Sunday, 22 December 2019

FLASH NEWS: 23 dead as BJP-ruled state UP tops toll in India citizenship law protests /Video Suggests UP Cop Opened Fire In Kanpur, Contrary To "No Police Firing" Claim


 23 dead as BJP-ruled state UP tops toll in India citizenship law protests
The death toll in protests in India against a contentious citizenship law seen as anti-Muslim has reached 23, as nine more people were killed on Saturday in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.15 people have died in the state during the protests so far, police spokesman Praveen Kumar said, adding that a "majority of the dead are young people".An anti-terror squad was deployed and internet services were suspended for another 48 hours in the state.Tarun Khaitan, professor of law and legal theory at the University of Oxford, told Al Jazeera that the BJP government "has been chipping away at India's constitutional fundamentals" since it came to power in 2014.aljazeera/AP
 Video Suggests UP Cop Opened Fire In Kanpur, Contrary To "No Police Firing" Claim
Lucknow: In large-scale violence that has gripped many parts of Uttar Pradesh since Thursday over the citizenship law protests, fifteen people have died, many of them from bullet injuries . But the state police continues to maintain that it has not fired a single bullet at protesters anywhere. Now, evidence that belies this claim has emerged from Kanpur where there were clashes between the police and protesters yesterday.A day after protesters clashed with the police in Uttar Pradesh over the contentious citizenship law, a video has emerged in which a policeman in Kanpur can be seen opening fire with his revolver. The video comes even as Uttar Pradesh Police maintains that that none of the people who died in the state after the protests were killed in police firing.In the video, the policeman, wearing a safety jacket and a helmet, can be seen walking at the site of the clashes with a revolver and baton. He can be seen walking to a corner and opening fire.ndtv
 Police-media nexus? Twitterati incensed after chilling video of Kanpur cop firing at anti-CAA protesters goes viral
15 people have been killed so far during the protests against the amended Citizenship Act. Though the Uttar Pradesh Police have denied firing a single bullet at the protesters, a new chilling video appears to contradict their claims. The video, believed to have been shot in Kanpur, also show’s media’s complicity as one voice is heard saying, “Camera hata do, inko chalane do goli (Shut the camera, let them fire bullets).”The video, according to NDTV, was from Kanpur, which saw a large-scale protests against the Citizenship Act in the last few days. In the video (see below), a policeman is seen wearing a safety jacket and flashing a revolver. Soon he moves to a corner before opening fire at the protesters.Of the 15 people killed, one death was reported from Kanpur.The police have not yet reacted to this viral video, but Twitterati are left incensed by the utter brutality by the UP Police.jantakareporter
 Days After Yogi Adityanath's "Revenge" Remark, Shops Sealed Over Violence
More than 60 shops in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, have been sealed following Thursday's mega protests across the country against the Centre's new citizenship law. The crackdown by the state administration comes after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's promise of action on protests - "We will take badla (revenge) on them," he had said. "There was violence in Lucknow and Sambhal and we will deal with it strictly. All properties of those involved in damaging public assets will be seized and auctioned to compensate for the losses," Yogi Adityanath had said. "They have been captured in video and CCTV footage. We will take "badla," he added.By the evening, 67 shops were sealed. No sealing has started in Lucknow or Sambhal, which had witnessed huge violence. Some notices for sealing have been distributed in Lucknow.ndtv
 People march in South Delhi in support of Jamia students, those facing police action
Scores of people took out a march in South Delhi on Sunday in support of Jamia Millia Islamia students and those facing police action for violent protest against the new citizenship law. Holding placards, people shouted 'Inquilab Zindabad' and demanded scrapping of the contentious law during the march in Alaknanda area. A group of Jamia students also participated in the protest. One of the placards read 'Hum kagaz nahi dikhayenge (We will not show documents), reject CAA, NRC', and another said, 'I stand with Jamia'. (PTI)
 Citizenship Act protests: CAA, NRC India’s ‘internal issues’ but worrisome that ‘uncertainty’ could affect neighbours, says Bangladesh Foreign Minister
Amid the massive protests over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act across the country, Bangladesh Foreign Minister A K Abdul Momen said that CAA and NRC are India’s “internal issues”, but voiced concern that any “uncertainty” in the country is likely to affect its neighbours.“CAB (now Citizenship Amendment Act) and NRC are internal issues of India. Indian government assured us again and again that these are their domestic issues, they are doing it because of legal and other reasons,” Momen told PTI in Dhaka.Uttar Pradesh DGP OP Singh on Sunday denied permission to the delegation of Trinamool Congress leaders who were planning to visit the families of those killed in the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests in the state. Led by senior party leader Dinesh Trivedi, the delegation, including MPs Pratima Mondal, Mohammad Nadimul Haque and Abir Biswas, was expected to reach Lucknow on Sunday.On the other hand, the BJP on Saturday announced it will run a nationwide campaign in the next 10 days to “expose” the “conspiracy” of Congress, TMC and Left parties to “spread hatred and violence” in the country over Citizenship Act. The party’s national general secretary Bhupinder Yadav said the party will go door-to-door as part of its nationwide campaign and connect with 3 crore families.Indian Express
 Citizenship law stir: Foreign tourists anxious, Indians prefer overseas destinations
KOLKATA:Over the past few days, countries such as US, UK, Canada, UAE and Australia among others have issued advisories, asking travellers to India, especially to the northeast, to be on guard. As protests against the amended Citizenship Act continue to rage in parts of the country, tourism industry has taken a hit this holiday season, with several nations deeming India as an unsafe travel destination.Stakeholders of the country’s tourism industry maintained that many domestic tourists were also looking to spend their winter vacations abroad, in view of the law-and- order situation.“We have been getting apprehensive calls from overseas tourists who wanted to know about the ground situation in the country, having read media reports. There had been no major cancellations or rescheduling as of now,” Jyoti Mayal, the president of Travel Agents Association of India, told PTI.The industry, which had not seen a significant rise in the number of visitors earlier this year, is skeptical that the ongoing protests would hit harder.PTI
 Gandhi’s great-grandson joins wave of protest at law isolating India’s Muslims
 25,000 protesters gathered in Mewat, in the Indian state of Haryana, to begin the historic 5-mile walk to Ghasera village. It was here, 72 years ago, that Mahatma Gandhi made the same journey during the turmoil of partition, visiting the area with the promise of a dignified life for local Muslims.While millions have retraced Gandhi’s steps before, this time felt different. Against the backdrop of a new Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) passed by the Indian parliament last week, which many believe is openly discriminatory against Muslims and relegates them to second-class citizens, honouring Gandhi’s words of religious harmony and reconciliation felt like a powerful political statement. “Mewat has witnessed many protests, but this is the biggest in our life,” resident Shahzad Khan told local media.As India has seen some of the biggest protests in four decades, the image and legacy of Gandhi, known as the “father of India” for his role in independence, has been omnipresent. Across India people have voiced fears that the new act, passed by prime minister Narendra Modi’s rightwing, Hindu nationalist, BJP government, risks destroying the secular, pluralistic India that Gandhi dedicated his life to building.It was no accident that on the same day that protesters marched in Mewat last week, thousands of demonstrators gathered at August Kranti Maidan in Mumbai, the spot from which Gandhi gave his famous “Quit India” speech to the British government in 1942.Among the millions who have taken to the streets defending Gandhi’s inclusive vision of India has been Gandhi’s great-grandson, Tushar Arun Gandhi. “For the first time in independent India,” said Tushar Gandhi, “laws or systems are being attempted to be imposed which discriminate, which differentiate, on the basis of religion.” theguardian.com
 'Let them be in delusion': Asaduddin Owaisi slams Muslim clerics supporting Citizenship Act
HYDERABAD: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi slammed Muslim clerics for making remarks in support of the new Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Owaisi said that they “didn’t care” while the country was protesting against CAA and the proposed all-India NRC. He also condemned the nationwide violence and emphasised the protesters to be peaceful.Owaisi said, “Let them talk. How does it matter? The country is going one way, all the students are protesting, people are dying and a student lost his eye. Everyone is frustrated with CAA and NRC and these people don’t care. Let them (clerics) be in delusion.”His comments came as he convened a meeting of the United Muslim Action Committee on Friday where several Muslim organisations including Jamaat-e-Islami Hind and others were present.At the meeting, which was called to discuss a strategy against the CAA and NRC, Owaisi said, “We have to oppose this Act strongly, but only after taking police permission and peacefully."“As you know in Lucknow and Delhi, there was police brutality and violence; in Mangaluru, two Muslims died. If there is violence, then we will condemn and disassociate ourselves from it,” he added.He is also mulling over organising more protests against across Telangana. However, he again stressed on the protests to be peaceful. newindianexpress
 Jamia students Aysha, Ladeeda attend anti-CAA meet in Hyd, get rousing reception
The meeting was held at Darussalam, the headquarters of the AIMIM, where the students shared the stage with Hyderabad MP Asadauddin Owaisi.The two female students of Jamia Millia Islamia, whose video standing up to to the police during an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protest went viral last week, were given a rousing reception in Hyderabad on Saturday evening, as a mammoth meeting took place in the city.Ladeeda Farzana and Aysha Renna, called for building a bigger movement to free the country from 'fascist forces', as thousands who had gathered cheered them on, waving massive national flags and holding up photos of Dr B R Ambedkar and copies of the Preamble to the Constitution of India.Aysha took to centre stage first, and spoke in English.thenewsminute
At mammoth protest against CAA in Hyderabad, Owaisi says it’s a fight to save India
2 people who died in Mangaluru police firing booked for rioting
After Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa assured there will be an inquiry into the police firing that killed two people in the anti-CAA stir in Mangaluru, it has come to light that the 2 deceased have been booked for rioting.Abdul Jaleel (49) and Nouseen Yane (23) who succumbed to their injuries on Friday were named as accused number 3 and accused number 8 in the FIR registered under multiple sections of Indian Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code and Karnataka Prevention of Destruction and Loss of Property Act. Though a private hospital in Mangaluru confirmed that both of them were brought dead, and Jaleel according to multiple witnesses was only waiting for his children to come back from tuition, the FIR alleging rioting has been filed by the police.PTI
 Jaleel was shot near home, had nothing to do with Citizenship Act protests: Mangaluru youth's brother
MANGALURU: My brother had nothing to do with the agitation and yet he became a victim of police firing, said a teary-eyed Mohammed Yahiya, brother of Abdul Jaleel who lost his life in Thursday’s clash between police and demonstrators.newindianexpress
 Mangaluru police firing: Rs 10 lakh compensation to kin of deceased
Karnataka chief minister B S Yediyurappa has announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to the families of victims who died in anti-CAA protests in Mangaluru on Thursday. According to the Karnataka CMO, the deputy commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district has been directed to provide the compensation amount immediately to the families.
 CAA stir: Situation peaceful in Bengal; BJP, Jamait ulema-e-Hind to take out rallies in Kolkata
KOLKATA:The situation in West Bengal was peaceful on Sunday morning, with no incidents of violence reported from any part of the state, police said.According to sources, police administration has increased vigil and beefed-up arrangements in trouble-torn areas to maintain law and order.The Bengal unit of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind is scheduled to take out a rally from Rani Rashmomi road in the afternoon. Police have stepped up security.The State BJP unit is also set to conduct rallies and marches in various parts of the State in support of the citizenship law.PTI
 Modi Delhi’s rally LIVE: Unity in diversity is hallmark of India, says PM at Ramlila Maidan
During a rally in Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said that unity in diversity is integral to India. BJP’s rally is taking place at Ramlila Maidan, close to Old Delhi’s Daryaganj that was hit by violence on Friday during the protest against the amended Citizenship Act.The rally has been organised to thank PM Modi for giving ownership rights to 40 lakh residents of 1731 unauthorised colonies. “This is a new dawn for the people of Delhi. Both Houses gave nod to uplift the landless people of Delhi. The people who have kept the rights away from the people of Delhi can now see the joy on your faces,” PM Modi said.indianexpress
 Afghanistan's Ashraf Ghani secures 50.64% of presidential vote in preliminary result: election commission
KABUL:Afghanistan election commission said on December 22 incumbent President Ashraf Ghani won the majority of September 28 presidential election votes in delayed preliminary results from a poll that plunged the country into political uncertainty.Independent Election Commission (IEC) said the total turnout in the presidential election, which was marred by allegations of massive fraud, was 1.9 million with Ghani securing 50.64% of it, enough to win in the first round. IEC head Hawa Alam Nuristani said in a press conference that the result could change after final results.AFP



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