CAA Protests LIVE: Stone-pelting reported in Lucknow’s Nadwa college, cops on standby;Jamaat-e-Islami Hindi seeks judicial probe into police action against students
Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) Protests, Jamia, AMU Today Live News Updates: At least 100 people, including students, policemen and firefighters were injured, after cops lobbed teargas shells inside the college campus during a demonstration against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
By:Express Web Desk| Lucknow, New Delhi |Updated: December 16, 2019 12:27:29 pm
Delhi Police personnel surround and beat students of Jamia Millia Islamia (Express photo by Gajendra Yadav)
Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) Protests Today Live News Updates:Taking note of the violence in the wake of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests, the Supreme Court agreed to hear on Tuesday a batch of petitions on the condition that all rioting must stop. Chief Justice S A Bobde passed the remark after advocate Indira Jaising claimed that students across varsities were forced to take hide in washrooms to escape police action.
As many as 50 students, who weredetained during protests at the Jamia Millia Islamia Universityagainst the contentious law in the national capital, were released in the wee hours of Monday. While 35 of them were released were the Kalkaji police station, the remaining 15 were released from New Friends Colony. Over 100 people, including students, policemen and firefighters were injured, after cops lobbed teargas shells inside the college campus, forced their way in, and allegedly dragged students out of the library and the mosque, and assaulted them.
This is the second flare-up in the National Capital after 27 people were detained following clashes with police during a protest against the law last Friday outside the campus, involving Jamia students and local residents. Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief MinisterMamata Banerjeecalled for amega rally in Kolkatato protest against the citizenship law.
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An injured protester being taken away, in New Delhi on Sunday. (Express photo by Gajendra Yadav)
Elsewhere in the country, protests spilled over to a third day in West Bengal where at least 15 railway stations and two local trains were vandalised, while an internet clampdown continued in Assam, where the agitation first turned violent last week.
In Delhi, theday started with students of Jamiaorganising a “community march” to mobilise people for a Parliament march “in the near future” and inform local residents about the new law, which grants citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians, Jains and Parsis — but not Muslims — who entered the country from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan until December 31, 2014.
However, as the crowd swelled, a section of protesters grew restive and insisted they march to Parliament today itself. Violence broke out when some protesters tried to reach the Ring Road but were stopped by police from going further.
The situation on the campus escalated around 6.45 pm, when police personnel in riot gear dragged out four-five students and beat them with lathis before putting them inside a bus. Teargas shells were simultaneously lobbed inside the campus as protesters retaliated by hurling stones at personnel gathered at the gates.
At around 7 pm, over 100 students were taken out of the campus in a line with their hands in the air. They said they had been brought out from the central library.
University authorities, meanwhile, dissociated themselves from the protests and said local residents were indulging in stone-pelting and arson.
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