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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.

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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