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Citizenship Amendment Act Protests LIVE Updates: Two days after violence in Jamia, police holds peace committee meeting

Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) Protest Today Live News Updates: Amid reports of violence in Delhi over the Citizenship Act for the past few days, Union Home Minister Amit Shah Tuesday said that no student but only those engaged in vandalism are facing action.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 18, 2019 2:09:35 am
Demonstrators gather behind a police barricade during a protest against the new citizenship law in Seelampur area of Delhi. (Photo: REUTERS)

Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) Protest Today Live News Updates: Seven persons, including former Congress MLA Asif Khan from Okhla, have been booked for Jamia Nagar violence that broke out on Sunday. Apart from Khan, three of those named in the FIR filed by Delhi Police are student leaders and three others are local politicians.

Amid reports of violence in Delhi over the Citizenship Act for the past few days, Union Home Minister Amit Shah Tuesday said that he has directed Delhi Police to ensure peace in the national capital. He added that no student but only those engaged in vandalism are facing action.

On Tuesday afternoon, a total of 21 people, including 12 cops and three rapid action force (RAF) personnel, were injured in a clash between CAA protesters and the police in northeast Delhi’s Seelampur area, the police said. Five people have been detained, he added. A protest against the Citizenship Act in the area turned violent on Tuesday afternoon as demonstrators allegedly pelted stones at police who then had to resort to tear gas shelling to disperse the mob, news agency PTI reported. Following this, the entry and exit gates at five metro stations in the nearby areas were closed for a few hours.

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01:07 (IST)18 Dec 2019
Mumbai: Protests against citizenship law to intensify

Protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is likely to intensify in Mumbai, with several social organisations, students, political parties and citizens planning to hold a string of marches in the coming days. At a meeting organised by Joint Action Committee for Social Justice in Kurla, representatives from over 200 social organisations also mulled over holding a series of protests against the Act in the coming days. While a major peaceful protest is scheduled for Thursday at August Kranti Maidan, another protest rally is slated for December 27 from Byculla.

00:26 (IST)18 Dec 2019
Students' body condemns FIR against three Jamia students

The Left-backed All India Students' Association (AISA) on Tuesday condemned the Delhi Police's action of filing an FIR against three Jamia Millia Islamia students in connection with Sunday's violence in the area around the varsity. The FIR has been filed against seven persons, including former Congress MLA Asif Khan.  The other six accused persons have been identified as local politicians Ashu Khan, Mustafa and Haider, AISA member Chandan Kumar, SIO member Asif Tanha, and CYSS member Kasim Usmani, police said. Rather than taking action against police officials who unleashed violence on the students, the Delhi Police has filed FIR against student activists of Jamia, the AISA said in a statement.  (PTI) 

00:02 (IST)18 Dec 2019
Held meeting with locals as confidence-building measure: South East Delhi DCP

At the Jamia Nagar Police committee meeting, South East Delhi DCP Chinmoy Biswal said, " We held meeting with locals and listened to their perspective as a confidence-building measure. We appealed to them to maintain law & order, and not pay heed to rumours."

23:38 (IST)17 Dec 2019
Congress to take out marches in all state capitals to mark foundation day

The Congress has decided to take out marches in all state capitals on December 28 to mark its foundation day, a party leader said on Tuesday.
Congress general secretary K V Venugopal said in continuation of the success and momentum generated by the massive Bharat Bachao Rally in Delhi, the party has decided to hold a marches with the slogan “Save India- Save Constitution” at all state capitals under the aegis of respective state units.

23:03 (IST)17 Dec 2019
Peace committee meeting at Jamia Nagar police station

Peace committe meeting is being held at Jamia Nagar Police station.

22:35 (IST)17 Dec 2019
Fresh anti-CAA protests in Delhi's Seelampur area

Fresh protests broke out against the amended citizenship law in Seelampur's Brijpuri area on Tuesday night with people pelting stones on police personnel, PTI quoted officials as saying.  The incident took place at around 8:30 pm, but was brought under control, they said.

20:23 (IST)17 Dec 2019
Nothing anti-minority in the Citizenship Act: Amit Shah

No action against students, but those engaged in vandalism facing action, Shah said. He said that there is nothing anti-minority in the Citizenship Act adding that the Opposition is engaged in a false campaign on CAA. He also said to have  directed Delhi Police to ensure peace in national capital.

20:17 (IST)17 Dec 2019
Govt firm as rock on CAA implementation: Amit Shah

There is no going back on Citizenship Act, government firm like rock on its implementation, said Home Minister Amit Shah. Citizenship Amendment Act will stand legal scrutiny, he added.

19:53 (IST)17 Dec 2019
Situation is under control in Seelampur now, says Delhi Police

Alok Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Delhi Police, said, "No bullet has been fired (in Seelampur). Only tear gas shells used. Situation is under control now. Some police personnel are injured. 2 public transport buses, 1 Rapid Action Force bus&some bikes damaged during the protest."

19:51 (IST)17 Dec 2019
Delhi: Students of Delhi's Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University hold protest over CAA

Students of Delhi's Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University hold protest over Citizenship Amendment Act.

19:46 (IST)17 Dec 2019
Two Madras University students taken in police custody over CAA protests

Two University of Madras students who protested allegedly were taken in police custody. The students alleged that police demanded protests be stopped for their release. Over 60 students are resisting police demand inside the University campus

19:42 (IST)17 Dec 2019
Bengaluru: Nine students detained over CAA protests released

Nine students detained for protesting against CAA, released after 3.5 hours. "We were forced by the police to sign a bond that we would not take part in any protest henceforth but we denied doing so," a student who was released after she was detained for 3.5 hours in SJ Park police station, Bengaluru for participating in CAAProtests said. 

18:50 (IST)17 Dec 2019
Imran Khan made unwarranted remarks on India's internal matters: MEA

MEA, responding to Pakistan's resolution on CAA, said "Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan has once again peddled familiar falsehoods at a multilateral platform to advance his narrow political agenda by making gratuitous & unwarranted remarks on matters entirely internal to India."

 
18:30 (IST)17 Dec 2019
Youth Congress carries out a torch rally in protest of Jamia violence

Youth Congress carries out a torch rally, in protest against the incidents at Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University. Congress leader Harish Rawat is also seen to participate in the protest march.

18:25 (IST)17 Dec 2019
Pakistan's resolution on CAA tries to justify its support to terrorism: MEA

"It's a thinly-veiled attempt by Pakistan to further its false narrative on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. It seeks to provide justification for Pakistan’s unrelenting support for cross-border terrorist activities in India. We're confident that such attempts will fail," ANI quoted MEA as saying.

18:22 (IST)17 Dec 2019
India rejects Pakistan resolution on CAA: External affairs ministry

"The Resolution adopted by Pakistan’s National Assembly yesterday (on Citizenship Amendment Act) makes references to matters that are entirely the internal affairs of India. We categorically reject the Resolution," ANI quoted Ministry of External Affairs as saying.

18:11 (IST)17 Dec 2019
Watch video | On Tuesday afternoon, violent protests broke out in northeast Delhi's Seelampur

On Tuesday afternoon, violent protests broke out in northeast Delhi's Seelampur. Protesters allegedly hurled stones and police ghit back with tear gas shelling.

18:08 (IST)17 Dec 2019
Gates of all five Metro stations have been opened

Gates of all five Metro stations have been opened. They were closed after violence broke out in Seelampur area.

17:55 (IST)17 Dec 2019
Here'e the memorandum opposition leaders submitted to President today

Memorandum submitted by leaders of opposition parties to President Ram Nath Kovind. Opposition leaders urged the President to intervene and advise the Govt to repeal the Citizenship Act.

17:49 (IST)17 Dec 2019
Anti-CAA protest: 19 arrested over violence in UP's Mau

Nineteen people have been arrested here in connection with Monday night's violence, which erupted over police action in Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia, PTI quoted officials as saying. Protesters on Monday had vandalised a police station and torched vehicles as a demonstration against the amended Citizenship Act and police action at Jamia Millia Islamia turned violent here, prompting police to lob teargas shells and fire in the air.

Jamia violence, citizenship amendment act, CAA, what is CAA, what is CAB, CAB, supreme court, student protest, delhi news, india news Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) Protest Today Live News Updates: Police personnel outside the Jamia Millia Islamia University as students stage a protest against the passing of Citizenship Amendment Bill, in New Delhi, Friday. (PTI)

Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) Protest Today Live News Updates:

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court, after hearing the allegations of police excesses on students protesting against the new citizenship law at Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University, said high courts should be approached first. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde said, "We don't want to spend time knowing facts, you should go to courts below first."

The top court said that if anybody commits offence then the police is free to arrest, adding that injured students should get medical attention. It also said that incidents have taken place at various places, one inquiry cannot be ordered in these cases. The court also asked as to how buses were burnt during the protests. CJI Bobde asked the Centre to give details as to why notices were not given to protesters before the arrest and whether medical assistance was given.

On Monday, students from across the country, including from premier institutes such as IIT-Bombay and IIT-Chennai, and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru, protested against the police action.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called for peace and said that “no Indian has anything to worry” over the amended citizenship law, which has triggered a nationwide agitation.

Posting a series of tweets the morning after at least 100 protesters were injured when police stormed the Jamia campus in Delhi, Modi said the “violent protests” were “unfortunate and deeply distressing” and pointed to “vested interests” who “divide us and create disturbance”.

Taking to Twitter to address the protesters, the Prime Minister posted: “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,” he said

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