16 December 2019

16 DEC. NEWS: After Jamia, anti-Citizenship Act protests spread to campuses country-wide; Bullets Injuries To Jamia Protesters/ After Jamia and AMU, Nadwa in Lucknow erupts in protest

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After Jamia, anti-Citizenship Act protests spread to campuses country-wide
New Delhi: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra today joined growing protests against police crackdown on students of Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University. Students from campuses around the country have come out in strong support of counterparts from Jamia and AMU after Sunday evening's violence over the new citizenship law. Cops in both Delhi and Aligarh have been accused of using excessive force during protests that turned violent. The clashes left a total of nearly 50 students injured and the 100 Jamia students - who had been detained after cops barged into the campus without permission - were only released after a massive show of strength by students outside Delhi Police Headquarters throughout Sunday night. Earlier today the Supreme Court, responding to a request to take note of the cops' actions, said "rioting" must stop. The top court will hear the case tomorrow.College students in Tamil Nadu joined the protest on Monday afternoon with members of SFI gathering outside the Chennai Suburban Railway Terminal. In addition, students of the prestigious IIT Madras took out a procession inside their campus, as did students of city-based Loyola College. In Tiruvannamalai, which is around 200 kilometres from state capital Chennai, students of Government Arts College held protests and shouted slogans.In neighbouring Karnataka, thousands of people protested against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act, calling it a new "freedom struggle". Students from Jai University, IISc and National Law School University gathered at Bangalore Town Hall at 4 pm.Early this morning students from Uttar Pradesh's Nadwatul Ulama Institute threw stones at cops who tried to stop them from leaving the campus for a protest march. Hundreds of them pushed against the main gates as cops kept them firmly shut. Elsewhere in the state the Integral University was shut for three days after students launched a protest.In Mumbai students and faculty of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) boycotted classes and field work today. Students of Mumbai University too planned protests.In other parts of the country, students of Banaras Hindu University in Uttar Pradesh and Chandigarh University have planned protests against the amended Citizenship Act.The police action on students was "an attack on the soul of the nation", Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said today. Speaking after a two-hour silent protest at Delhi's iconic India Gate to show solidarity with the students, Ms Gandhi Vadra launched a scathing attack on the government, accusing it of impairing the constitution.Protests by students and others have erupted across the country over the new citizenship law that makes it easier for non-Muslims from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh to become Indian citizens. Critics say the law discriminates against Muslims and is against secular principles of the constitution.NDTV
Jamia Residents Keep Shutters Down, Block Delhi-Noida Highway in Protest against Citizenship Law, Police Crackdown on Varsity
NEW DELHI: Shops and business establishments in Shaheen Bagh, Abul Fazal Enclave, Batla House, Jogabai and Zakir Nagar areas in Jamia Nagar remained closed for the entire day on Monday in protest against the police action on Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) students protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. More than 200 students were injured in police action in Jamia campus and many of them were injured seriously in police beating. The locals showing solidarity with Jamia students over the CAA also held dharna on the busy Delhi-Noida highway, near Kalindi Kunj-Shaheen Bagh, blocking vehicular traffic. All the traffic from NOIDA to Delhi was diverted via DND flyover owing to the dharna at Kalindi Kunj-Shaheen Bagh.On Sunday evening, the protest by Jamia students and local residents had turned violent with several buses and two-wheelers set on fire. There are conflicting reports about who actually torched vehicles. Following the incident, a huge number of policemen and CRPF personnel barged into the campus of the university and brutally assaulted students. The security men also fired teargas shells inside the library where students were studying. Locals and students also charged that some cops entered the mosque also and beat up students there. The students have been protesting against the new citizenship law that discriminates with Muslims on the ground of religion.To protest against the police action and citizenship law, residents in the Muslim-dominated neighbourhood of Jamia Millia kept their shops and offices shut down from dawn to dusk on Monday. They did it without any call by any political outfit or religious group.There was very thin vehicular traffic on the internal roads in Jamia Nagar areas including Shaheen Bagh, Abul Fazal Enclave, Batla House, Zakir Nagar and Ghaffar Manzil. There was almost 100 per cent shut down in these areas.To protest against the citizenship law and upcoming NRC updation, hundreds of residents blocked the Delhi-Noida highway near Shaheen Bagh-Kalindi Kunj bus stop.The protesters included men and women, old and young.On the other hand, hundreds of students of Jamia and local residents demonstrated on road near the main gate of the university against the Sunday action of the police. They were demanding probe into the incident and action against the cops for entering the premises without permission and beating the students.indiatomorrow
 Bullets Injuries To Jamia Protesters
New Delhi: Two persons who were part of yesterday's protest march in Delhi  -- admitted to the Safdarjung Hospital allegedly with bullet injuries -- had been hit by splinters from bursting tear gas shells, the Delhi Police said, strongly denying that any firearms were used to quell mob. Joint Commissioner of Police Devesh Srivastava said, "We have not shot anyone and  we do not have rubber bullet".The hospital's medical superintendent had earlier told NDTV that they had bullet injuries.The protest against the new Citizenship law - organised by the students of Jamia Millia Islamia --  had culminated in a pitched battle with the crowd.Unconfirmed videos of people with alleged bullet injuries at hospitals had been doing the rounds in social media after yesterday's violence. But Delhi Police, which was accused of using excessive force against the Jamia students, today categorically denied using firearms. "There was no firing, no casualties in Jamia violence," MS Randhawa, Public Relations Officer of Delhi Police, told reporters at a press conference this afternoon. "There was no firing from our side. Our referral hospital is AIIMS, we did not get these people admitted. We're trying to find out how they reached Safdarjung (hospital) and also the nature of their injuries. We are probing further. There are some things that cannot be shared right now," he said. Splinters from tear gas shells when they burst have been known to be lethal in the past. In some cases, they have even caused deaths.NDTV
Police went berserk at AMU on Sunday, claim doctors and eyewitnesses
Eyewitness accounts from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) suggest that a large posse of policemen, led by the DIG, was waiting outside the main gate of the university on Sunday evening even before the students came out to protest against police brutality in Jamia.A group of AMU students assembled inside the campus near the main gate and began shouting slogans. Soon thereafter a few stones were hurled at the policemen outside. And as if on cue, the men in uniform rushed in, firing rubber bullets and caning students.Aligarh SSP Akash Kulhari had last week told the students opposing the Citizenship Amendment Bill (now Act) that they were free to protest peacefully and ‘democratically’ inside the campus. Why then did the Rapid Action force and policemen rush inside? Students claimed that stones were hurled at the police by agents provocateurs and demanded that an independent inquiry be conducted.The role of the police at AMU has also come under a cloud because of the accounts given by several doctors, who were prevented from reaching the hospital in the campus. Said Dr Azimuddin Malik, “ My car sported Red Cross symbol, I had a stethoscope around my neck and a white doctor’s gown but I was stopped at the main gate; and police refused to allow me entry though I pleaded that I was responding to an emergency call.”Dr Malik and his fiancée, also a doctor, were forced to take a long detour through Jamalpur to reach the AMU hospital. He saw several police vehicles take the same route to get inside the campus.Around 60 AMU students had sustained serious injuries, doctors confirmed. Some had head injuries and were bleeding profusely. Others had their limbs broken. The Students’ Union President Salman Imtiaz had been hit by rubber bullets and was gasping for breath.Doctors told this correspondent that students had been assaulted mercilessly. “Not even animals are assaulted like this,” said a doctor on condition of anonymity.One of the injured students, Nadeem, claimed he was in the library when he heard a commotion outside. When he came out of the library, he saw policemen chasing a group of students. “Whoever they found on the way, the policemen pounced on them. I too was not spared though I was not among the protestors,” he added.Another doctor told NH, “As a doctor, I can say with authority that the policemen did not act with any restraint. They were clearly unconcerned where they were hitting and what could be the consequences.”Police entered the hostels too at AMU and dragged the students studying in their rooms out. They were particularly severe with senior students staying in hostels in the Macdonald area. Clearly the policemen had been given directions, the eyewitness accounts held, and had done their homework.Demand for an inquiry was growing in Aligarh with students and faculty members pointing out that the police did not spare AMU security guards, the Vice Chancellor’s driver and even the elderly.nationalheraldindia
AMU: 21 held after clashes between students, police; hostels being vacated
As many as 21 people have been arrested in connection with the clashes between AMU students and police over the Citizenship Amendment Act and orders issued to completely vacate all hostels of the university, officials said on Monday."We have arrested 21 persons in the matter. Named FIR has been lodged against 56 persons and others unidentified, SSP Aligarh Akash Kulhary told PTI over the phone from Aligarh.AMU Proctor Afifullah khan said no student will be allowed to remain in the hostels as strict orders have been issued to vacate all hostels completely.PTI
Aligarh Schools, Colleges to Remain Shut Tomorrow as Protests Against Citizenship Law Flare Up
New Delhi: In view of the ongoing student protests against the amended Citizenship Act, the district administration of Aligarh declared that all schools, degree colleges and other educational institutions in the city will remain closed on Dec. 16 and 17.news18
Police entered univ campus without permission, says Jamia VC Najma Akhtar
Jamia Millia Islamia Vice-Chancellor Najma Akhtar on Monday asserted that the varsity will not tolerate police presence on campus and demanded a high-level inquiry into the crackdown on university students."Police entered the campus without permission. We will not tolerate police presence on campus. They scared our students with police brutality. There has been huge damage to university property," Akhtar said at a press conference here."We will file FIR on damage of property and police action on students, we want high level inquiry. I will present facts to the HRD Minister," she added.Akhtar said the university should not be targeted and its image should not be maligned.PTI
After Jamia and AMU, Nadwa in Lucknow erupts in protest over citizenship law
New Delhi:After Jamia Millia Islamia and AMU, violence broke out at Nadwa college in Uttar Pradesh’s capital Lucknow over the new citizenship law.A group of students Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama, or Nadwa college, had on Sunday night attempted to come outside and reportedly raised slogans against the arrest of Jamia students by Delhi Police. The teams of Uttar Pradesh Police were rushed to the spot who along with the Nadwa administration took the students inside.But on Monday morning, the number of protesters started swelling up and the police had to close the gate of the college from outside.“There was stone pelting for about 30 seconds when around 150 people had come out to protest and raise slogans. The situation is normal now, students are going back to their classrooms,” said Lucknow Superintendent of Police, Kalanidhi Naithani.The students were raising slogans in support of students of Delhi’s Jamia university, who clashed with the police on Sunday during a protest against the amended citizenship law. Nadwa College was closed till January 5.hindustantimes
Students across country condemn Delhi Police action on Jamia counterparts, Mamata holds mega rally against exclusionary law, Congress blames PM Narendra Modi, Amit Shah for current situation
Guardians come out in support of students, say will not tolerate atrocities on them
Parents and local guardians on Monday came out in support of students protesting outside the Jamia Millia University against the police action during a protest over the amended Citizenship Act a day earlier. Nationalheraldindia
Jamaat-e-Islami Hindi seeks judicial probe into police action against students
Jamaat-e-Islami Hindi, an Islamic organisation, also condemned the police action against the Jamia students. In a statement today, the body's president Syed Sadatullah Hussaini said, "All this blatant violence was carried out without the permission of the university authorities." Also referring to the violence at Aligarh Muslim University, the body said, "We demand an independent judicial probe of this incident and punitive action against errant police personnel. We express our solidarity with the student community who are fighting for their constitutionally guaranteed democratic right of dissent and urge all justice-loving citizens of our country to support the students of JMI, AMU and others in their fight for justice." Indian Express
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind condemns cops role in Jamia, AMU
Amnesty slams police action against Jamia, AMU students
  The Amnesty International India on Monday slammed the police for its "violent" action against students at Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) protesting against the amended citizenship act.It said the allegations that the police brutally beat up and sexually harassed Jamia students must be investigated and those responsible prosecuted.The human rights body''s executive director, Avinash Kumar, in a statement said the arrest of protesters violate India''s obligations under international law, specifically the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to respect and protect the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, set out in Article 19 and Article 21 of that treaty."Students have the right to protest. Violence against them cannot under any circumstance be justified," he said, referring to media reports on police baton charge against the protesting AMU students. PTI
'Grant Of Citizenship On Basis Of Religion Is Against Grain Of Constitution' : Civil Rights Activists Move SC
Civil rights activists Harsh Mander, Aruna Roy, Nikhil Dey, Irfaan Habib and Prabhat Patnaik have filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the constitutional validity of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act 2019.The petitioners argue that the Act, which liberalizes and fast-tracks grant of citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, promotes religion-based discrimination.
Kejriwal Joins List of Chief Ministers Opposing Citizenship Amendment Act
New Delhi: Delhi’s Arvind Kejriwal has joined the list of chief ministers to openly voice opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019. Kejriwal told IANS that his party opposed the law as a Bill in parliament, and will continue to oppose it even though it has been passed by both houses of parliament.Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh had said in the Rajya Sabha that the Bill violated the constitution, and could not be accepted. “I am opposing this Bill as it is against the Constitution made by Babasaheb Ambedkar. It is against the Preamble of the Constitution. It is against the India of the dreams of Mahatma Gandhi and Bhagat Singh,” he had said.Kejriwal is not alone – a number of opposition chief ministers have said that they oppose the law. So far, West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee, Kerala’s Pinarayi Vijayan, Punjab’s Amarinder Singh, Madhya Pradesh’s Kamal Nath and Chhattisgarh’s Bhupesh Baghel have said that they “will not allow” the amended law to be implemented in their states.“BJP does what it knows best. They misguide people in the name of religion and caste. The economy has gone down but there is no discussion on it in the parliament. The prices of onions have gone in excess of Rs 150 but there is no work on that front. They have also not done anything for the Hindu community and only indulge in vote bank politics,” Baghel said about the new law.
Caught on video: Cops assaulting women at Jamia protests
After a video emerged of police assaulting a group of protesters comprising mainly women, two of those who were hit spoke to Indian Express about the incident. They were at Alshifa hospital, where many of those injured were being treated.Ayesha Renna, 22, a history student at Jamia Millia Islamia, and Ladeeda Sakhaloon, 22, a BA Arabic student were among those who were seen getting thrashed by policemen. They were part of the protests near NFC. Renna said, “We were at the back of the group. Around 5.30 pm, we saw people at the front running back and police charging towards us. We went inside the garage of a house and stayed there. There were nine of us girls and one boy. The gate couldn’t be closed because a car was blocking it. A few policemen surrounded us outside and asked us to come out. They said they wouldn’t hit us. We refused but suddenly one of them dragged the boy out and we were pulled out too. They then started hitting all of us with lathis.” Sakhaloon reiterated Renna’s allegations.
India’s diversity should be kept as it is: New French Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain
New Delhi: Amid protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), newly-appointed French Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain Monday said the country’s diversity should be kept “as it is”.Speaking to reporters in Delhi, the French envoy said issues such as the CAA and the NRC are India’s “internal matters”. He also expressed hope that the rule of law will ultimately prevail in India and said France will always uphold “freedom of all religions”.theprint
PM Modi is distressed at ‘violent protests’ but voices no regret for communal barb made in Jharkhand
The day after making the insidious and provocative statement that he and others could make out the identity of protestors opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act by the clothes they wear, Prime minister Narendra Modi finally tweeted on Monday that he is distressed at the violent protests ‘ on CAA’ ( sic) which he added are unfortunate.Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the statement in Dumka, Jharkhand on Sunday. He was quoted as saying, Congress & their allies are creating a ruckus. They are doing arson because they did not get their way. Those who are creating violence can be identified by their clothes itself.”It triggered comments and memes with some pointing out that policemen in uniform were seen on Sunday vandalising parked motorcycles in AMU and unleashing violence and brutality against students at Jamia.nationalheraldindia
Indian premier claims citizenship law 'not against any religion'
"I'm Not Even Muslim But Am At The Frontline": Jamia Student Breaks Down
New Delhi: Students lay bleeding in the library and on roads and many women hid in the bushes as police stormed the Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi during violent protests against the new citizenship law, which have spread to several campuses in the country."We thought Delhi is the safest place for students, and this is a central university. I thought the university is the safest place, nothing can happen to us. We cried all night. What is happening," a woman student wept before TV cameras this morning. She said she and many others were leaving the hostel."I don't feel safe in this entire country. I don't know where I will go and get lynched. I don't know if tomorrow my friends will be Indians."ndtv
‘Water, Not Fuel’: Delhi Cops on Accusations of Setting Bus Ablaze
Amid the Anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests in New Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia University, a video of the Delhi Police has gone viral where the cops are claimed to be setting a DTC bus on fire. In the video where a two wheeler already set on fire is lying next to an orange DTC bus, police personnel are seen pouring what is claimed to be 'fuel' into the fire.The police later told The Quint that they were instead trying to douse the fire."We were carrying water in those (yellow containers). And those particular buses haven't even been burnt. You can still see them parked," a police personnel said. The visuals have gone viral with many accusing the police of setting fire to the bus to frame protesters.Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also tweeted the visuals, accusing BJP of getting police to set buses on fire as part of its “dirty politics”.Sisodia also tweeted some photos from the protest site. "There should be an impartial investigation into the violence that erupted during the protest against the amended Citizenship Act," the deputy chief minister said in a tweet in Hindi.The Quint
UN Rights Official Urges India to Scrap New Citizenship Law
GENEVA :Office of the UN’s top human rights official is urging India to scrap its new Citizenship (Amendment) Act, which it says discriminates against Muslims.Violent protests erupted in the Indian states of Assam and Tripura in the wake of last week’s passage of India’s new citizenship law, killing three people and Injuring many others, including police officers. UN human rights office says it deplores the government’s brutal crackdown on those protesting the enactment of the law, which it calls fundamentally discriminatory. The amended legislation grants citizenship rights to six religious minorities fleeing persecution in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. But human rights spokesman, Jeremy Laurence, says the law does not extend the same protection to Muslims.“The amended law would appear to undermine the commitment to equality before the law enshrined in India’s constitution and India’s obligations under International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention for the elimination of Racial Discrimination, to which India is a state party,” he said. Laurence says India’s Citizenship Act could violate these international covenants, which prohibit racial, ethnic or religious discrimination.  voanews.com
Fact Check: BJP Shared Doctored Video to Paint AMU Students as Anti-Hindu
A video of AMU students protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act is being circulated on social media with a claim that they raised slogans against Hindus. BJP Yuva Morcha vice president Santosh Ranjan Rai posted the video with the message, “हिंदुओं की कब्र खुदेगी, AMU की छाती पर.यह भारत में सुनने को मिल रहा है भाई  (The grave of Hindus will be dug on the chest of AMU. We are getting to listen this in India -translated)”. With the help of a keyword search on Twitter, Alt News found the same video with better audio and video quality. Listening to the video posted below, it becomes clear that the claim about the students raising anti-Hindu slogans is false. They were actually raising slogans against Hindutva, Savarkar, BJP, Brahminism and casteism.Here, the students can be heard saying, “हिंदुत्व की कब्र खुदेगी, AMU की छाती पर, सावरकर की कब्र खुदेगी, AMU की छाती पर, ये बीजेपी की कब्र खुदेगी, AMU की छाती पर, ब्राह्मणवाद की कब्र खुदेगी, AMU की छाती पर, ये जातीवाद की कब्र. (grave of Hindutva will be dug on the chest of AMU, grave of Savarkar will be dug on the chest of AMU, this BJP’s grave will be dug on the chest of AMU, Brahminism’s grave will be dug on the chest of AMU, Casteism’s grave will be dug -translated)”. It may be noted that this video was uploaded on Dec.12.
Kerala govt. joins hands with Opposition to fight Centre on CAA
In a rare bipartisan coming together of political forces against Centre, Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in Kerala on Monday joined hands with Congress-led UDF Opposition to protest against the enactment of the recently legislated and controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala joined a galaxy of Ministers, leaders and heads of social organisations at a protest here to condemn BJP-sponsored law as “patently unconstitutional and particularly discriminative against Muslim refugees and migrants” aspiring for Indian citizenship. thehindu
Detained Jamia students released, Altnews exposes BJP’s fake video
Following orders of Delhi Minorities Commission, all detained students from Jamia were finally released by the police early on Monday. The Commission had threatened to take legal action against SHOs and asked for a compliance report by 3 pm on Dec.16.The Commission’s order followed 12 hours of an ugly standoff which saw Delhi policemen barge into the Jamia campus, enter the library, canteen and even washrooms, break glass doors and windows, drag out students and assault them. They are also accused of abusing and assaulting a woman reporting for BBC.Even more seriously, police are accused of firing tear gas shells inside the library and a mosque inside the campus.The provocation, police claimed, was a violent protest outside Jamia against the Citizenship Amendment Act, in which three buses were apparently torched. Media reports quoted police sources admit that the trouble was instigated by outsiders. The night-long attrition saw hundreds of students, parents and members of the civil society reach the former police headquarters at ITO around midnight and demand the release of the detained students. Armed with photographs of Mahatma Gandhi and Ambedkar, they shouted slogans in support of Jamia students.As news of the standoff spread, students at Hyderabad, Aligarh, Mumbai and Guwahati were reported to have taken our protest marches in solidarity. However, several BJP workers including its IT Cell chief tried to fish in troubled water by tweeting a video and claiming that students had raised anti-Hindu slogans. Fact checking website Altnews was quick to expose the fake video. Pratik Sinha tweeted: “Many senior BJP functionaries including Amit Malviya and Tajinder Bagga posted a video claiming that slogans against Hindus were raised in AMU. Alt News found the claim to be false, read the #AltNewsFactCheck for more.Early on Monday morning, Yogendra Yadav of Swaraj India tweeted, “ Back from Jamia. FACTS: 125+ injured 5+ detained; Police used brutal force, chased students into library, hostels…IMPRESSIONS: Trouble began with miscreants from outside campus; Local political leaders instigated the youth; Stone pelting by students, also by police.”“About bus burning, there are too many conspiracy theories, videos and counters. Hard to say anything with confidence, except that 3 buses were burnt and that it was condemnable.”nationalheraldindia
Opposition demands judicial inquiry into Jamia-AMU police action
Opposition parties today attacked the Narendra Modi government over the police action against students in the Jamia Millia Islamia University and AMU and demanded a judicial inquiry by a sitting Supreme Court judge into the alleged police atrocities on the students of Jamia who were protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.“Delhi Police comes under the Centre, so the Modi government has to answer how the police entered the campus (Jamia Millia University) without the permission of V-C, went inside the library and even the students' washrooms. A judicial inquiry should be held into the incident to fix accountability,” said Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad.He said that the students' protests were part of largescale agitations being held all over the country against the “unconstitutional” CAA and held PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah responsible for the situation. He denied the allegation made by Modi that the Congress was instigating the protests, saying, “If the Congress had that kind of strength, Modi would not be the prime minister.”The press conference was held impromptu in Delhi after a telephonic discussion amongst them on the largescale protests in campuses against CAA and the alleged police high-handedness in dealing with the agitation.CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury expressed concern over three central universities being in turmoil and demanded to know on whose orders Delhi Police entered the Jamia campus. “Home Minister is directly in charge of police. Where is he? He is not be seen over the last two days?” he said.D. Raja, National Secretary of the CPI, said there was a civil war-like situation in the country. “Jammu and Kashmir was thrown into turmoil by the abrogation of Article 370. And now, after the enactment of CAA, the whole country is in turmoil,” he said. The Left parties have given a call for nationwide protests against CAA on Dec.19.Rajya Sabha MP Manoj Jha, of the RJD, said his party has given a call for Bihar Bandh on December 21 to protest against CAA. “The state cannot perpetually be at war against the youth and the students,” he noted.Javed Ali of the Samajwadi Party claimed that while incidents of arson took place around three kilometres away from the Jamia university, the police cracked down on the students, who were inside the campus.the week
Few people took money from BJP for perpetrating violence, outside forces involved: Mamata
KOLKATA: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee alleged on Monday that a few people were paid by the BJP to perpetrate violence in the state, even as she blamed some powers from outside West Bengal "acting as friends" of the Muslim community for the vandalism and arson. TMC supremo, who led a mega rally from Red Road to Jorasanko Thakur Bari, the residence of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore in north Kolkata, vowed not to implement the amended Citizenship Act and NRC in Bengal and dared Centre to dismiss her government. "There are some forces from outside the state, who are acting as friends of minorities and have indulged in this violence. These forces are stooges of the BJP, don't fall into their trap," Banerjee told party members. "As long as I am alive, I will never implement the citizenship law or NRC in the state. You can very well dismiss my government or put me behind bars but I will never implement this black law. I will continue to protest democratically till this law is scrapped," she said hitting out at the BJP. The chief minister also condemned the police action on students at Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi and said it should not have happened.PTI
We were buying grocery when they shot my mother: Victim’s daughter
GUWAHATI: In the protests against the then Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) and now Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) on December 12 the same resulted in some grievous injuries due to the army trying to quell the same.In one of such incident, a lady of Hatigaon area was shot by army personnel while she was out buying grocery for her family. The victim, identified as Nazmin Afroz, in her attempt to stock up her provisions found herself at the receiving end of the bullet when the Army decided to go on a flag march in the area.“I along with my mother went there to buy essential commodities when the army men started firing without really taking note of who was protesting or who the passers-by were,” said the victim’s daughter.She further said that although the bullet was not aimed at her it somehow managed to hit her along with 17-year-old Sam Stafford who died on the spot.guwahatiplus.com
#JamiaProtest: Anubhav Sinha, Swara Bhasker, Vikrant Massey and others condemn Delhi Police for action against students
With the Citizenship (Amendment) Act shaking the entire nation, people from various parts of the country protested against the bill which was passed by the government a few days ago.But what shocked the everyone was Delhi Police's action against the students and staff of Jamia Millia Islamia university. According to reports, the Delhi Police entered the campus of Jamia without permission and beat up students and staff, as they along with the locals protested at Jamia Nagar on Sunday against the amended Citizenship Act.While this horrific brutality shocked the entire, several people took to social media to raise their concern and condemn Delhi Police's actions. With hashtags like #JamiaMilia and #JamiaProtest trending on social media, several Bollywood celebrities even took to their respective handles to express their concern as well as slam the police.'Veere Di Wedding' actress Swara Bhasker took to Twitter and wrote, "Shocking messages of violence, tear gassing from #Jamia in #Delhi ! Why are students being treated like criminals? Why are hostels being tear gassed.. ??? What is going on #DelhiPolice ???? Shocking and shameful! #CABProtests" On the other hand, 'Article 15' director Anubhav Sinha took to social media and questioned the ones in power on being silent in a series of tweets.'Jolly LLB 2' actress Sayani Gupta shared a picture of A-listed Bollywood stars with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked them to come out and take a stand against the brutality as she wrote, "On behalf of the students of Jamia & AMU request at least one of you to tweet or message Mr. Modi condemning this act of police brutality and violence against students. The time has come to speak up guys. Yes? No? May be?"'Chhapaak' star Vikrant Massey, Konkona Sensharma, Ali Fazal, Soni Razdan, Richa Chadha and others also took to their respective handles to raise their voice against the brutality which shocked the entire country.TOI
15 Vehicles Torched in UP's Mau During Anti-Citizenship Act Stir; Cops Use Tear Gas, Fire in Air
Mau: Protesters torched 15 vehicles as a demonstration against Citizenship Amendment Act and police action in Jamia Millia Islamia University turned violent here on Monday, prompting the police to fire in air.The incident occurred in Dakshintola area of Mau. Police used tear gas shells and also fired in the air to control the situation after protesters set ablaze 15 vehicles, including those of police.Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi said senior officials are on the spot. "The mob has been dispersed. Section 144 of CrPC is already implemented in the district," he said.PTI
Jamia Students Protest ‘Bare-Bodied’, Demand Action Against Police
After the Jamia Millia Islamia University witnessed violent clashes with the police amid anti-CAA protests on Sunday, 15 December, several students launched a ‘bare-bodied’ protest on Monday, against ‘police excesses’.Slogans of ‘inquilab zindabad’ rent the air as the group of around 10 students, accompanied by their colleagues, took out a small march, demanding a CBI inquiry into the “police brutality.”When asked what message they wanted to convey by protesting bare-bodied, one of the students told The Quint: “We are doing this because we condemn the way the police treated our brothers and sisters yesterday (Sunday). If there really is law in this country, then we want justice.”He further said, “There should be an investigation in whatever violence the police carried out last night. An action must be taken legally.” As he spoke, students in the background echoed his views.Another student said, “Our movement is based on Gandhian principles, we want to do everything in a non-violent manner.”thequint
Police crackdown on Jamia students an attack on soul of nation, says Priyanka after dharna at India Gate
Accompanied by senior Congress leaders and thousands of Congress activists, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi held a two-hour-long symbolic silent protest at India Gate in Delhi on Monday to show solidarity with the students of Jamia Millia Islamia.“Government has given a blow to the Constitution. It is an attack on the soul of the nation, youth is the soul of the nation. It is their right to protest. I am a mother too. You entered into their library, dragged them out and thrashed them up. This is tyranny,” said Priyanka while talking to media at the Congress headquarters after dharna.Reiterating that every person in Congress will fight against this tyranny and stand with the students, Priyanka demanded an answer from the PM Modi.“Prime Minister should answer on what happened at the University yesterday, whose government beat up the students? He should speak on the sinking economy. His party MLA raped a girl, why has not he spoken on it?” asked Priyanka.She re-emphasised that the Citizenship amendment law is against India's Constitution. It is to destroy our Constitution. Police cordoned off the movement around India Gate and asked for nearby metro stations to be shut down during Priyanka’s dharna.nationalheraldindia
"Country And I Concerned About Jamia Students": Cricketer Irfan Pathan
New Delhi: Cricketer Irfan Pathan has said he is concerned about the students of Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia, where violence erupted on Sunday during a protest against the new citizenship law."Political blame game will go on forever but I and our country is concerned about the students of Jamia Millia," he tweeted.NDTV
India’s Internet shutdown in Kashmir is the longest ever in a democracy
NEW DELHI:Each morning at 8:15 a.m., a train pulls out of the station in the Kashmiri capital of Srinagar. Hundreds of passengers cram the cars for the 70-mile journey, packed so tightly they can barely move. Nearly all will return the same day.Kashmiris call the train the Internet Express. It shuttles people out of the Kashmir Valley — where India has shut down access to the Internet for more than four months — to the nearest town where they can get online. On a recent foggy morning, it was full of people hoping to renew driver’s licenses, apply for passports, fill out admissions forms and check email. They included 16-year-old Khushboo Yaqoob, who was rushing to register for a medical school exam. “If I had any other option, I wouldn’t be here,” she said.The shutdown, which entered its 134th day Monday, is now the longest ever imposed in a democracy, according to Access Now, an international advocacy group that tracks Internet suspensions. Only authoritarian regimes such as China and Myanmar have cut off the Internet for longer. The 7 million people in the Kashmir Valley were abruptly returned to a pre-Internet era. They are unable to operate online businesses or read this article. In early December, they began disappearing from WhatsApp because accounts are automatically deleted after 120 days of inactivity. Journalists rely on a government-run center with just 10 computers to file their stories. The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce estimates $1.4 billion in losses already.“The original idea that was asserted by the government for shutting down communications was to prohibit unrest, but that really cannot be the argument after four months,” said David Kaye, the United Nations special rapporteur on freedom of expression. He called the blockage “draconian” and “worse than collective punishment.”washingtonpost
Expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar Convicted in Unnao Rape Case
Ex-BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar was convicted by a Delhi trial court for the rape of a minor woman in Unnao in 2017. Judge Dharmesh Sharma pronounced the verdict to a packed courtroom at Tis Hazari courthouse, with the survivor’s mother present.Sengar has been convicted under Section 376 (rape) of Indian Penal Code read with Section 5 (aggravated penetrative sexual assault of a child) of the POCSO Act, as the court found that the girl was a minor at the time of the offence.The court has not announced the quantum of punishment for Sengar. Arguments on sentencing are to take place on 17 Dec., at 12:30pm. The maximum punishment he could face is life imprisonment.Sengar’s co-accused, Shashi Singh, was acquitted after the judge decided to give her the benefit of the doubt. Singh was alleged to have brought the girl to Sengar’s house.As Sengar was a public servant, the court convicted him under Section 5(c) of the POCSO Act, which deals with ‘aggravated penetrative sexual assault’ of a child by a public servant. Such offences are considered ‘aggravated’ as they involve the exploitation of a position of power or of a fiduciary relationship.the quint
Sky-high Ram temple to be built in Ayodhya within 4 months: Amit Shah
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said "a sky-high" Ram temple would come up in Ayodhya within the next four months. "The  Supreme Court has given its verdict. Now, within four months, a sky-high temple of Lord Ram will be built in Ayodhya," Shah said during an election rally in Jharkhand on Monday. Shah employed the Ramjanmabhoomi issue for election campaigning after the Supreme Court last month awarded the disputed Babri Masjid land for the Ram Lalla to construct a temple. It also ordered that a 5-acre plot be given to the Muslims in Ayodhya to construct a mosque. Shah asked Congress leader Kapil Sibal why he sought to drag the Ram Janmabhoomi case in the Supreme Court. "Congress leader and advocate Kapil Sibal sahab said, 'abhi mat chalaye case, baad mein chalaye. Keon bhai, aap ke pet mein kyon dard hai' (take up the case latter, why do you have a stomach ache following the case)," Shah asked Sibal.On Monday, addressing a rally in Jharkhand's Pakur, Shah hit out against Rahul Gandhi and Hemant Soren. "Rahul Gandhi is asking why we are talking of Kashmir in Jharkhand.theweek
Students at Mangaluru school enact Babri demolition, Kiran Bedi looks on
Students at a school in Karnataka’s Mangaluru recreated the scene of the Babri Masjid demolition and shouted provocative slogans like “mandir wahin bange” (Ram temple will be built at Babri site only) and “Jai Shri Ram” in the presence of high Constitutional authorities including Union Minister D.V. Sadanand Gowra and Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi.Notably, the Supreme Court in its judgment on the decades-old Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute last month noted that the act of demolition of the masjid on December 6, 1992 was “illegal”. A slew of BJP leaders have also been facing trial for the same.Several activities were organised at Shri Ram Vidya Kendra in Mangaluru during the school’s sports festival on Sunday. In one of the activities, students were to charge at a big cardboard poster of the Babri Masjid and tear it apart while shouting slogans like ‘Jai Shri Ram’, a video that surfaced on social media showed. All this happened in the presence of a Union minister and a Lieutenant Governor who also happens to be a retired IPS officer.The school is run by Prabhakar Bhatt, an RSS functionary and a member of the Sangh’s regional executive committee.nationalheraldindia

Donald Trump poised to become third U.S. president to be impeached
Republican Donald Trump is likely this week to become the third U.S. president to be impeached when the Democratic-led House of Representatives votes on charges stemming from his effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden.Mr. Trump faces one charge of abusing his power by asking Ukraine to investigate Mr. Biden, a leading Democratic contender to oppose him in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, and one of obstructing Congress’ investigation into the matter.The House of Representatives is likely to take up the issue on Wednesday, setting the stage for a vote this week on whether to approve the charges and send the matter to the Republican-led Senate to hold a trial on whether to remove Mr. Trump from office.Democrats, who enjoy a 36-seat majority in the House, are expected to win an impeachment vote, which requires a simple majority.Republicans hold 53 of the 100 seats in the Senate, where they appear likely to prevail in any trial against Mr. Trump, which would require a two-thirds majority of those present to remove him from office.Seeking to shape any trial, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called on Sunday for testimony from White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, former national security adviser John Bolton, Mulvaney aide Robert Blair and budget official Michael Duffey.thehindu
4,000 US troops to leave Afghanistan: Report
The U.S. is planning to withdraw some 4,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan, Voice of America reported, citing Afghan officials.The withdrawal could start around three months from now under "a mutual understanding between the two allied nations,” said the U.S.-funded outlet, citing Dawa Khan Meenapal, a spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.Other U.S. media outlets said the troop withdrawal could be announced as early as next week. President Donald Trump previously stressed his intention to reduce the troop presence in Afghanistan, where 12,000-13,000 U.S. soldiers are currently serving in the nation’s longest-running war."We're going down to 8,600 and then we make a determination from there as to what happens," Trump told Fox News Radio in August. "We're bringing it down."Anadolu Agency
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