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Anti-CAA Protests LIVE: Police uses water canon to disperse crowd in Delhi's Daryaganj, DMRC closes 17 stations

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Anti-Citizenship Amendment Protests LIVE UPDATES: Violent protests have taken place in different parts of the country after the Parliament passed the contentious legislation last week. At least three people were killed in police firing during protests in Assam, two others in Mangaluru and one in Lucknow. According to the CAA, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014 and facing religious persecution there will not be treated as illegal immigrants, and be given Indian citizenship. This blog will keep you posted on the protests and demonstrations against the Citizenship Amendment Act today:

Anti-CAA Protests LIVE: Police uses water canon to disperse crowd in Delhi's Daryaganj, DMRC closes 17 stations
  • Delhi: Car torched in Daryaganj during protest over Citizenship Act##Delhi: Car torched in Daryaganj during protest over Citizenship Act

  • Govt open to accept suggestions of protesters of CAA##Govt open to accept suggestions of protesters of CAA


    The government is open to accept suggestions, if any, from people who are staging protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), a top official said on Friday.

    The Home Ministry is preparing the Rules for the CAA in consultation with the Law Ministry that will indicate the process to apply for Indian citizenship by eligible refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan under the legislation.

    "We are open to receive suggestions, if any, from anyone on the CAA. We are also trying to remove doubts of people about the CAA through various ways," the official said.

    The central government was prepared to face protests against the CAA after its enactment by Parliament. "We had anticipated protests, at least in the Northeast," he said.

  • After supporting CAB, LJP says it wanted 'discussions'##After supporting CAB, LJP says it wanted 'discussions'

    After supporting the Citizenship Amendment Bill's passage in Parliament, NDA constituent LJP on Friday has released a letter written to Home Minister Amit Shah where it asked for "discussion" on the matter.

    In the letter, Lok Janshakti Party President Chirag Paswan said: "This Bill has long term consequences. Considering the importance of the Bill, I would urge you to urgently convene an NDA meeting on this and listen to all the concerns of all NDA allies. So that NDA come out as one on such an important issue."

    The letter was written on December 6.

    But ever since the Bill got passed and received presidential assent, there has been wide spread protest across india, even resulting in violence.

  • Police uses water canon to disperse protesters in Daryaganj##Police uses water canon to disperse protesters in Daryaganj

    After a huge crowd had gathered at Daryganj in Delhi, Delhi Police has resorted to using water canons to disperse the protesting crowd. Meanwhile, scores of people have again gathered at the India Gate in Delhi to voice their dissent against the new citizenship law and a proposed countrywide National Register of Citizens (NRC). Raising slogans of 'Azaadi', 'No NRC, No CAA', the protesters, most of them college students, are demanding that the new law be repealed. Delhi Metro Rail Corp has closed two more stations, including Kashmere Gate and Central Secretariat. A total of 17 Delhi Metro stations have now been closed.  

  • Violence mars Maharashtra CAA/NRC protests, 6 govt vehicles stoned##Violence mars Maharashtra CAA/NRC protests, 6 govt vehicles stoned


    At least six government vehicles, including three MSRTC buses and a fire truck, were stoned by miscreants during protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in different parts of the state on Friday, officials said.

    There are no reports of injuries in any incident, though police carried out a baton charge to quell the crowds in Beed.

    At least three buses of Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation, one with a few passengers inside, were pelted with stones, breaking their glass windows and damaging interiors, in Hingoli town and in Kalamnuri town.

    Stationery buses were targeted by the stone-pelters in Beed and Nanded, a fire truck was stoned in Parbhani and there were incidents of minor violence from other areas.

  • Gujarat: Govt allows police to suspend telecom services for 3 days from December 20-22##Gujarat: Govt allows police to suspend telecom services for 3 days from December 20-22

    Anti-CAA Protests LIVE: Police uses water canon to disperse crowd in Delhi's Daryaganj, DMRC closes 17 stations
  • Those born before 1987 or whose parents born before 1987 are Indians: MHA Official ##Those born before 1987 or whose parents born before 1987 are Indians: MHA Official 


    Anyone born in India before 1987 or whose parents were born before 1987 are bona fide Indian citizens according to law and need not worry due to the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (CAA) or a possible countrywide NRC, a top government official said on Friday.

    According to the 2004 amendments of the Citizenship Act, people of the country, barring those in Assam, whose one parent is an Indian and neither is an illegal immigrant are also considered Indian citizens.

    The clarification came amid the protests against the CAA and the several versions being circulated in social media about the recently enacted law.

    Those who are born in India before 1987 or whose parents were born in the country before that year are considered Indians under naturalisation as per the law, the official said.

    In case of Assam, the cut of date for identification of an Indian citizen is 1971.

  • Gautam Gambhir condemns violent protests over CAA##Gautam Gambhir condemns violent protests over CAA


    Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir on Friday lashed out at human rights organisations and Bollywood A listers over the violent turn of many anti-CAA protests across the country where cops were beaten.

    He tweeted on the micro-blogging site: "I think all human rights warriors, Bollywood attention seekers and pseudo-liberal journalists have gone to the UN to seek a referendum on whether policemen have human rights or not. Sick! #Gujarat #Lucknow #Delhi @MamataOfficial @ArvindKejriwal."

    The BJP MP from east Delhi constituency also tagged Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banarjee in his tweet, expressing his concern over injured cops during violent protests pan India.

  • Entry, exit gates of 13 Delhi metro stations closed##Entry, exit gates of 13 Delhi metro stations closed

    The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation on Friday closed the gates of 13 metro stations, including the busy Rajiv Chowk, to restrict the movement of anti-CAA agitators in the national capital, which has been witnessing protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

    "Entry & exit gates of Rajiv Chowk, Pragati Maidan and Khan Market are closed. Interchange facility is available at Rajiv Chowk," the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said.

    Earlier, Johri Enclave, Shiv Vihar and Dilshad Garden stations were closed.

    "Of the 285 stations, Chawri Bazar, Lal Quila, Jama Masjid & Delhi Gate on violet line, Jaffrabad & Maujpur-Babarpur on pink line and Jamia Millia Islamia on magenta line are closed as per instructions of security agencies. Rest of the metro network is operating as per schedule," the DMRC had tweeted.

    In all, 13 metro stations are closed.

  • Entry, exit gates of 10 Delhi metro stations closed##Entry, exit gates of 10 Delhi metro stations closed


    The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation on Friday closed the gates of three more stations, including Shiv Vihar, to restrict the movement of protesters in the national capital, which has been witnessing protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

    Johri Enclave, Shiv Vihar and Dilshad Garden were also shut down, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said.

    "Of the 285 stations, Chawri Bazar, Lal Quila, Jama Masjid & Delhi Gate on violet line, Jaffrabad & Maujpur-Babarpur on pink line and Jamia Millia Islamia on magenta line are closed as per instructions of security agencies. Rest of the metro network is operating as per schedule," the DMRC tweeted.

    In all, 10 metro stations are closed.

  • DMRC: Entry and exit gates of Johri Enclave, Shiv Vihar and Dilshad Garden closed##DMRC: Entry and exit gates of Johri Enclave, Shiv Vihar and Dilshad Garden closed

  • Assam HC dismisses govt review petition against order to resume mobile internet services##Assam HC dismisses govt review petition against order to resume mobile internet services


    The Gauhati High Court on Friday dismissed a review petition filed by the Assam government against its order to resume mobile internet from Thursday evening. Though the Gauhati High Court ordered to resume the service from 5 pm on Thursday, the government did not issue any instruction to the mobile operators to implement it. Mobile internet services were restored in Assam on Friday morning, ten days after it was suspended to prevent misuse of social media during protest against the contentious amended Citizenship Act.

  • Anti-CAA protests in Gorakhpur turn violent##Anti-CAA protests in Gorakhpur turn violent

  • Firing in Bulandshahar reported; protests turn violent in Kanpur, Firozabad, Hapur as well##Firing in Bulandshahar reported; protests turn violent in Kanpur, Firozabad, Hapur as well

    Firing has been reported from Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahar as the protests against the amended citizenship law turned violent and stones throwing also took place, Several protestors and policemen are reported to be injured. 


    Earlier, protests against the amended citizenship law have turned violent in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur, Firozabad and Hapur as well. Stone throwing was reported from Firozabad and vehicles have also been torched, while police resorted to lathi charge in Hapur.   

  • No NRC in Bihar: Nitish Kumar##No NRC in Bihar: Nitish Kumar

    Bihar chief minister and BJP ally Nitish Kumar has said the NRC won't be implemented in Bihar. 

  • Protest march stopped at Delhi Gate##Protest march stopped at Delhi Gate

    Hundreds of protesters moving towards Jantar Mantar from Jama Masjid in protest against the amended Citizenship Act were stopped near Delhi Gate on Friday afternoon as police barricaded the area. When the protest march led by the Bhim Army reached Delhi Gate, it was stopped by a large number of police and paramilitary personnel. 

  • Traffic Snarls in Old Delhi due to Anti CAA protests##Traffic Snarls in Old Delhi due to Anti CAA protests

    Commuters in parts of old Delhi faced difficulty in reaching their destination on Friday afternoon as a large number of people led by Bhim Army chief Chandra Shekhar protested near Jama Masjid against the amended Citizenship Act. Several roads leading to Jama Masjid and Red Fort witnessed massive traffic jams as hundreds of demonstrators again hit the streets against the new legislation.  According to a senior police officer, Netaji Subhash Marg was closed for vehicular movement. 

  • Peaceful Friday prayers in Lucknow; UP SP leader booked##Peaceful Friday prayers in Lucknow; UP SP leader booked

    In the wake of large-scale violence over Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) in and around Uttar Pradesh on Friday, weekly prayers were held peacefully amid strict restrictions and heavy deployment of police force in the city, police said.

    Security has also been beefed up across the state, as police have registered 19 FIRs against unknown people, of which 17 were 'named' including Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Shafiqur Rahman Barq in Sambhal district in connection with the violence on Thursday over the CAA protest.

    UP Director General of Police (DGP) O.P. Singh on Friday said that he has been going on foot at Hussainabad locality contacting Imams to maintain peace and not to provoke or incite any 'violence'.

    Former Lucknow IG Navneet Sikera was also called to take care of old areas in the city, he added.

    At least 3,000 people across Uttar Pradesh, including 350 in Lucknow, have been arrested since Thursday night in connection with the violence against the recently amended citizenship law, police officials said on Friday.

    Meanwhile, 3,037 Facebook posts, 1,786 Twitter posts and 38 Youtube videos (scenes of violence) were deleted since Thursday evening across the state, police added.

    This has been done after Thursday's protests over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) turned violent in Lucknow and Sambhal and led to large scale destruction of public and private property.

    Internet services have been shut down in 15 districts, including the capital, police added.

  • CAA: 3,000 arrested in UP, internet shut##CAA: 3,000 arrested in UP, internet shut


    At least 3,000 people across Uttar Pradesh, including 350 in Lucknow, have been arrested since Thursday night in connection with the protests against the recently amended citizenship law, police officials said on Friday.

    Security has also been beefed up across the state, as police have registered 19 FIRs against unknown people, of which 17 were 'named'.

    Meanwhile, 3,037 Facebook posts, 1,786 Twitter posts and 38 Youtube videos (scenes of violence) were deleted since Thursday evening across the state, police added.

    This has been done after Thursday's protests over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) turned violent in Lucknow and Sambhal and led to large scale destruction of public and private property.

    Internet services have been shut down in 15 districts, including the capital, whereas red alerts were issued in Aligarh in view of Friday prayers.

    Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Avanish Awasthi said that the shutdown would continue till December 21 midnight. All private telecom operators have also shut services after the government order.

    According to a senior police official, it was found late on Thursday night that the violent protests on Thursday were being live-streamed on social media which aggravated the situation.

    "Apart from the internet, SMS and messenger services have also been blocked. We are trying to inform our customers about this," said a private telecom manager in Lucknow.

  • Delhi: Police conducts flag march in Seelampur##Delhi: Police conducts flag march in Seelampur

  • SP MP Shafiqur, others booked for defying prohibitory orders in UP##SP MP Shafiqur, others booked for defying prohibitory orders in UP


    Samajwadi Party MP Shafiqur Rehman Burq and hundreds others were booked for defying prohibitory orders and holding a meeting here against the amended Citizenship Act a day earlier, police said. As many as 25 people have been taken into custody and others are being identified with the help of video footage of arson and stone pelting, SP Yamuna Prasad said, adding the stringent National Security Act (NSA) will be invoked against all those found involved in such acts. A case has been lodged against Burq, former SP district unit president and hundreds of unnamed people for defying the prohibitory orders and holding the meeting here on Thursday, Prasad said. Two state roadways buses were damaged and a police station was targeted with stones here on Thursday by the protesters opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act. Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel have been deployed at different points, the SP said, adding the situation is under control. 

  • Anti-CAA protest outside Jamia Milia Islamia continue for 5th consecutive day##Anti-CAA protest outside Jamia Milia Islamia continue for 5th consecutive day

    Despite Internet curbs, travel restrictions and freezing cold, hundreds of people thronged the roads outside Jamia Milia Islamia continuing with their protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the proposed nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC). The protesters, including university students, locals and children, took out small marches carrying posters, banners and tricolours. Some of them formed human chains on both the sides of the road to ensure that traffic movement was not affected.

  • Smriti Irani slams West Bengal CM Mamata for UN referendum remark##Smriti Irani slams West Bengal CM Mamata for UN referendum remark

    Union minister Smriti Irani criticised West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over her demand for UN-monitored referendum on amended Citizenship Act and NRC, saying her remark was an insult to the Parliament.

  • Here are some visuals of Anti-CAA protest at Jama Masjid##Here are some visuals of Anti-CAA protest at Jama Masjid

  • CAA protests: Prohibitory orders imposed in Najafgarh##CAA protests: Prohibitory orders imposed in Najafgarh

    In view of the anti-CAA protests slated to take place in Delhi, section 144 has been imposed in Najafgarh area near Dwarka on Friday. The order issued by the Assistant Commissioner of Police of subdivision Najafgarh in Dwarka district, Vijay Singh, said "In view of the prevailing situation and protest against Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC), this issue and protest has become communally sensitive and has emotionally charged the minority Muslim community. So, it has become necessary to maintain public safety and security and law and order in the sub Division Najafgarh of Dwarka district." The ACP has ordered for strict compliance by all concerned for maintaining law and order and public safety and security in Najafgarh area. According to the order, carrying weapons, sticks, any incendiary materials or any other material which can be used for violence is prohibited. Carrying of any corrosive substance or explosive is also prohibited. Assembling of more than four persons and any kind of demonstration without the permission of the competent authority is also banned. Section 144 also prohibits the printing, circulation or dissemination of any communal, sensitive and provocative material in any media including social media platforms. The precautionary step has been taken in order to avoid any law and order situation ahead of Friday prayers.

  • Delhi Metro shuts down Chawri Bazaar, Lal Quila, Jama Masjid stations##Delhi Metro shuts down Chawri Bazaar, Lal Quila, Jama Masjid stations


    Exit gates of Chawri Bazaar, Lal Quila and Jama Masjid metro stations have been shut ahead of the scheduled protest march from Jama Masjid to Jantar Mantar at 2 pm today. A huge gathering led by Bhim Army chief Chandrashkhar Azad has gathered at Jama Masjid from where the protestors will march towards Jantar Mantar at 2 pm. 

  • Anti-CAA protests: Security forces on high alert across states; Mobile internet shut in UP##Anti-CAA protests: Security forces on high alert across states; Mobile internet shut in UP

    Security forces were put on high alert on Friday in various parts of the country including in Kerala and Karanataka where protesters disrupted road and rail traffic after last night's death of two persons in police firing during protests against the amended citizenship law, while mobile internet and SMS services were shut down in UP which had also seen violent clashes. After a day of simultaneous anti-CAA protests in multiple cities, various groups have announced plans to continue their agitation including in the national capital while officials said additional security arrangements have been made in view of the Friday prayers. Prohibitory orders were imposed in 12 police station areas of Northeast Delhi and police also carried out a flag march in the district which had witnessed violence during protests against the amended citizenship law three days ago, officials said. The police also used drones to keep a tab on the law and order situation in the area, while Delhi Metro gates for some stations in the Old Delhi area were closed. Joint Commissioner of Police Alok Kumar and Deputy Commissioner of Police Ved Prakash Surya were among senior officers who were present during the flag march. In the neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, mobile internet and SMS services of all telecom operators remained suspended in Lucknow and various other places on orders from the government. A 25-year-old man was killed during violence in Lucknow, while protesters pelted stones at police and torched vehicles.

Anti-Citizenship Amendment Protests LIVE UPDATES: Violent protests have taken place in different parts of the country after the Parliament passed the contentious legislation last week. At least three people were killed in police firing during protests in Assam, two others in Mangaluru and one in Lucknow. According to the CAA, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014 and facing religious persecution there will not be treated as illegal immigrants, and be given Indian citizenship. This blog will keep you posted on the protests and demonstrations against the Citizenship Amendment Act today: