Several protests, led by students, have taken place in Delhi against the Citizenship Act.
Four buses were set on fire by a large number of people and two fire officials were injured in stone-pelting as the protests against the newly enacted Citizenship Act entered the third day in the national capital on Sunday. Locals of the Sarai Julema in the Jamia Nagar area clashed with police. The trouble began when organisers of a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019, turned violent. The situation turned critical when a bus was burned by the protestors and police got into action. A photographer was injured in the stone-pelting that took place during the confrontation between protestors and police. Huge traffic snarls were experienced throughout the south Delhi area, from Ashram to Friends Colony to Kalindi Kunj. Police diverted traffic from the vicinity as pitched battles continued. For over an hour Mathura Road opposite New Friends Colony's both carriageways were blocked by the demonstrator. and Delhi Traffic Police tweeted that all movement was closed from Okhla Underpass to Sarita Vihar due to the demonstration.
Here are the highlights on the protests against Citizenship Act:
BREAKING: Jamia Protests In Delhi: All detained students from Kalkaji and New Friends Colony police station have been released
All detained students from Kalkaji and New Friends Colony police station have been released
Total peace in entire Uttar Pradesh, says Praveen Kumar, Inspector General of Police (Law and Order)
Total peace in entire Uttar Pradesh. Field staff is vigil and in touch with all concerned in abundant precautions, says Praveen Kumar, Inspector General of Police (Law and Order)
Aligarh Protests, Citizenship Act Protests: Chief Minister Adityanath appeals for peace and harmony across Uttar Pradesh
Chief Minister Adityanath appeals for peace and harmony across Uttar Pradesh.
Jamia Protests In Delhi, Citizenship Act Protests: Some people at Jamia protest came prepared for arson, says Delhi Police
Delhi Police on Sunday alleged that some people who were part of the agitation against the amended citizenship law came prepared for arson and torched vehicles, reported news agency PTI.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southeast) Chinmoy Biswal said nearly 1,500 people had begun a protest-march from Jamia university area around 3 pm but police stopped them near New Friends Colony and requested them to return and protest peacefully.
Protestors tried to block roads despite the force's request, according to police, reported PTI.
"When police pushed protestors back, they resorted to arson and torched two bikes, four DTC buses on Mata Mandir Marg. Protestors started pelting stones on police personnel near Holy Family Hospital," said another police officer.
"Some groups in the mob came prepared for arson," he claimed.
Jamia Protests, Citizenship Protests: 13 Delhi Metro stations closed
Metro commuters on Sunday faced difficulties as gates of several stations were closed due to violence following protest and arson against the amended citizenship law in South Delhi on Sunday, reported news agency PTI.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation closed the entry and exit gates of 13 stations for several hours in view of the violent protests near New Friends Colony, reported PTI.
In a series of tweets, the DMRC said entry and exit gates of GTB Nagar, Shivaji Stadium, Patel Chowk, Vishwavidyalaya, Vasant Vihar, Munirka, RK Puram Metro stations were closed on the advice of the police.
According to DMRC, trains did not stop at these stations.
Earlier, DMRC had closed the entry and exit gates of the Sukhdev Vihar Metro station in view of the violent protest in southeast Delhi against the amended Citizenship Act.
"As advised by Delhi Police, entry & exit gates of Sukhdev Vihar and gate no. 3 of Ashram have been closed. Trains will not be halting at Sukhdev Vihar," DMRC tweeted.
Entry and exit gates of Jamia Millia Islamia, Okhla Vihar and Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh have also been closed with no trains halting at these stations.
Citizenship Act Protest: 10 to 15 people detained by police at Aligarh over violence
10 to 15 people detained by police at Uttar Pradesh's Aligarh over violence.
Citizenship Act Protest: Protests erupt on Moulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad
Protest erupted on the campus of Moulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) in Hyderabad on Sunday night, against the police 'brutality' on students of the Jamia Millia Islamia University and the Aligarh Muslim University, reported news agency IANS.
Dozens of students of the country's only Urdu university gathered on the campus around midnight and raised slogans against the police action on Jamia and AMU campuses, according to IANS.
Internet Services have been suspended in Meerut
Internet Services have been suspended in the district from 12 pm of December 15 to 12 pm of December 16 in view of law and order maintenance, Meerut District Magistrate Anil Dhingra was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi Protest: After Delhi, Student Protests At Aligarh, Hyderabad, Varanasi: 10 Points
Protests swept campuses across the country against the police crackdown at Jamia Milia Islamia after this evening's violence over the new citizenship law. Students at the Aligarh Muslim University clashed with the police after their solidarity march was stopped. By midnight, Hyderabad's Maulana Azad Urdu University, the Benaras Hindu University and the IIT Bombay raised their voices. In Delhi, the Police Headquarters looked set for an all-night protest, as hundreds gathered in response to a call from the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University. The trouble started this evening after a protest march by the Jamia students ended in a pitched battle with the police, vandalism and torching of vehicles. The police, which used batons and teargas to contain the violence, later barged into the university and detained around 100 students.
West Bengal police issues helpline numbers amid violent protests.
Mamata Holds Emergency Meeting with Top Cops
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee holds emergency meeting with top administrative and police officers, asks them to be on high alert, CMO sources tell PTI.
Internet blocked in Aligarh, Aligarh Muslim University closed till January 5 after clashes.
Hours after a protest march by the students of Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act ended in a pitched battle with the police, clashes erupted at the Aligarh Muslim University this evening where students were agitating against the violent crackdown in the national capital. The protesters and cops clashed near the main gate of the Aligarh Muslim University as policemen used tear gas and water cannons to try and disperse the crowd. The students were leaving the university campus to take out a procession in solidarity with the Jamia students.
Protesters, including Jawaharlal Nehru University students, hold a demonstration at Delhi Police Headquarters, ITO, over Jamia Millia Islamia university incident.
ITO, IIT Metros Shut
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation: Entry and exit gates of ITO and IIT are closed. Trains will not be halting at these stations.
Police use tear-gas, lathi-charge at Aligarh Muslim University afters protest against crackdown in Jamia Millia Islamia.
6 Cops Injured: DCP South Delhi
Deputy Commissioner of Police South Delhi Chinmoy Biswal says that six police personnel were injured.
Delhi Schools to Remain Closed
Public and private schools in Okhla, Jamia, New Friends Colony, Madanpur Khadar will remain closed tomorrow as protests over the Citizenship Amendment Act continued in these areas.
This is the 1974 moment of Modi sarkar. The beginning of the end, said former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha
Traffic Closed from Sarita Vihar to Kalindi Kunj in Delhi
Traffic closed from Sarita Vihar to Kalindi Kunj due to demonstration at Shaheen Bagh, says Delhi traffic police.
Urged L-G to Take Action: Arvind Kejriwal
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal tweets that the Delhi government has urged Lieutenant-General Anil Baijal to restore normalcy in the national capital.
Petrol was taken out of two-wheelers parked on the roadside and used to set fire to three buses, an eyewitness of this evening's violence in Delhi has told NDTV. The hour-long pitched battle outside a posh colony between the police and a mob was the culmination of a protest march against the new citizenship law. By the end of it, three buses were set ablaze, a fire tender was damaged and two firemen were injured and the police had used batons and tear gas on the mob.
We are doing everything possible, real miscreants should be identified and punished, says Arvind Kejriwal after violence near Jamia university.
I came here for BBC's coverage, they (police) took away my phone,broke it. A male police personnel pulled my hair. They hit me with a baton and when I asked them for my phone they hurled abuses at me, said Bushra Sheikh, a Journalist.
Waseem Ahmed Khan, Chief Proctor, Jamia Millia Islamia University: Police have entered the campus by force, no permission was given. Our staff and students are being beaten up and forced to leave the campus.
Delhi: Police detains protesters from outside Jamia Millia Islamia University's Gate no. 1.
Delhi Police detain students from Jamia university after this evening's violent protest against citizenship law.
Police enters Jamia Campus
Delhi Police enters Jamia Millia Islamia campus, blocks university gates, says university official.
The BJP has alleged that Sunday's violence in South Delhi area was perpetrated by the Aam Admi Party (AAP) and demanded that they stop "provoking people". BJP Delhi Chief Manoj Tiwari, in a tweet, said that an AAP MLA was "provoking" the public and called Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal a "traitor". "AAP MLA is provoking people at the behest of Arvind Kejriwal.
Jamia, Okhla Metros Shut
Two firemen were injured and one fire engine was damaged in the protests. Metro operations - Jamia Millia Islamia University is on the city's Magenta Line - were affected, with the entry and exit gates of Sukhdev Vihar Station, Jamia Millia Islamia, Okhla Vihar and Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh, as well as Gate No.3 of the Ashram Station, closed.
No one should indulge in violence. Any kind of violence is unacceptable. Protests shud remain peaceful, says Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Anti-Citizenship amendment act stir: Entry and exit gates of Sukhdev Vihar and gate no 3 of Ashram metro stations closed: DMRC.
Group of Jamia Millia students issues statement disassociating themselves from violence during protest against Citizenship Act.
Violence erupted on Mathura Road in southeast Delhi following a clash between police and Jamia Millia Islamia students who were protesting against the amended Citizenship Act. The protesters set DTC buses on fire.
Protests against Citizenship Amendment Act in Delhi's Jamia Nagar.
Buses were set on fire as a result of protests in Delhi's Jamia Nagar.
Najma Akhtar, the Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, has expressed concern over the safety and security of the students and asked those who left the campus to return.
Violence broke out in Delhi this evening as students from the Jamia Millia Islamia gathered to protest the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act, or CAA. Delhi Police and protesters engaged in a pitched battle in a posh South Delhi neighbourhood with cops using tear gas and resorting to lathi-charges after protesters broke cars and set at least three buses on fire. The cops have taken momentary control of the area, which now resembles a war zone, and have deployed in large numbers to ensure security.
Atul Bora, President, Asom Gana Parishad
Atul Bora, President of Asom Gana Parishad, has said that the party has not taken a decision on filing a petition against the Citizenship Law.
"We are discussing, some of our friends will go to Delhi, we have not decided yet," he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Curfew relaxed in parts of Shillong from 6 am to 7 pm
The curfew in Shillong has been relaxed from 6 am to 7 pm.
The curfew was relaxed for 13 hours in areas under the jurisdictions of Sadar and Lumdiengiri police stations, some officials told news agency PTI.
In view of the prevailing law and order situation in the curfew-bound areas, the District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills, M W Nongbri, has relaxed the curfew till 7 pm, they said.
Curfew will be reimposed in these areas from 7 pm on Sunday till further orders, a statement issued by the district administration said.
SMS and mobile internet services have been withdrawn for 48 hours since 5pm on Saturday, an official said.
Banks and educational institutions have been shut since December 11 and the North Eastern Hill University has also postponed all examinations to February 2020.
Situation In North 24 Parganas
- Road blocks and train disruptions have been reported from North 24 Parganas.
- The National Highway 34 leading to north Bengal had been blocked in multiple places in North 24 Parganas district.
Sitaram Yechury on Citizenship Amendment Act
"No amount of censorship, internet bans, PR and diversions can cover up the anger witnessed across the country on this government's new Citizenship law. The protests are happening across regions and communities, who are all united against this attempt to divide India."
Protesters obstruct key highways in Bengal: Report
The protesters felled trees and burnt tyres to obstruct key national and state highways on Sunday, IANS reports.
The protesters even started a 'picnic' on the National Highway 34 after putting up a roadblock, it adds.
At Amdanga in 24 Parganas district, protesters staged a demonstration by felling a tree and torching tyres on the road at Sonadanga and Dhankal on National Highway 34.
Curfew relaxed in parts of Dibrugarh district
The curfew was also relaxed from 7 am to 4 pm in Dibrugarh west, Naharkatia, Tenughat and some other places in the district from 7 am to 4 pm.
Curfew relaxed in Guwahati
Curfew was relaxed from 7 am to 4 pm in Guwahati. Long queues were seen outside shops at several places, including Dispur, Uzan Bazar, Chandmari, Silpukhuri and Zoo Road in Guwahati town.