Citizenship Amendment Act Protests LIVE: Protests Against New Citizenship Law Continue To Grip Nation
Supreme Court Orders On Petitions Against Police Action In Jamia, Other Universities
- The petitioners are directed to approach the High Courts.
- The High Courts will be at liberty to pass appropriate orders on arrests and medical treatment if brought to their notice.
The High Courts will hear both sides of the issue and appoint committees for fact-finding.
Cops Enter Madras University As Students Continue Protests
A section of the students of the Madras University continued their protest for the second day on Tuesday against the amendment to the Citizenship Act, as police entered the campus.
Defiant students said they will continue their agitation "through the night."
While police personnel who entered the campus said they were for the "safety of the students," the protesters alleged two of the students were picked up by police.
Police sources said two students have been called for questioning over allegedly inciting students of affiliated colleges to join the stir at the varsity's Marina campus.
The varsity, according to the about 50 protesting students, has declared holiday till Jan. 2.
The coordinator claimed that the two students are "under the custody of police."
A senior police official told reporters on the campus that they had no intention of forcibly evicting the students from the campus.
"We arrived here following a representation from the varsity authorities and for the safety of students," he said.
Asked if two students have been detained, the official said "when somebody is called in for inquiry, you cannot call it arrest or detention."
Supreme Court To Consider Plea To Curb Fake News Surrounding Citizenship Law
The Supreme Court Tuesday agreed to hear on Wednesday the plea seeking a direction to the Centre and three states, including West Bengal, to publicise aims, objectives and the benefits of the Citizenship Amendment Act to weed out the circulation of fake news on the subject.
Bhartiya Janata Party leader and lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay, who initially sought a Central Bureau Investigation or a court-monitored Special Investigation Team probe into the large scale violence during protests, later filed the amended PIL seeking a direction to the Centre, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Delhi governments to publicise the factual aspects of the newly enacted CAA.
Opposition Leaders Meet President Over Police Action In Jamia
Leaders of few opposition parties led by Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday met President Ram Nath Kovind over the police action in Jamia Millia Islamia.
The opposition has demanded a judicial probe into Sunday's police action against Jamia students. The opposition leaders had on Monday said they would lodge their protest with the president against the government over the police action and the amendments to the citizenship law.
Government To Ensure Citizenship To Persecuted People Despite Opposition: Shah
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday asserted the Modi government will ensure that the non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan get Indian nationality and live in the country with honour.
Shah also challenged those, who are against the new law, to oppose the legislation as much as they can.
Come what may, the Modi government is firm that it will ensure these refugees get Indian citizenship and live as Indians with honour.Amit Shah, Home Minister of India
The home minister said no Indian will lose his or her nationality due to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 and the legislation has been enacted to give citizenship to persecuted minorities of the three neighbouring countries.
He asked students who are opposing the legislation to read it properly and understand its meaning.
Delhi CM Kejriwal Appeals To Maintain Peace
In the wake of violent protest in Seelampur area, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday appealed to Delhiites to maintain peace, saying violence cannot be tolerated in a civilised society.
Angry protesters demanding scrapping of the amended citizenship law torched several motor bikes, pelted stones at police personnel and damaged public buses in Northeast Delhi's Seelampur area.
"I appeal to all the citizens of Delhi to maintain peace. Violence of any kind cannot be tolerated in a civilised society. Nothing will be gained by violence. Put your views peacefully," Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi.