Fifteen people have died in violence across Uttar Pradesh over the centre's amended citizenship law, which has seen massive protests against the law that has swept the country since December 11, when it was signed off by President Ram Nath Kovind. Over 260 cops have also been injured in the violence since Thursday, police said.
The Congress announced that it will hold a protest on Monday against the newly amended act. Senior party leader Rahul Gandhi, who had been abroad since the protests over the new law escalated last Sunday, is expected to attend the meet.
This morning, prohibitory orders were issued in areas around the Uttar Pradesh Bhavan in South Delhi's Chanakyapuri. Protests are continuing at Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia for the seventh straight day since Sunday's violence. The national capital witnessed protests yesterday morning as Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad led a massive protest at the Jama Masjid and called for a march to Jantar Mantar. In the evening, hundreds of protestors took to the streets, defying prohibitory orders.
Curfew was imposed in some areas of Madhya Pradesh's Jabalpur district after a protest march against the citizenship law turned violent on Friday. The Congress-led state government had placed restrictions on large gatherings in 50 of 52 districts amid violent protests against the law across the country.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Act for the first time makes religion the test of citizenship in India. The government says it will help minorities from three Muslim-dominated countries to get citizenship if they fled to India before 2015 because of religious persecution. Critics say it is designed to discriminate against Muslims and violates the secular principles of the constitution.
Here are the LIVE Updates on protests against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA):
Over a thousand academicians and research scholars have in a statement expressed support to the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the amended citizenship law that fast-tracks the process of giving citizenship to persecuted non-Muslims from three neighbouring countries.
Press Statement by AICC General Secretary I/c Oraganisation, Shri @kcvenugopalmp.- Congress (@INCIndia) December 21, 2019
Congress party senior leaders will undertake a satyagrah at Raj Ghat on 23rd Dec, to fight the BJP's dictatorial actions & to protect the Constitution. pic.twitter.com/Op9WJWqt5F
Amid massive protests against the new citizenship law across the country, NCP chief Sharad Pawar today said that "all those who care for the country's unity and progress" are opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. His remarks come a day after ally Congress's chief Sonia Gandhi, in a televised message on Friday, accused the government of "brute repression" and showing "utter disregard" for people's voices in the nationwide protests.
Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad has been arrested by Delhi Police after he was detained early Saturday morning near the Jama Masjid. With his arrest, a total of 16 people have been arrested in connection with Friday's violence in the old quarter of Delhi during a protest against the new citizenship law. Azad has been arrested for allegedly inciting a mob indulging in violence, the police said.
Poll strategist Prashant Kishor hit out at the "largely absent" Congress this morning as fierce protests against the controversial citizenship law continue to sweep the country.
CAA Protests: Eminent historian and writer Ramachandra Guha on Saturday termed the Citizenship Amendment Act "immoral" and "against the spirit of the Constitution" and said a wise and just government would withdraw it.
Citizenship Amendment Act Protests: BSP president Mayawati on Saturday asked the Centre to give up its "stubborn stand" on the new citizenship law and NRC and withdraw its decisions.
The protest at the main gate of the university was started by women students and later men also joined them.
They raised slogans such as "Ladke lenge azadi" and "Inquilab Zindabad".
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has said that if the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is implemented, over half the population in his state will not be able to prove their citizenship as they neither have land nor land records.
Fifteen people have been arrested in connection with Friday's violence in Old Delhi during a protest against the new citizenship law, the police said today.
The situation in areas hit by violence during protests against the new citizenship law is gradually returning to normal, police said on Saturday, and assured that a heavy deployment of security personnel has been made in Old Delhi and Seemapuri areas, reported news agency PTI.
Manish Seth, secretary of Daryaganj Traders' Association, said all shops in the area opened on Saturday morning and there's no unrest. He said police have been keeping a tight vigil, reported PTI.
A senior police officer from Shahdara district said situation was under control in the area.
"Delhi Police have dominated the area and are conducting flag marches since Friday evening to ensure that no untoward incident is reported," he was quoted as saying by PTI.
Protesters holding agitation against the citizenship law claed with the police in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, this morning.
The Citizenship Amendment Act is "a matter entirely internal to India" and does not impact the status of any citizen, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Friday, in response to the "factually inaccurate" remarks of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on the country's recently enacted legislation.
The internet ban in Meghalaya that was imposed after protests broke out over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act has been removed. Violent protests were seen on the streets of state capital Shillong after the bill was passed by both houses of parliament.
A distorted narrative is being peddled over Foreign Minister S Jaishankar's move to cancel a meeting with senior US lawmakers in Washington, D.C., earlier this week, government officials have said.
As protests continue over the new citizenship law across the country, the centre on Friday issued another advisory asking news channels to "abstain from showing any content which promotes anti-national attitudes. This is the second advisory issued by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry in less than 10 days.
The cases were registered in the Sahibabad, Muradnagar and Kotwali stations.
The cases were registered after protestors allegedly threw stones at the police.
A case has also been filed against Rashid Malik, a Samajwadi Party leader.
Police has arrested around 66 as of now.
Senior Congress leaders including Ramesh Chennithala, KC Venugopal, Mullappally Ramachandran and Shashi Tharoor are participating in the campaign, capturing the mood of the people in the state against the law enacted by Parliament during its winter session, according to PTI.
Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly, Chennithala will inaugurate the protest in Malappuram district in North Kerala, which has been witnessing a series of agitations against the CAA.
Mr Tharoor will lead the agitation in Kozhikode.
AICC General Secretary Venugopal led the protest in Alappuzha on Friday.
The party has called for a peaceful agitations across state against the CAA.
Upping the ante against the CAA, Mr Venugopal had on Friday said the "unconstitutional" legislation will not be implemented in Congress-ruled states.
In the state capital, hundreds of party supporters - among whom children could also be seen - stormed railway stations and bus stands carrying sticks and party flags but they were chased away by police personnel.
In Bihar's Nawada, bandh supporters staged a demonstration on national highway 31 where they burnt tires on the road causing disruption in the movement of vehicles while agitators protested at Zero Mile Chowk in Muzaffarpur.
There were reports of bandh supporters squatting on railway tracks in Araria and East Champaran districts.
Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters) Jitendra Kumar said, "Adequate forces have been deployed in all districts of the state and officials concerned were asked to deal sternly with anyone trying to foment trouble."
The Bihar bandh called by the main opposition party comes barely two days after a statewide shutdown was organised by the Left parties.
The RJD, after initially scheduling the bandh on December 22, had advanced the shutdown by a day in view of police recruitment tests on Sunday.
On Friday night, RJD activists led by leader of the opposition Tejashwi Yadav had taken out a march in the city holding aloft burning torches to garner support for the bandh, which they termed as "an attempt to save the Constitution from the assaults by the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre", reported PTI.
"It will be a peaceful protest. But if the state police indulges in any high-handedness, there would be a backlash", Mr Yadav was quoted as saying by PTI.
"Now that voices opposed to the CAA and NRC have started coming from within the NDA, the central government should give up its stubborn stand and withdraw its decisions," she said in a tweet in Hindi.
"Also, it is an appeal to protesters to express their opposition in a peaceful manner," the Bahujan Samaj Party chief added.
Meghalaya internet ban was imposed on 12th December after violent protests in Shillong.
Ban has been lifted after a week.
Night curfew however still continues in parts of Shillong.
Citizenship Amendment Act Protests: Bhim Army leader Chandrashekhar Azad, who on Friday gave Delhi Police the slip to reach Jama Masjid, said his name is ''Azad'' and police cannot hold him captive.
Kerala Government orders that all activities related to preparation National Population Register be stayed in the state with immediate effect. All earlier notifications in this regard stand stayed. No to NCR as well as NPR.- Thomas Isaac (@drthomasisaac) December 21, 2019
A journalist with 'The Hindu' newspaper was picked up by the Lucknow police from a city restaurant, detained for over two hours at a police station and then a police post, and finally released after harrowing moments where he was accused of conspiracy in the Lucknow violence against the Citizenship Amendment Act on Thursday that saw one person killed.
Nine protesters were killed in clashes that erupted across Uttar Pradesh over the Citizenship Amendment Act on Friday, the state policeconfirmed. Thishas taken the total number of protest-related deaths in the state to eleven so far.
My first event this morning: leading an @inckerala#IndiaAgainstCAA_NRC protest rally in Kozhikode. All welcome! (Replaces an earlier post which sought to depict not the territory but the people of India, in whose name we would be speaking. No wish2feed BJP trolls more fodder.) pic.twitter.com/Qxtb8akRkH- Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) December 21, 2019
Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad, who had escaped from the police custody on Friday, was again detained early this morning.
Eight of those detained by the police were minors aged between 14 and 15 years. Police said they will only be released, provided their parents come to collect them. Six minors have been released so far. Doctors told NDTV that their hands were swollen, and a child with a head injury had to be sent to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital for treatment.