Citizenship Amendment Act Updates: Protests Turn Violent In Delhi, Bengal
Internet Services Shut In Parts Of Bengal After Violence
Internet services were on Sunday suspended in five districts of West Bengal, amid violent protests against the amended Citizenship Act across the state, a senior government official said. The government has decided to shutdown Internet services in Malda, Murshidabad, Howrah, North 24 Parganas and parts of South 24 Parganas districts to prevent rumour-mongering and circulation of fake news, especially on social media, the official said.
BJP Ally To Challenge Citizenship Act In Supreme Court
The Asom Gana Parishad, an ally of the ruling BJP, would file a petition in the Supreme Court praying for revocation of the amended Citizenship Act, party leader Kumar Deepak Das said on Sunday. He asserted that the AGP respected the sentiments of common people, who were wary that the law might threaten their identity and existence. Sources said a delegation of the AGP, led by Das, would leave for Delhi in the evening to file the plea in the apex court.
Buses Torched As Delhi Protest Turns Violent
Violence erupted on Mathura Road in southeast Delhi following a clash between police and Jamia Millia Islamia students who were protesting against the amended Citizenship Act. The protesters torched DTC buses and a fire tender was damaged, police claimed. A Delhi Fire Services official said four fire tenders were rushed to the spot.
One fire tender was completely damaged and two personnel were injured, he said.
According to Saimon Farooqui, national secretary of Congress-affiliated National Students’ Union of India, the protesters were peacefully sitting on Mathura Road when policemen tried to “trouble” a couple of protesters, who resisted. Thereafter, police started lathi-charging the protesters and using teargas, he alleged. Another student claimed that after the policemen used force, some protesters torched buses and indulged in vandalism.
BJP Plans Awareness Campaign On Citizenship Law
Amid protests against the amended citizenship law, the BJP on Sunday announced a nationwide campaign to spread awareness about the legislation and asserted that it is not discriminatory against Muslims or any other community. Party spokesperson Sambit Patra said in a press conference that BJP workers will fan out across the country to inform people about the law which seeks to provide citizenship to the religious minorities from three neighbouring countries who arrived in India to escape religious persecution. “There is no provision in this law that even a single right of our Muslim brothers and sisters will be taken away.”
Curfew Relaxed In Parts Of Assam
The curfew imposed in Guwahati and parts of Dibrugarh district following protests against the amended Citizenship Act was relaxed today, police said. Curfew was relaxed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Guwahati. It was also relaxed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Dibrugarh west, Naharkatia, Tenughat and some other places in the district, officials said. Long queues were seen outside shops at several places, including Dispur, Uzan Bazar, Chandmari, Silpukhuri and Zoo Road in Guwahati town.