Protests against the citizenship law continued in different parts of the country on Friday. Braving the cold wave, thousands of people gathered outside Delhi's Jama Masjid to express their opposition to the contentious act that allows citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
The Delhi police detained some protesters from outside Uttar Pradesh Bhawan. Students of Jamia Millia Islamia had gathered there to protest against the Yogi Adityanath government over the deaths during the anti-citizenship act protests in the state.
In Seelampur, where protests had turned violent on December 17, Section 144 has been imposed and about 15 companies of police force have been deployed. The police also carried out a flag march in the morning and urged local Muslim clerics to appeal for peace and tranquillity.
In Uttar Pradesh, the situation has started getting peaceful amidst elaborate security arrangements in sensitive areas. As a precautionary measure, internet services have been blocked in around 21 districts including state capital Lucknow, Aligarh, Agra, Mathura and Bulandshahr since last night.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has been relentlessly protesting against the act. She has been holding rallies almost every day. Today, Mamata led a march in Kolkata to protest against the amended citizenship act and NRC.
Students and social activists held a protest against CAA and NRC at the Azad Maidan in south Mumbai, while a large number of people gathered for a pro-CAA rally at the historic August Kranti Maidan, where a massive protest against the Citizenship Act was held last week. CNBC-TV18's Archana Shukla gets the ground report from Mumbai's Azad Maidan.