Jamia, AMU protests Updates: Govt has given a blow to the Constitution, says Priyanka Gandhi on Citizenship Act

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Updated:Dec 16, 2019 9:22:58 pm

Jamia, AMU protest Updates: Jamia Millia Islamia V-C Najma Akhtar said that the varsity will file FIR against the Delhi Police over illegal entry inside the campus on Sunday.

Jamia, AMU protest Police and students scuffle outside the Jamia Millia Islamia University during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

Jamia, AMU protest Updates: The police crackdown on students of Jamia Millia Islamia and boiling anger against the amended Citizenship Act fuelled fresh protests in the national capital on Monday with Congress and several other opposition parties rallying behind the agitators.

Thousands of students took to the streets against the alleged police excesses on Jamia students on Sunday evening and over the new legislation, claiming that it will weaken India’s secular foundations and damage its social fabric.

Earlier today, the Delhi police briefed the media on what happened in Jamia on Sunday. Informing about what led to police action, Delhi Police PRO MS Randhawa said that the protest happened around 2 pm in which some locals also participated. “Around 4:30 pm some protesters went towards Mata Mandir marg and resorted to vandalism. They set vehicles on fire…around 30 police personnel received injuries, two SHO suffered fractures, one of our personnel is in ICU,” he said. Speaking on why police entered the Jamia campus without permission, the Delhi Police PRO said: “When we started pushing rowdy elements, they went inside. Police also chased them, stones were being pelted at us. We are doing a detailed investigation.”

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    19:32 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Mamata Banerjee dares Centre to remove her govt in Bengal

    Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today dares the centre to dismiss her government but she will not allow Citizenship Amendment Act in the state. "If you want to dismiss my government, you can, but I will never allow the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Bengal. If they want to implement CAA, they will have to do it over my dead body," she said.

    18:11 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Govt has given a blow to Constitution: Priyanka Gandhi on Citizenship Act

    Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Citizenship Act: Government has given a blow to the Constitution. It's an attack on the soul of the nation, youth is the soul of the nation. It's their right to protest. I'm a mother too. You entered into their library, dragged them out and thrashed them up. This is tyranny."

    17:46 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Jagdish Tytler joins Congress' symbolic protest at India Gate

    1984 riot-accused Jagdish Tytler arrives for Congress' symbolic protest near India Gate over police action against students of Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, KC Venugopal, AK Antony, PL Punia, Ahmed Patel, Ambika Soni and other Congress leaders are sitting on the protest. 

    17:10 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Ravi Shankar Prasad hits out at Congress

    Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad hit out at the Congress for allegedly flaring up the tensions. He said: "Its (Citizenship Act) objective is to give citizenship to persecuted religious minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. This Act poses no danger to the citizenship of people of our country. Some are trying to flare religious tensions, it's sad Congress stands with them."

    16:40 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Priyanka Gandhi Vadra sits on a symbolic protest at India Gate

    Priyanka Gandhi and senior leaders of the Congress party sit at India Gate to protest the Citizenship Amendment Act and violence against students in Jamia.

    "We urge all citizens to join the peaceful demonstration," the Congress says. 

    16:20 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    CAB protests: Jamia Milia Registrar to demand judicial inquiry

    Registrar, Jamia Milia Islamia Registrar AP Siddiqui, after Executive Council Meeting on yesterday's incident: It has been decided that we would recommend the Ministry of Human Resource Development to set up a high-level committee or initiate a judicial enquiry into the matter. 

    "We have always encouraged students’ voice and protest. As far as democratic rights are concerned, Jamia has never denied democratic rights to any student. They are welcome to voice their concerns as long as it's peaceful and within rules and regulations."

    15:38 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Priyanka Gandhi slams Centre for clash in Jamia 

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

    15:05 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Around 30 police personnel received injuries during protests: Delhi Police

    Delhi Police PRO MS Randhawa: "Around 30 police personnel received injuries, two SHO suffered fractures, one of our personnel is in ICU. Two FIRs have been registered for rioting and arsoning. The Crime Branch will investigate the matter from all angles."

    14:58 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Protesters set buses on fire: Delhi Police on what happened in Jamia

    Delhi Police PRO MS Randhawa: "Yesterday (Sunday) around 2 pm protest happened, locals also participated, our staff showed maximum restraint despite provocations. Around 4:30 pm some protesters went towards Mata Mandir marg and set a bus on fire. There are a lot of rumours going around over this incident (violence near Jamia), I appeal to everyone especially students to not believe in rumours. Action will be taken against whoever is involved in this incident."

    14:48 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Protests will continue till Citizenship Law, NRC withdrawn: Mamata Banerjee

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata: We will continue our protest till the Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens (NRC) are withdrawn... only BJP will remain here and everyone else will be made to leave-it's their politics. It will never happen. India is for everyone.

    14:07 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Ghulam Nabi Azad slams Modi govt over Citizenship Act

    Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday slammed the Modi government over Citizenship Act which wad amended last week. Addressing the media, he rejected the charge that Congress party was behind the violence.

    14:00 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Shun rumours: Jamia V-C tells students

    Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, Najma Akhtar said there has been a strong rumour that two students died. "We deny this totally, none of our students died. About 200 people were injured of which many were our students."

    13:59 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Delhi CM Kejriwal seeks time for meeting Amit Shah

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, "I am very worried over the worsening law and order situation in Delhi. To ensure peace returns to the city immediately, I have sought time from Home Minister Amit Shah for a meeting."

    13:58 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Mamata Banerjee participates in protest against Citizenship Act

    Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday took part in a protest march against the Citizenship Act.

    13:23 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Will file FIR against Delhi Police: Jamia V-C

    Jamia V-C Najma Akhtar said, "We will file an FIR against the entry of Police in our university campus. You can rebuild the property but you cannot compensate for the things the students went through. We demand a high level inquiry."

    12:50 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    No one allwoed inside Nadwatul Ulama College: Police

    On incidents of stone-pelting in Lucknow's Nadwatul Ulama college, DGP OP Singh told PTI, 'Some students of Nadwatul Ulama here tried to protest and hurled stones from inside. They were prevented and no one is allowed to come outside the campus.' He added that no one was injured in the protest and senior officers including District Magistrate and Senior Superintendent of Police are on the spot.

    12:49 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    SC to hear Congress, ex-Tripura Maharaja's pleas against 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.

    12:47 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Protest in Hyderabad against citizenship law

    Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU), Hyderabad students hold a protest against Citizenship Amendment Act.

    12:45 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Citizenship Act not against Muslims of India: National Commission for Minorities

    National Commission for Minorities Chairman, Syed Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi made an appeal for peace. "I also appeal to the police that they should show some restraint and control the situation calmly," he said. "I also appeal to the protesters that protest isn't needed as Citizenship Amendment Act isn't against Muslims of India. If at all they are protesting, it should be done peacefully. If Commission feels the need to issue notice, it will be done," he said.

    12:40 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    AMU violence: 21 arrested

    According to Aligarh SSP Akash Kulhary, 21 arrested in connection with clash following anti-CAA protest at Aligarh Muslim University.

    12:36 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    25-30% AMU hostels vacated

    Aligarh SSP told PTI that 25 to 30 per cent AMU hostels have been vacated and rest students expected the hostel by evening. The AMU administration has declared vacation till January 5 after protests against the amended citizenship law.

    12:34 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Citizenship Act violates Assam Accord: Asom Gana Parishad

    Former Assam CM and Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) leader, Prafulla Kr Mahanta said, "We are not going to support the Citizenship Act. Everyone is opposing it. It'll violate Assam Accord and make indigenous people of Assam, a minority here. AGP opposes it. We will go to Supreme Court."

    12:32 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Protests at Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru

    In Bengaluru, the All India Democratic Students Organisation (AIDSO) will stage a protest in Town Hall at 4 PM. Meanwhile, protests are underway at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc.).

    12:13 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Delhi Minorities Commission seeks information from students injured in Jamia protests

    Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) on Monday sought information from students and others injured during the Jamia protest against the amended Citizenship Act. The DMC has issued a form where "victims" of the protest held on Sunday have been asked to register their grievances.

    11:52 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Anti-Citizenship Act protest: Stone pelting in Lucknow

    Superintendent of Police Lucknow, Kalanidhi Naithani, said there was stone pelting for about 30 seconds when around 150 people had come out to protest and raise slogans. Situation is normal now. Students are going back to their classrooms.

    11:37 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    CAB and NRC weapons of mass polarisation: Rahul Gandhi

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that CAB and NRC are weapons of mass polarisation unleashed by fascists on India. "Best defence against them is peaceful satyagraha," he said.

    11:36 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Violence in Jamia, AMU unfortunate: Mayawati

    BSP president Mayawati termed as "unfortunate" the violence in Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia against the amended Citizenship Act and demanded a judicial inquiry. The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister also appealed to all communities to maintain calm after violence rocked the two universities.

    11:35 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Lucknow: Protests in Nadwa college

    Protests in Nadwa college in Lucknow against Citizenship Amendment Act. Stone pelting breaks out.

    11:02 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Jamia protest: Plea in Delhi HC against police action

    A plea was moved in the Delhi High Court on Monday against the police action on students at the Jamia Millia Islamia University on Sunday night. A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar declined to list the plea for urgent hearing, saying there was "no urgency in the matter". The plea sought judicial inquiry into the action taken by the police, including allegedly firing at the students. It also seeks proper medical treatment and compensation for the injured students.

    11:01 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Jamia, AMU protests Live Updates: SC posts matter for hearing tomorrow

    Senior advocate Indira Jaising mentioned Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University incidents before a bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde. Jaising asks SC to take suo motu cognizance of the issue saying'It's a very serious human rights violation all over the country.' The court said it will hear the matter tomorrow only if violence stops.

    10:47 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    AGP to file plea in Supreme Court for revocation of amended Citizenship Act

    The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), an ally of the ruling BJP, would file a petition in the Supreme Court praying for revocation of the amended Citizenship Act, party leader Kumar Deepak Das said on Sunday. He asserted that the AGP respected the sentiments of common people, who were wary that the law might threaten their identity and existence.

    10:41 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Jamia violence: Two FIRs filed

    Two FIRs over property damage and riots have been registered by police in connection with violence during protests in Jamia Nagar area yesterday.

    10:39 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Jamia students start leaving varsity

    Students start leaving from Jamia Millia Islamia University. The administration has declared holiday till January 5 following yesterday's incident.

    10:37 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Assam protest: Internet services to remain suspended in 10 districts

    Internet services which were to remain suspended till today morning, have been extended for another 24 hours, in 10 districts Lakhimpur, Tinsukia, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Charaideo, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Kamrup of Assam.

    10:36 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Situation has improved immensely: Assam Police

    Assam Police said situation in the state has improved immensely. We thank the people of Assam for following the spirit of the law. Day curfew has been withdrawn in Guwahati from 6 am of December 16. Night curfew would remain from 9 pm till tomorrow 6 am.

    10:10 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Repeal controversial Citizenship Act immediately: Amarinder to PM Modi

    Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has appealed to the Centre to repeal the amended Citizenship Act while urging the Union Home Minister and the Delhi Chief Minister to do all it takes to bring the situation under control. "Disturbed by reports from Delhi in the wake of anti CAB protests....urge (Home Minister) Amit Shah & (Delhi CM) Arvind Kejriwal to do all it takes to bring the situation under control & prevent it from escalating further," Singh tweeted.

    09:55 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Situation tense in Jamia Millia Islamia

    The situation in Jamia Millia Islamia, which witnessed protests against the amended Citizenship Act, remained tense on Monday morning and many students decided to leave for their homes. The university had turned into a battlefield on Sunday as police entered the campus and also used force, following protest

    09:40 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    West Bengal: Internet services suspended in six districts

    Internet services remained suspended in six districts of West Bengal -- Malda, Uttar Dinajpur, Murshidabad, Howrah, North 24 Parganas and parts of South 24 Parganas districts where agitation over the amended Citizenship Act have brought life to a halt.

    09:39 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    Protests against amended Citizenship Act continue in West Bengal

    Protests over the amended Citizenship Act continued in Bengal for the fourth consecutive day on Monday, with incidents of road and rail blockades reported from various parts of the state. In East Midnapore and Murshidabad districts, the agitators blocked thoroughfares since morning, inconveniencing hundreds of commuters. Several trains have been cancelled or delayed due to the ongoing protests.

    09:38 (IST)16 Dec 2019
    What is Citizenship Act?

    The amended Citizenship Act provides citizenship to non-Muslim religious minorities from three neighbouring countries who arrived in India till December 31, 2014, to escape religious persecution.

    Several students and social activists gathered at the Delhi Police headquarters near ITO on Sunday in response to an emergency protest demonstration call given by the JNU students' union against the Citizenship Act. Protesters blocked all roads leading to the police headquarters. The protest was organised against the police action against students of the Jamia Millia Islamia University. In the evening, the anti Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protest turned violent when protesters set four buses afire and indulged in stone pelting.
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