thursday in Mangalore. Addressing media at his residence in Bengaluru, Yediyurappa said, “Police resorted to firing when the mob tried to storm the police station and loot the arms. When mob tried to disturb peace and indulge in arson and looting, should the police keep quiet? Are police not duty-bound to protect the innocents and property?”

18:03 (IST)22 Dec 2019
UP govt alleges Islamic outfits PFI, SIMI behind violence

The UP government blamed "outsiders" for the violence during protests against the amended Citizenship Act and said that six people from West Bengal associated with Islamic outfits PFI and SIMI have been arrested. Authorities "detained" a Trinamool Congress delegation at Lucknow airport when it was heading to meet the families of those killed in the clashes.

17:57 (IST)22 Dec 2019
Anti-CAA protests held at Connaught Place in Delhi

Students, doctors, artists gathered at Delhi Central Park in Connaught Place to protest against the amended citizenship law and the proposed all-India NRC. A newly-formed group called 'Delhiites For Constitution' organised the protest, where protesters held up placards with slogans like : 'My name is Khan and I am an Indian', 'It is so bad that even engineers are here', 'Make India Democratic Again'.

17:49 (IST)22 Dec 2019
Won’t let Amit Shah step out of Kolkata airport if CAA not withdrawn: Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind leader

West Bengal minister and state president of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, Siddiqullah Chowdhury, Sunday said Union Home Minister Amit Shah would not be allowed to step out of the airport whenever he visits Kolkata if the Citizenship Amendment Act is not immediately withdrawn. Read here

17:31 (IST)22 Dec 2019
Peaceful march against CAA, NRC held in Jaipur

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday led a peaceful march called the 'Samvidhan Bachao rally' against the amended citizenship law and demanded that the centre repeal the act, saying it is against the constitution and an attempt to divide people in the name of religion. Jaipur Police Commissioner Anand Srivastava said nearly 3 lakh people attended the march. (PTI)

17:22 (IST)22 Dec 2019
Priyanka Gandhi visits Bijnor, meets kin of two killed in anti-CAA protests

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra visited Bijnor in UP on Sunday and met the families of two people killed in the recent violence over the amended Citizenship law. (PTI)

17:20 (IST)22 Dec 2019
Citizenship law and NRC have nothing to do with Muslims: PM Modi

Amid protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said his government's schemes had never discriminated on the basis of religion and assured the people that the Citizenship law and proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC) had nothing to do with Muslims. Read here

17:10 (IST)22 Dec 2019
Bengaluru: Citizenship law supporter attacked after rally

A 31-year-old man was allegedly attacked in Bengaluru on Sunday with sharp weapons by a group of people while he was returning after participating in a demonstration in support of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. (PTI)

Citizenship Act, Citizenship Act protests, Citizenship Bill protests, CAA protests, CAB protests, Citizenship Amendment Act, Citizenship Amendment Bill, India news, Indian Express In Uttar Pradesh, the death toll rose to 15 on Saturday as one more death, that of an eight-year-old boy, was reported from Rampur district. (File Photo)

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has repeatedly spoken out against the citizenship law and the nationwide NRC over the last five days and condemned the manner in which police have handled protesters in different parts of India. Banerjee has already announced that the citizenship law and NRC will not be implemented in Bengal.

During a rally on Friday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention and requested that the citizenship law be revoked, calling it an anti-people law. She also urged the PM to withdraw plans for a nationwide NRC.

On Saturday evening, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath made an appeal to religious leaders and intellectuals to help the administration maintain peace and to spread “actual information” on the CAA. Internet has been suspended in several major cities of the state, including Lucknow.

Violence was also reported from Bihar, with at least 24 people receiving injuries, including bullet injuries. There was large-scale vandalism and disruption of rail and road traffic during a bandh called by opposition parties against the CAA.

In Delhi, that saw violent clashes Friday, security remained tight in the affected areas of Old Delhi and Seemapuri. Bhim Army chief Chandra Shekhar Azad, who had evaded police all through Friday, was finally arrested around 2 am on Saturday after he emerged from the Jama Masjid and surrendered. He was sent to judicial custody for 14 days.

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