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Citizenship Act protests HIGHLIGHTS: Crackdown on students assault on soul of India, says Priyanka Gandhi

Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests: The Opposition parties united against the newly enacted citizenship law and condemned the police action in Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia on Sunday.

By: Express Web Desk | Kolkata, New Delhi | Updated: December 17, 2019 8:08:29 am
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Citizenship Act protests: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Monday said the Citizenship Act is an assault on the soul of India and each member of her party will fight Modi government which is turning dictatorial. Speaking at the India Gate, where Priyanka Gandhi sat on a dharna in solidarity with the students protesting against the Act, she said, “Students have a right to raise their voice. This country is theirs.” Police had used force against students of Jamia on Sunday after a protest against the amended law turned violent in which buses were set on fire.

Earlier in the day, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hit the streets of Kolkata today and said she will continue her protests until the NRC and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) are rolled back. Reading out an oath to thousands gathered, Mamata reiterated that she will not allow the NRC and Citizenship law in the state.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed for peace and called the protests against citizenship law “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,” he tweeted.

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Protests against Citizenship Amendment Law are underway across India. Opposition parties have condemned the violence in Jamia. Read highlights in Malayalam, Bangla


    02:25 (IST)17 Dec 2019
    Delhi: Police take down details of people heading to protest site

    A day after it entered Jamia campus, police stopped young men heading to protest site, took down their names, addresses and contact numbers.  

    01:49 (IST)17 Dec 2019
    Students and alumni condemn police action on Jamia and AMU protesters

    Students and alumni from the National Law University expressed solidarity with students from Jamia Millia Islamia, Aligarh Muslim University and other university students protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019. "We strongly believe in the critical importance of freedom of expression of the student protesters, particularly in a university space where students are taught to think and critically analyse social structures, legal instruments and political power. This is a right that needs to be preserved for the continued sustenance of India as a democracy and a nation that has historically provided a fertile ground for different ideologies and views. We condemn the police action in entering the campuses of Jamia Millia Islamia University and Aligarh Muslim University and violent suppression of students within the hostel and library buildings," a statement issued by the students said.

    00:33 (IST)17 Dec 2019
    Sonia shedding crocodile tears for students: Nirmala Sitharaman

    Referring to Sonia Gandhi's attack on the NDA government for crackdown on university students and anti-CAA protesters, Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that Sonia Gandhi is shedding crocodile tears for students. "Indira Gandhi had sent students to Tihar," she added.

    22:37 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    J&K administration advises students to maintain peace, nominates 6 liaison officers for assistance

    In the wake of the protests and violence over the Citizenship Act in various educational institutions across the country, Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday advised the students hailing from the Union Territory, including those studying elsewhere in the country, to “refrain from any such activity which can disturb peace and harmony”. Read more...

    21:51 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    No clarity on Citizenship Act: Uddhav Thackeray

    Maharashtra CM and Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray in Nagpur: The questions we asked in Lok Sabha on Citizenship Amendment Bill were not answered. There is no clarity on the Citizenship Act.

    20:11 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Focus of the state govt is to maintain peaceful situation: Mamata to Bengal Guv

    West Bengal CM has written to Governor Jagdeep Dhankar, the letter states, "Really sorry to see your frequent tweets and press briefings criticising state government. The prime focus of the state administration is to maintain a peaceful situation against what is going on throughout the country."

    20:01 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    No provision in CAA can take away anyone's citizenship: Amit Shah

    Amit Shah says, "I appeal to students to understand the Citizenship Amendment Act. There is no provision in CAA that takes away anyone's citizenship. Congress, AAP and  TMC are misleading you and creating an atmosphere of violence across the country."

    19:34 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Modi govt has started a war on country and its people: Sonia Gandhi

    Attacking the BJP-led NDA government over the crackdown on university students and anti-CAA protesters, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi said the Narendra Modi government has started a war on the country and its people.

    In a statement, Gandhi said, “A government’s work is to maintain peace and harmony, to run law and order and save protect the Constitution. But the BJP government has launched an attack on the country and its people.” Read more...

    19:29 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    CPI(M) to file petition in SC against CAA: Sitaram Yechury

    CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury: CPI(M) is filing a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the CAA. It will be done maybe today. It's all ready.

    19:25 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Won't bow down before hatred politics: Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

    West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said, 'Why will there be divide and rule policy? Why will there be hatred? I am not going to bow down before hatred politics. I am confident people who believe in hatred politics will go out, and we, the people who love this country will stay here. (Photo: ANI)


    19:05 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    At India Gate on Monday, the main demand was 'take back CAA'

    At India Gate on Monday, the main demand was 'take back CAA'

    19:00 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    AK Antony: All important opposition leaders will meet President of India tomorrow

    Congress' AK Antony, after party's symbolic protest over police action during students' protests in Jamia Millia Islamia and  Aligarh Muslim University said, "Tomorrow under the leadership of Congress President Soniaji, almost all important opposition leaders are meeting President of India." 

    18:43 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Students have a right to raise their voice, this country is theirs: Priyanka Gandhi

    'All should oppose Citizenship law. Students have a right to raise their voice. This country is theirs,' said Priyanka Gandhi. 'Why is PM Modi silent on assault on women, economy, joblessness and what happened yesterday against students,' she asked.

    18:10 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    India is a democracy not autocracy, says Priyanka Gandhi

    Holding a dharna at Delhi's India Gate over the assault on students of Jamia Milia Islamia University, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Monday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak on the issue. "Students are the soul of the nation. The incident was an assault on the Constitution. Students were dragged and beaten. Students have the right to protest. India is a democracy not autocracy," Priyanka Gandhi said.

    17:46 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    WB Guv asks Mamata to personally update him of situation in state

    After West Bengal chief secretary and director general of police failed to turn up to brief him on the current situation in the state over the violent protests against the amended Citizenship act, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Monday asked Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to personally update him on it. He took to Twitter to express his displeasure over the absence of the two senior most officials of the state government despite his summons and described it as "unfortunate and unexpected".

    17:31 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Kolkata to North Bengal and North East Bengal trains suspended in view of CAA protests

    All trains between Kolkata and North Bengal, Northeast suspended in view of anti-citizenship law protests, said officials. Trains between West Bengal and the Northeast have come to a complete halt with the Eastern Railway suspending all its services to the northern region of the state, officials said on Monday.
    Eastern Railway (ER) spokesperson Nikhil Chakraborty said no train was running beyond Malda.
    Officials said all trains originating from Howrah, Sealdah and Kolkata stations towards north Bengal have been suspended till further notice keeping in mind the safety and security of passengers.

    17:20 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Jagdish Tytler arrives for Congress' symbolic protest near India Gate

    Jagdish Tytler arrives for Congress' symbolic protest near India Gate over police action during students' protests in Jamia Millia Islamia (Delhi) & Aligarh Muslim University.

    17:01 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Government has pushed country into a storm of violence: Sonia Gandhi

    The government has pushed the country into a storm of violence, and burnt to ashes the future of the youth, says Sonia Gandhi in a press statement. 

    16:37 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    CAA doesn't make any immigrant Indian citizens automatically: MHA

    CAA doesn't make any immigrant Indian citizens automatically. They will have to apply online and qualifications will be as per rules that are being framed under the law: MHA sources

    16:35 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Assam violence: 190 people arrested last week

    BJP MP Hemanta  Biswa Sarma said 190 people were arrested in Assam in connection with violence last week. Twenty-seven injured were admitted to Guwahati Medical College. Out out of them, four died, 13 have been discharged and the remaining are still being treated.

    16:29 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Priyanka Gandhi sits on symbolic protest at India Gate

    Priyanka Gandhi sits on a symbolic protest at India Gate to express solidarity with the students who faced coercive action by the police on Sunday. (Photo: ANI)

    16:20 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Congress, TMC, AAP Aare indulging in appeasement politics: Sambit Patra

    Congress, TMC, AAP Aare indulging in appeasement politics, said Sambit Patra. "We should all heed the CJI who said whoever we are we have no right to play with fire, destroy public property. We should pay heed to the prime minister of this country who has said there should be no violence, arson in the name of dissent, debate," said Sambit Patra.

    16:16 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Owaisi acting as new Jinnah, Amanatullah is competing with him: Patra

    Conspiracy of Congress and certain other political parties said Sambit Patra. "Owaisi is acting as a new Jinnah of this country. Amanatullah Khan is competing with Owaisi in that," he added.

    16:13 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Condemn Opposition for misleading people: BJP's Sambit Patra

    BJP's Sambit Patra: We condemn the attempt of the Opposition to mislead people in the name of the Citizenship Bill. We condemn their attempt to divide the country into Hindus and Muslims... The Citizenship Bill and the Citizenship (Amendment) Act will not strip any community of any citizenship rights.

    16:07 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Priyanka Gandhi to stage sit-in got two hours at India Gate shortly

    Priyanka Gandhi will stage a sit-in got two hours at India Gate shortly, says Randeep Surjewala at Congress presser.

    15:26 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Government has attacked the Constitution and students: Priyanka Gandhi on crackdown on Jamia

    Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Jamia Milia Islamia incident: Government has attacked the Constitution and the students. They attacked students after entering university. We will fight for the Constitution, we will fight against this government.

    14:56 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    CMs of MP, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Kerala — all are against the Citizenship Act: Mamata Banerjee

    CMs of MP, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Kerala — all are against the Citizenship Act, said Mamata Banerjee in Bengal rally

    14:49 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Only BJP will remain here and everyone else will be made to leave — it's their politics: Mamata

    Mamata Banerjee: Only BJP will remain here and everyone else will be made to leave — it's their politics. It'll never happen. India is everyone's. Agar sabka sath nahi rahega toh sabka vikas kaise hoga? Who is the #CitizenshipAct for? We're all citizens. Didn't you cast vote? Don't you live here?

    14:26 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Don't know what happened at Jamia, but...: Nirmala Sitharaman

    A day after violence erupted in parts of south Delhi over the new citizenship law, Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said the police must be wary of “jihadists, Maoists, separatists” infiltrating student protests. “I don’t know what happened at Jamia last night; we must be wary of jihadists, Maoists, separatists getting into student protests,” she told news agency PTI. She accused the Congress of “whipping up people’s emotions” on issues like the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), saying it shows their “frustration”.

    14:25 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Visuals from Mamata's Kolkata rally

    Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hit the streets of Kolkata on Monday along with thousands of partymen and vowed not to allow the proposed country-wide NRC and the amended Citizenship Act in West Bengal.

    14:12 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    CAA violence unfortunate, deeply distressing: PM Modi

    Amid the nation-wide protests against Citizenship Act, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the demonstrations "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," he tweeted.

    PM Modi also "unequivocally" assured the citizens that the Citizenship law doesn't affect any citizen of India of any religion. "No Indian has anything to worry regarding this Act. This Act is only for those who have faced years of persecution outside and have no other place to go except India," he wrote. "The need of the hour is for all of us to work together for the development of India and the empowerment of every Indian, especially the poor, downtrodden and marginalised. We cannot allow vested interest groups to divide us and create a disturbance."

    14:08 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    What is Home Minister Amit Shah's response on the use of force on Jamia students: Sitaram Yechury

    CPI-M's Sitaram Yechury said what happened in Jamia with students is totally unacceptable in a democracy. "Delhi Police under Centre, what is Home Minister Amit Shah's response on the use of force on Jamia students. Citizenship bill cannot be linked to religion, it is not a Hindu-Muslim issue."

    14:06 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Demand judicial probe in Jamia protests: Ghulam Nabi Azad

    "We condemn police entry in Jamia Millia and use of force on students. How did Delhi Police enter Jamia when university admin did not give permission. How could police enter the library and toilets in Jamia as students were screaming for help? We demand judicial probe into Delhi Police action in Jamia," Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said. He also rejected BJP's allegation that Congress is fueling the protests. "Absolutely baseless," he said. 

    13:33 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Will never allow NRC and CAA in Bengal: Mamata at Kolkata rally

    Banerjee took to the streets along with thousands of partymen, and vowed not to allow the proposed country-wide NRC and the amended Citizenship Act in the state. "We will never allow NRC and CAA in Bengal," Banerjee said as she read out an 'oath' for her party workers.

    13:22 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Mamata Banerjee reaches rally venue

    West Bengal Chief Minister reaches the venue where she will hold a mega rally against the amended Citizenship Act.

    (Express Photos by Shashi Ghosh)

    12:54 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Kerala: BJP flays state-wide hartal against CAA on December 17

    The BJP in Kerala on Monday slammed the state-wide hartal called by a group of outfits on December 17 against the Centre's decision to implement the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), saying it was "unnecessary" and against "national interest." The saffron party veteran and former state president of the BJP alleged the hartal was being organised by some "extremist groups" with the support of ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the opposition United Democratic Front (UDF). The conspiracy carried out by the CPI(M) and the Congress with the terror outfits had come to light through this, he alleged adding they were trying to create communal division among people.

    12:34 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Amid CAA protests, UP CM Yogi Adityanath appeals for peace

    In a late-night appeal, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath urged people to maintain peace and harmony and eschew rumours, after protests broke out in certain parts of the state, including at Aligarh Muslim University. According to PTI, in a statement past Sunday midnight, Adityanath said, 'People should not pay any attention to the rumours about Citizenship Amendment Act being spread by some vested interests.' He also said the state government was committed to provide security to every citizen of the state. 'For this, it is necessary that everyone follows the law. Nobody will be allowed to disturb the atmosphere of peace in the state,' he said.

    11:53 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    There should be peaceful protests: Kishan Reddy

    Union minister of state for home affairs G Kishan Reddy told reporters, "I condemn the violence in the national capital. There should be peaceful protests. You should not indulge in violence and property destruction." 

    11:32 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    SC to hear on Dec 18 plea of Cong, ex-Tripura Maharaja challenging Citizenship Act

    The Supreme Court on Monday said it will hear on December 18 pleas of the Congress and former Maharaja of Tripura Pradyot Kishor Deb Barman challenging constitutional validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde said it will hear the pleas along with other pending matters coming up for hearing on December 18.

    11:30 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Citizenship Act protests: Stone pelting at Lucknow's Nadwa college

    Protests against the newly-enacted Citizenship law broke out in Lucknow's Nadwa college

    The Opposition parties also condemned the police action in Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia and targeted the Centre. Demanding a judicial inquiry, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "Police can't enter into university premises without the permission of Vice-Chancellor. If they weren't permitted, how did Police, which comes under Central govt, enter into the campus? We condemn it. There should be a judicial inquiry." CPM leader Sitaram Yechury who was also present at the presser asked, "Where is the Home Minister."

    Scrambling to cope with the spurt in violence, the state government suspended Internet services in four districts and parts of two others while police resorted to lathicharge to disperse protesters who ransacked shops and burnt tyres to block roads in parts of the state.

    Indicating the areas from where unrest was reported, the state government said: “Under the circumstances, left with no other alternative, Internet services are being temporarily suspended in the districts of Uttar (North) Dinajpur, Malda, Murshidabad, Howrah, and parts of North 24 Parganas (Basirhat and Barasat subdivisions) and parts of South 24 Parganas (Baruipur and Canning subdivisions).”

    Among the railway stations vandalised were those at Murshidabad’s Tildanga, Reginagar, Krishnapur and Monigram, Malda’s Bhaluka, and Birbhum’s Nalhati and Lohapur.

    In South 24 Parganas’s Akra railway station, protesters vandalised several rooms, including ticket counters, and targeted two local trains.

    Rail services were hit at Diamond Harbour, and at Lalgola and Farakka in Murshidabad. In Farakka, a group led by Congress MLA Moinul Haque took to the streets wielding sticks to disperse a mob that targeted the railway station.

    Shops were ransacked and tyres burnt in North 24 Parganas districts, while protests were reported from parts of Howrah, Burdwan and Birbhum.

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