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Citizenship Act protests Highlights: Mamata holds emergency meet amid violence in Bengal; police put on high alert

Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 Protests in Assam, Tripura, Guwahati, Northeast Today: In the about-two-hour-long meeting at her Kalighat residence, Banerjee directed the officials to take strict action against those indulging in vandalism, an official said.

Written by Tora Agarwala , Abhishek Saha | Agartala, Guwahati, New Delhi | Updated: December 16, 2019 5:02:31 am
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Citizenship Amendment Act protests today Highlights: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held an emergency meeting with senior officers of the state administration and police forces on Sunday night and directed them to remain on high alert, amid incidents of violence in the state, PTI reported. In the about-two-hour-long meeting at her Kalighat residence, Banerjee directed the officials to take strict action against those indulging in vandalism, an official said.

Meanwhile, two more people protesting against the amended Citizenship Act in Assam succumbed to injuries on Sunday. The deceased were identified as Ishwar Nayak and Abdul Alim. Both of them suffered bullet injuries due to police firing during clashes in Guwahati on Thursday, a senior official of the Guwahati Medical College told The Indian Express. With this, the total death toll in the state rose to five in the state. Two people died in police firing on Thursday, while another succumbed to his injuries after an oil tanker was set on fire on Saturday.

Taking a u-turn after voting in support of the Citizenship Bill in the Rajya Sabha, BJP ally Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) on Sunday said it will move the Supreme Court against the contentious bill which was passed by both Houses. “We will not allow the CAB to be implemented in Assam. We will approach the SC against CAB,” Ramendra Kalita, senior AGP leader, told The Indian Express. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that their government is “committed to protect all genuine Indian citizens and the rights of the people of Assam.” Sonowal will also lead a team to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah soon to discuss the ongoing protests in the state.

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Citizenship Amendment Act protests today: Curfew has been relaxed in Guwahati and Dibrugarh in Assam. Follow Highlights here

03:23 (IST)16 Dec 2019
BJP must reconsider CAA in the face of widespread protests: M K Stalin
02:11 (IST)16 Dec 2019
Citizenship Law protests: Two succumb to injuries, death toll in Assam five

The death toll in Assam, where protests against the new citizenship law led to clashes between protesters and security personnel last week, rose to five Sunday as two youths succumbed to their injuries in Guwahati. The family of Ishwar Nayak (25) alleged he was killed in police firing. He succumbed to a bullet injury he suffered during clashes in Guwahati on Thursday, a senior official of the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) told The Indian Express. Read full story

02:01 (IST)16 Dec 2019
Kerala: DYFI organises statewide protest against police action in Jmaia, AMU

Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) organised a statewide protest march on Sunday night against police action on students of Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University, who were protesting against the Citizenship Act. Protesters tried to break a police barricade while raising slogans in support of the students of the two universities. Police used water cannons on the protesters.

01:33 (IST)16 Dec 2019
Gogoi was taken into preventive custody Thursday after agitations against the new law led to violence.

Activist Akhil Gogoi, whose Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) is one of the key organisations behind protests against the new citizenship law, has been booked by the NIA on charges of sedition and under provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for allegedly being an overground worker of the banned CPI (Maoist). In the FIR lodged on Saturday, the agency alleged that Gogoi and several others, “through their visible representation and spoken words… have abetted, incited hatred and caused disaffection towards the government…” Read more

01:16 (IST)16 Dec 2019
 Citizenship Law: As protests flare in Bengal buses, railway stations hit; NIA books Assam activist

VIOLENT PROTESTS against the new citizenship law Sunday spilled over to a third day in West Bengal, where protesters vandalised at least 15 railway stations and two local trains, and blocked roads across the state. And in Assam, where the protests first began last week, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) registered a case against activist Akhil Gogoi, whose Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) has been steering the agitation, for alleged links to Maoists. Gogoi was arrested in Jorhat last week. Read the full story

00:55 (IST)16 Dec 2019
West Bengal Governor summons Chief Secretary, DG Police for briefing on CAA protests

Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Sunday summoned the West Bengal chief secretary and the director general of police to brief him on the situation following violent protests in the state against the amended citizenship law. The two senior officials have been called to Raj Bhawan Monday morning, Dhankhar wrote on his Twitter handle. (PTI)

00:49 (IST)16 Dec 2019
'How can police enter JMU campus without VC' permission...this action is inhuman': Kirti Azad

"The students are the future of this country. Students are here to raise voice against injustice. How can police enter the campus without permission of the Vice-Chancellor?  I have come here as a former student of DU as what has happened is wrong. The police cannot file FIR against students. Videos show how police entered the bathrooms of the campus. We will not let happen. I think this action is inhuman. The norm is to take permission of the administration. Students who were studying in the library were beaten mercilessly," questions ex-Lok Sabha member, Kirti Azad.

00:45 (IST)16 Dec 2019
IIT-Bombay students protest against atrocities against students of Jamia, AMU
00:09 (IST)16 Dec 2019
Watch: ‘India against CAA’ protests witness thousands throng streets of Bengaluru

As protests against the Citizenship Act continued in several parts of the country, over 3,500 people including prominent personalities from different walks of life gathered together in Bengaluru to express dissent against the new law. The Karnataka capital has been witnessing several protests since the Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha last week as the same continued to take place in Sir Puttana Chetty Town Hall on Sunday as well. Read more

23:41 (IST)15 Dec 2019
Patna: Dozen policemen injured in NRC, CAB protest

About a dozen policemen were injured as a group of unidentified protesters marching against the NRC and the citizenship law clashed with the police and later torched a police picket and about 10 motorcycles, four of which belonged to mediapersons. As there was no prior permission for the procession, the police tried to stop them. Over 50 protesters started pelting stones, injuring a dozen policemen. Patna District Magistrate Kumar Ravi said: “Police had to use teargas and mild force to disperse the mob. We are seeing CCTV footage to identify protesters.”

23:37 (IST)15 Dec 2019
TISS students protest against atrocities on Jamia, AMU students

TISS students protest against atrocities on Jamia, AMU students. 

22:49 (IST)15 Dec 2019
Mamata holds emergency meet amid violence in Bengal; police put on high alert

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held an emergency meeting with senior officers of the state administration and police forces on Sunday night and directed them to remain on high alert, amid incidents of violence in the state.

In the about-two-hour-long meeting at her Kalighat residence, Banerjee directed the officials to take strict action against those indulging in vandalism, an official said. (PTI)

22:30 (IST)15 Dec 2019
Manipur police warns of action against those supporting CAA strike

Manipur police Sunday warned people of action if they support a general strike called by four Left-leaning political parties in Manipur on December 19 against the amended Citizenship Act. The development comes three days after Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh issued a similar warning against protestors using violence during the protest.

Clay Khongsai, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Zone-I, said the proposed 12-hour strike is going to give a lot of inconveniences to the people of the state, particularly to the students who are staying outside. Read more

22:06 (IST)15 Dec 2019
'Delhi Police Jamia Chhodo': Slogans raised in front of Delhi HQ in ITO
22:05 (IST)15 Dec 2019
JNU students protest outside Delhi police headquarters

The Delhi Police on Sunday evening entered the campus of Jamia Millia University after protests against Citizenship Act turned violent in South Delhi. They resorted to tear gas shelling and lathicharge inside the campus after tensions erupted in Sarai Juleina and Mathura Road earlier in the day. According to police, four buses were allegedly set on fire after which four fire engines were pressed to service to douse the flames.

JNU teachers' association (JNUTA) condemned the entry of the police in Jamia campus. In a statement, the body said, 'The JNUTA condemns the unauthorised entry of the Delhi Police into the Jamia Millia Islamia campus and the orgy of violence inflicted by them across the campus on students and others. The alleged incidents of arson outside the University by unknown miscreants provide no justification for the police excesses against hundreds of students who have been engaged in a peaceful protest.'

20:37 (IST)15 Dec 2019
Kushwaha criticises Nitish Kumar and JD(U) for supporting new citizenship law

Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha on Sunday criticised Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his party, JD(U), for supporting the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in both the Houses of Parliament and paving the way for it to become a law.

Kushwaha, former Union minister, said the ruling JD(U) has become BJP's 'B' team by supporting the legislation.

"My elder brother Nitish Kumar is in quandary. He met the Assamese delegation on the issue. He went to Assam and opposed the CAB. But JD(U) has surrendered to BJP in Parliament on the issue and become 'B' team of the saffron party," Kushwaha said while addressing a function organised here by RLSP's youth wing to commemorate the death anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. (PTI)

20:32 (IST)15 Dec 2019
Conflict between ideology that divides India and the one which celebrates its diversity: Rajeev Gowda

This is the conflict between two ideologies - one that divides India on the basis of religion and our ideology that wants to celebrate the diversity of India: Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Gowda at India Against CAA protests in Bengaluru.

20:21 (IST)15 Dec 2019
We want democracy, we want pluralism: Ramchandra Guha

This country was founded on the principle of diversity. We want democracy, we want pluralism: Author and historian Ramchandra Guha says during India Against CAA protests in Bengaluru.

19:37 (IST)15 Dec 2019
Curfew in Guwahati to be withdrawn completely from Monday

BJP MLA Himata Biswa Sarma, said,  'Day curfew will be withdrawn completely in Guwahati from Monday, December 16, 2019 as the city is limping back to normalcy. However curfew during nights, from 9 pm to 6 am, will continue for the time being.'

18:10 (IST)15 Dec 2019
Violent clashes in South Delhi, two buses set on fire by protesters

According to Delhi Fire Service, students of Jamia Millia Islamia University blocked the way of one of the fire tenders and damaged it. Two firemen were also injured in the violence, they said. Follow LIVE Updates

Meanwhile, curfew has been relaxed during the daytime in Dibrugarh and Guwahati on Sunday, news agency PTI reported. Curfew has been relaxed in Dibrugarh from 7 am to 4 pm and from 9 am to 6 pm in Guwahati, PTI said.

On Saturday, Guwahati saw long queues at petrol pumps and ATMs as shops opened after three days. The ban on Internet services has been extended to Monday. The All Assam Students’ Union announced that it would start its three-day satyagraha from Monday.

Meanwhile, the National Testing Agency (NTA) has announced that the Joint CSIR-UGC NET scheduled for Sunday had been postponed for candidates appearing for the test in Assam and Meghalaya.

On Saturday, thousands of people, including student leaders, culture icons, and public intellectuals gathered at the 10-hour hunger strike, called by the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), at Assam Engineering Institute ground in Chandmari.

AASU general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi said, “We have announced that protests will be held in daytime till 5pm for a week and normal life will continue parallel to the protest movement. Schools, educational institutes and offices will continue and the protest movement will also continue.” Gogoi said the students’ body has approached the Supreme Court against the citizenship law.