CAA Unrest: Bhim Army Chief Azad Taken in Custody from Jama Masjid

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Updated21 Dec 2019, 02:24 AM IST
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After holding day-long protest over the Citizenship Amendment Act at Delhi’s Jama Masjid, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad was taken in police custody by the Delhi police in the wee hours of Saturday, 21 December.

As anti-CAA protests flared across the nation, violence erupted in Delhi’s Daryaganj on Friday evening where the police used water canons and lathis to disperse protesters who were allegedly pelted stones at the security personnel. A car was also set ablaze outside the Daryaganj police station, following which least 30-35 protesters, including minors were detained.

At least 15 demonstrators were also detained in Delhi's Seemapuri where incidents of stone-pelting by a group of protesters were reported, in which, an additional deputy commissioner of police reportedly sustained minor injuries.

Students and civilians protested outside the Delhi Police Headquarters on Friday night, demanding release of those detained.

  • Congress president Sonia Gandhi said that the BJP government is showing an utter disregard for people’s voices
  • Mobile internet services have been restored across Assam
  • Internet has been suspended in as many as 14 districts of Uttar Pradesh
  • Delhi High Court asked the Centre and Delhi Police to respond to a plea seeking a fact-finding inquiry into the Jamia incident
  • Police detained noted historian Ramachandra Guha and social activist Yogendra Yadav in Bengaluru and Delhi respectively on Thursday, during anti-CAA protests

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5:15 AM, 19 Dec

Anti-CAA Protests Held in London

Protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act were held in London on Wednesday at the Indian High Commission, London School of Economics and SOAS University.

5:15 AM, 19 Dec

Huge Jam At Delhi-Gurugram Border

Massive jams were witnessed in many parts of the national capital, including the Delhi-Gurgaon border, on Thursday morning as the Delhi police barricaded roads and imposed traffic restrictions to clamp down on planned protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

Gurugram Traffic Police cited "barricading by Delhi Police" as the reason.

5:15 AM, 19 Dec

Section 144 Imposed Near Red Fort

Section-144 has been imposed near Red Fort ahead of a protest march against CAA, scheduled to begin from the spot at 11:30 am on Thursday.

Lahori Gate, Kashmere Gate and Kotwali police stations will come under this order

5:05 AM, 19 Dec

Several Metro Stations in Delhi Closed

Several metro stations in Delhi-NCR have been shut ahead of anti-CAA protests. Trains will not be halting at these stations:

  • Jamia Millia Islamia
  • Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh
  • Munirka
  • Lal Quila
  • Jama Masjid
  • Chandni Chowk
  • Vishwavidyalaya
  • Patel Chowk
  • Lok Kalyan Marg
  • Udyog Bhawan
  • ITO
  • Pragati Maidan
  • Khan Market
  • Central Secretariat
  • Barakhamba
5:43 AM, 19 Dec

Protesters Detained Near Red Fort

Police detain large number of protesters near Red Fort after impositio of Section-144 in the area.

5:43 AM, 19 Dec

Ramachandra Guha Detained

Police detained noted historian Ramachandra Guha in Bengaluru on Thursday, 19 December, during an anti-CAA protest.

5:54 AM, 19 Dec

'Paranoid Rulers in Delhi Are Scared': Ramachandra Guha

Police detained noted historian Ramachandra Guha in Bengaluru on Thursday, 19 December, during an anti-CAA protest. Prior to his detention, Guha told The Quint, "The paranoid rulers in Delhi are scared".

6:01 AM, 19 Dec

Anti-CAA Protests: Social Activist Yogendra Yadav Detained in Delhi

Delhi Police detained Yogendra Yadav during an anti-CAA protest in Delhi.

6:16 AM, 19 Dec

Anti-CAA Protests: Delhi Police Denies Permission for Mandi House Protest

After deciding to impose Section 144 near Red Fort, Delhi Police has also denied permission for a separate protest march against CAA and NRC, scheduled to go from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar.

6:21 AM, 19 Dec

People Complain of Internet Shutdown in Parts of Delhi

As the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act in the national capital gained ground on Thursday, 19 December, many citizens took to Twitter complaining of “slow internet services” across ITO and other parts of Delhi.

6:38 AM, 19 Dec

Petition Filed in Karnataka HC Against Section 144

A petition has been filed before Karnataka HC challenging imposition of Section 144 in the state. CJ Abhay Oka has posted the matter for hearing on 21 December.

6:40 AM, 19 Dec

Amid Anti-CAA Protests, Airtel Confirms Suspension of Services in Parts of Delhi

Airtel has confirmed that the government has placed restrictions on calls, SMS and mobile internet in parts of Delhi.

6:45 AM, 19 Dec

'Thousands of Protesters Detained': Yogendra Yadav

Following his detention, social activist Yogendra Yadav tweeted saying thousands of protesters have been detained and that they are being taken to Bawana.

6:47 AM, 19 Dec

Anti-CAA Protests: Delhi Police Arrests 12 More in Connection with Violence in Northeast Delhi

The Delhi Police made 12 fresh arrests in connection with the violence during protests in the northeast part of the city against the amended Citizenship Act, officials said on Thursday.

The police had arrested nine people on Tuesday and Wednesday in connection with the violence.

Giving details of the arrests, officials said while 12 people were nabbed in connection with the violence and vandalism in Seelampur, five have been held for the Jafrabad case and four in the Dayal Pur cases.

Angry protesters demanding scrapping of the amended legislation had pelted police personnel with stones, torched several motorbikes and vandalised two police booths as well as three buses in Seelampur on Tuesday, leaving 21 people injured.

6:55 AM, 19 Dec

Umar Khalid Detained

Political activist Umar Khalid has been detained in Delhi during an anti-CAA protest march.

We have been picked up by the police at Red Fort Protests against CAB will go on across the country

Posted by Umar Khalid on Wednesday, December 18, 2019
7:13 AM, 19 Dec

Left Leaders Sitaram Yechury, D Raja Detained

CAA Unrest: Bhim Army Chief Azad Taken in Custody from Jama Masjid
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@cpimspeak)

Left leaders Sitaram Yechury, D Raja, Nilotpal Basu and Brinda Karat have been detained during anti-CAA protests in Delhi.

7:17 AM, 19 Dec

CAA: Protesters Taken into Custody in Hyderabad

Scores of protesters including students were taken into preventive custody in different parts of the city on Thursday when they were planning to hold protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, police said.

They were secured as there was no permission to hold any form of protest including rallies and processions, police added.Those detained include over 50 students of the University of Hyderabad.

7:32 AM, 19 Dec

Hearing on Plea Against Police Action in Jamia Begins in Delhi HC

Delhi High Court's Chief Justice's Bench is hearing a petition seeking a fact-finding committee into Sunday’s violence at Jamia Millia University.

7:33 AM, 19 Dec

Anti CAA Protest: Activist Vimlendu Jha Detained

Delhi Police detains activist Vimlendu Jha during an anti-CAA protest in the capital.

7:40 AM, 19 Dec

Anti CAA Protest March Moves Towards Jantar Mantar

Protestors participating in the anti-CAA march which was scheduled to begin from Red Fort in Delhi are now moving towards Jantar Mantar.

8:05 AM, 19 Dec

Prashant Bhushan, Harsh Mander Detained

Public interest lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan, along with social activist Harsh Mander have been detailed at Delhi’s ITO during the CAA protests.

8:14 AM, 19 Dec

Amnesty India Releases Statement Against 'Crackdown' on Anti-CAA Protests

Amnesty India on Thursday, 19 December, released a statement against the government's crackdown on anti-CAA protests.

“The CAA is a bigoted law that legitimises discrimination on the basis of religion. The people of the country have the right to protest against this law peacefully and express their views. The right to freedom of peaceful assembly does not only facilitate freedom of expression, but also allows public debate. However, rather than respecting, protecting and promoting this right, the Central government in Delhi and various state governments are clamping down on protestors by using repressive laws”, said Avinash Kumar, Executive Director of Amnesty India.

8:15 AM, 19 Dec

Anti-CAA Protest: Activist John Dayal Detained

Activist John Dayal has been detained during an anti-CAA protest in Delhi.

8:33 AM, 19 Dec

Bus Set Ablaze in Sambhal Allegedly During Anti-CAA Protest

CAA Unrest: Bhim Army Chief Azad Taken in Custody from Jama Masjid

A State Transport bus has allegedly been set ablaze during a protest against Citizenship Amendment Act in Sambhal in UP.

8:36 AM, 19 Dec

Actor Shabana Azmi Tweets Video Message in Support of Protests

Actor Shabana Azmi on Thursday, 19 December tweeted out a video message in support of anti-CAA protests. She also read out a sher by her father and eminent poet Kaifi Azmi.

8:54 AM, 19 Dec

Several Metro Stations in Delhi Closed

Several metro stations in Delhi-NCR have been shut ahead of anti-CAA protests. Trains will not be halting at these stations:

  • Jamia Millia Islamia
  • Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh
  • Munirka
  • Lal Quila
  • Jama Masjid
  • Chandni Chowk
  • Vishwavidyalaya
  • Patel Chowk
  • Lok Kalyan Marg
  • Udyog Bhawan
  • ITO
  • Pragati Maidan
  • Khan Market
  • Central Secretariat
  • Barakhamba
  • Janpath
  • Rajiv Chowk
9:27 AM, 19 Dec

Police Post Set on Fire in Lucknow

A police post was allegedly set on fire during an anti-CAA protest in Lucknow.

10:07 AM, 19 Dec

'Bound By Government Orders': Airtel Chairman on Internet Shutdown

Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder Chairman, Bharti Airtel, said that internet services were halted in some parts of Delhi.

“We are bound by the order of the government. We are following their order,” he said.

10:10 AM, 19 Dec

Congress Leaders To Meet At Sonia's Residence

Congress core group meeting will be held at Sonia Gandhi's residence later today over 'unrest across the country over the Citizenship Amendment Act.

10:12 AM, 19 Dec

Vehicles Torched in Lucknow's Hasanganj

Vehicles set ablaze in Hasanganj during protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

CAA Unrest: Bhim Army Chief Azad Taken in Custody from Jama Masjid
(Photo: ANi)
10:15 AM, 19 Dec

Karnataka Congress, BJP Spar Over CAA

Hitting out at Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa for his government's decision to clamp down on protests against Citizenship Amendment Act, former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday asked him not to be “undemocratic”.

In a series of tweets, the senior Congress leader told the Chief Minister that he was being used as a pawn to fulfill the agenda of RSS, and called on him to strengthen the forces that fight against fascism.

"Mr Yediyurappa @BSYBJP, If you remember correctly, think about the number of protests you led against our govt.

Though your later conviction proved that you lacked commitment, we are sure of our commitment towards our Constitution. Don't be undemocratic!!" Siddaramaiah said.

10:17 AM, 19 Dec

'NRC, CAA Will Be Implemented': Nadda Tells Afghan Refugees

“Amended citizenship law will be implemented, so will be NRC in future,”BJP working president JP Nadda told refugees from Afghanistan in a meeting.

10:19 AM, 19 Dec

Kamal Haasan, Stalin Slam Action Against Guha, Yadav

DMK and MNM criticised the police action against historian Ramchandra Guha and Swaraj Abhiyaan chief Yogendra Yadav during the anti-CAA protests, with Kamal Haasan expressing "concern" over their safety.

Yadav and Guha were detained by the police in Delhi ad Bengaluru, respectively.

While DMK President M K Stalin slammed the "high- handedness" of police over their arrest, Haasan said he was applauding with "glee the stupidity of the government for stoking the fire of Satyagaraha by arresting" Guha and Yadav.

10:20 AM, 19 Dec

AMU Teachers Take Out Silent March Protesting CAA

Several teachers of the Aligarh Muslim University held silent march opposing the Citizens (Amendment) Act,.

The protestors, including a large number of women teachers, marched from the AMU Teachers Club to the Purani Chungi crossing and circled the campus.

"We want to convey to the people of India that our struggle against the Citizens (Amendment) Act will continue peacefully within the democratic framework of the system," AMU Teachers Association secretary, Professor Najmul Islam told PTI.

10:22 AM, 19 Dec

Internet Restored in Parts of West Bengal

The West Bengal government gave its nod to resumption of internet services in Howrah district besides Baruipur and Canning subdivisions of South 24 Parganas district, a senior state government told PTI.

A review was conducted in those areas which found that the situation had improved there and internet services could be resumed, the official said.

"However, we will continue to keep an eye on the situation," he said.

10:26 AM, 19 Dec

Vehicles Torched in Lucknow's Madeyganj

Vehicles were torched in Lucknow's Madeyganj area following which the police lobbed teargas shells to disperse the protesters on Thursday, 19 December, UP DGP said.

10:30 AM, 19 Dec

'Stay at Home, Don't Indulge in Social Media debates over CAA': MNCs Tell Employees

Anti-citizenship law protests in Delhi impacted citizens in Gurgaon and Noida too where several companies asked their employees to work from home and cautioned against joining demonstrations.

Some of the multinational companies in Gurgaon asked their employees to remain vigilant when venturing out and cautioned them against engaging in social media debates and demonstrations, employees of multiple firms told PTI on condition of anonymity.

10:31 AM, 19 Dec

16 Flights Delayed, 20 Indigo Flights Cancelled from Delhi

Sixteen flights have been delayed due to traffic jam at Delhi’s NH-8. IndiGo has cancelled 20 flights, after its crew members got stuck in traffic jam in the city and, also due to other issues.

“Due to traffic restrictions and to accommodate passangers reaching late to airport, we've rescheduled and curtailed our schedule in and out of Delhi by approximately 20 departures (approx 10% of our Delhi departures). We'll take proactive measures if further cancellations required,” Indigo said in a statement

10:34 AM, 19 Dec

'Situation Under Control': Lucknow DM

Lucknow District Magistrate Abhishek Prakash said that the situation is under control in the city.

“The situation is under control now. We used moderate force where section 144 was violated by violent mob and stone pelting happened, and arrested those who were involved in it,” he said.

10:37 AM, 19 Dec

AIIMS Tells Employees Not To Hold Protests

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) administration has issued memorandum to its staff, faculty, resident doctors, nurses and students to refrain from holding any dharna, protes or strike at, in or around AIIMS.

10:39 AM, 19 Dec

Protests Against CAA in Nagpur

Protesters in Maharashtra’s Nagpur hold march against Citizenship Amendment Act in Nagpur.

CAA Unrest: Bhim Army Chief Azad Taken in Custody from Jama Masjid
10:45 AM, 19 Dec

Unrest Near Mangaluru Police Commissionerate, 10 Arrested

As section 144 was in place in Mangaluru Police Commissionerate, a group of people from Nellikai Road, Bunder came near the DC office shouting slogans. The police had to resort to lathi-charge to disperse the crowd, 10 persons were arrested.

10:49 AM, 19 Dec

Delhi HC Issues Notice to Centre, Delhi Govt; No Protection to Students

The Delhi High Court asked the Centre, the AAP government and the police to respond to several PILs seeking setting up of a judicial commission to look into the violence at Jamia Millia Islamia University protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar declined to pass any interim directions, including for protection of students from coercive action, and listed the matter for hearing on 4 February.

11:00 AM, 19 Dec

Protests in Chennai with 'OK Boomer Sanghi' Posters

11:07 AM, 19 Dec

Air India Waives Canceling, Reschudiling Fees on Flights

In view of the current heavy traffic congestion along the Gurugram-Delhi highway, resulting in inconvenience to passengers, reissue,no-show,cancellation and refund charges for all domestic and international tickets for travel from Delhi on 19 December will be waived by Air India.

11:09 AM, 19 Dec

Protests at Delhi's Jantar Mantar

11:09 AM, 19 Dec

Aparna Sen, Other Imminent Personalities Protest in Kolkata

Eminent personalities, students, social activists and people from different walks of life took part in a rally here to protest against the new citizenship law and NRC.

Holding aloft banners and carrying the tricolour, students of different universities and colleges gathered at Ramlila ground in central part of the city to participate in the rally.

Film director Aparna Sen, actors Kaushik Sen and Riddhi Sen joined the protest march and shouted slogans against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register of Citizens.

"We are united. No effort will break India's secular character and its pluralism will succeed. We cannot be silenced," Aparna Sen said.

11:11 AM, 19 Dec

CAA Worse Than Emergency: CPI(M)

Shutting down internet, closing down metro stations and clampdown on anti-CAA protests in the national capital is worse than what was during emergency, alleged Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary, Communist Party of India (Marxist).

CPI General Secretary D Raja said that citizenship cannot be based on religion.

"BJP is working against the legacy of Sardar patel and citizenship cannot be based on religion...Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is undeclared subversion of the Constitution by Modi and Shah," he claimed.

11:13 AM, 19 Dec

Guwahati HC Orders Assam Govt to Resume Internet services By 5 pm

The Guwahati High Court directed the Assam government to restore mobile internet services at 5 pm on Thursday.

A division bench of Justices Manojit Bhuyan and Saumitra Saikia gave the direction after hearing four PILs filed by journalist Ajit Kumar Bhuyan, and advocates Bonoshri Gogoi, Randeep Sharma and Debakanta Doley.

11:14 AM, 19 Dec

Delhi Gate Metro Station Closed

Entry and exit gates of Delhi Gate metro station are closed. Trains will not be halting at this station.

11:17 AM, 19 Dec

Delhi Police Offers Refreshments at Rajiv Chowk Metro Station

Police personnel offered refreshments at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Bawana, to protesters who were detained, including Swaraj Abhiyan founder, Yogendra Yadav.

11:17 AM, 19 Dec

Mobile Internet to Remain Suspended in Assam till 9 am

Mobile internet services to remain suspended in Assam, till 9 am tomorrow.

11:21 AM, 19 Dec

Protests at Mumbai's August Kranti Maidan

People gather in protest against Citizenship Amendment Act, at August Kranti Maidan, Mumbai.

11:21 AM, 19 Dec

UP DGP takes Stock of Situation in Hazratganj

CAA Unrest: Bhim Army Chief Azad Taken in Custody from Jama Masjid
11:23 AM, 19 Dec

40-50 Arrested in Lucknow

After violence over CAA, 40-50 have been arrested in Lucknow.

“Situation is under control now. Mob had turned violent but force didn't lose their patience. Mob has been dispersed forcefully so that there is no loss of life or property. The force is now being moved to other location. 40-50 have been arrested across the district,” he said.

11:27 AM, 19 Dec

20 Anti-CAA Held in Ahmedabad

Police baton-charged people who gathered in Sardar Baug area of Ahmedabad on Thursday to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register of Citizens.

Nearly 200 people who had gathered in the area were dispersed to "maintain law and order" as they had not obtained permission to hold the protest, a police official said.

At least 20 protesters were also detained, he said.

"We had not given permission for this protest. We dispersed them to maintain law and order. We also detained some 20 people," inspector F M Nayab said.

11:30 AM, 19 Dec

Home Ministry to Review Security Situation in Kashmir

The Home Ministry will review the security situation in the country amid violent protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, officials said.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, NSA Ajit Doval, MoS for Home G Kishan Reddy and Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla are expected to attend the meeting.

The prevailing situation of the country will be reviewed threadbare by the Home Ministry in the meeting, the officials said.

11:35 AM, 19 Dec

Protests Only at Few Places, No Need to Worry: MoS Reddy

MoS Home GK Reddy said that violent protests are only at few places in Delhi and UP.

“Violent protests only in few places in Delhi, Lucknow, no need to worry,” he said.

“Some political parties are trying to incite students, women in the name of religion,” he added.

11:43 AM, 19 Dec

DMRC Opens Some Metro Stations

All entry and exit gates of Chandni Chowk, Barakhamba, Mandi House, Pragati Maidan, Lal Quila, Jama Masjid, Delhi Gate, ITO, Janpath, Khan Market, Vasant Vihar and Munirka are open.

11:45 AM, 19 Dec

AIMIM Students' Wing Clashes with ABVP in Aurangabad

Activists of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) supporting the Citizenship Amendment Act and those from student wing of the AIMIM and others who are opposed to the contentious legislation came face to face at BAM University.

Activists of RSS-affiliated ABVP had planned to take out a procession in support of the CAA at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University campus here.

"The procession had no police permission," said inspector Sachin Sanap.

11:55 AM, 19 Dec

Students, Citizens Protest Near Jamia University

11:55 AM, 19 Dec

Media Van Set on Fire in Lucknow's Hazratganj

A media OB van was set ablaze after protest against Citizenship Amendment Act turned violent in Hazratganj.

12:49 PM, 19 Dec

Police Fire at Crowds in Mangaluru

Police opened fire on protesters in Mangaluru, claiming shots were fired in the air and no one has been injured. The police claimed crowd turned violent near port area and started throwing stones.

Curfew in North, South and East Mangaluru and Barke and Urwa police station areas has been announced till Friday midnight.

12:54 PM, 19 Dec

'Will Seize Property of Those Indulging in violence'

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath said that strict action will be taken against those indulging in violence.

“I have called a meeting over this. You cant indulge in violence in name of protest. We will take strict action against such elements. Will seize property of those found guilty and compensate damage to public property,” he said.

1:00 PM, 19 Dec

Govt Releases List of FAQs Over CAA

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1:00 PM, 19 Dec

Kerala Will Fight for Protecting the Constitution: Vijayan

Kerala will fight for protecting the Constitution, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan asserted as he condemned the police action in detaining left leaders in Delhi and historian Ramachandra Guha in Bengaluru during anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests.

"We strongly condemn the act of detaining CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, politburo members Prakash Karat, Brinda Karat, CPI general secretary D Raja in Delhi and historian Ramachandra Guha in Bengaluru," Vijayan said.

1:02 PM, 19 Dec

'Amit Shah No Less Than General Dyer': NCP

NCP leader Nawab Malik lashed out at Union Home Minister Amit Shah over the police action against those protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), comparing him to "General Dyer".

1:04 PM, 19 Dec

Jaishankar Shares India's Perspective on Citizenship Law

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who is in the US, has shared India's perspective on the amended citizenship law with members of American Congress, the ministry said on Thursday.

Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar also asserted that outreach to foreign government on the contentious issue will continue.

He downplayed the decision of some Bangladesh ministers to defer their visits to India, saying much should not be read into rescheduling of these meetings.

At a briefing, the spokesperson also maintained India's stand that Pakistan in is illegal occupation of parts of India when asked about reports that Islamabad was trying to alter status of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

1:06 PM, 19 Dec

Protesters Take to Streets in Chandigarh

Scores of people staged a protest here to express their resentment against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register of Citizens.

Various Muslim outfits that had given a call for protest were joined by some students and Sikh outfits.

The agitators gathered near a mosque in Sector 20 here to register their dissent against the CAA.

1:07 PM, 19 Dec

'Insult to India's Soul': Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to slam the government, saying it has no right to shut internet down and impose Section 144 over anti-Citizenship Act protests.

1:21 PM, 19 Dec

HC Seeks Fresh Response from WB Govt on Law and Order Situation

The Calcutta High Court sought a fresh response from the West Bengal government on law and order situation in the state which is witnessing protests against the new citizenship law.

A division bench of Chief Justice TBN Radhakrishnan and Justice Arijit Banerjee directed the state government to submit its response on several PILs on Friday.

The PILs were filed over the breakdown of law and order and constitutional validity of the West Bengal government's campaign that the amended Citizenship Act will not be implemented in the state though the Supreme Court has refused to give a stay on it.

1:23 PM, 19 Dec

SP Workers Detained in Gorakhpur

Hundreds of protesters, including Samajwadi Party workers and leaders, were detained in Gorakhpur and other cities of eastern Uttar Pradesh during anti-citizenship law protests on Thursday after they defied prohibitory orders, police said.

In Gorakhpur, a large number of SP workers demonstrated at Laxmibai Park and many of them were shirtless. Police detained over 300 protesters, including former minister Rampal Nishad and former MLAs Mohsin Khan and Vijay Bahadur Yadav, from there and took them to police lines.

Police said they have detained dozens of Samajwadi Party workers in Kushinagar and Deoria.

The SP also demonstrated in Maharajganj, Basti, Siddharth Nagar and Kushinagar districts.

1:26 PM, 19 Dec

Citizenship Act Only Implementing Manmohan's Provisions from 2003: Jitendra Singh

Union minister Jitendra Singh said the new citizenship law seeks to implement exactly the suggestions given by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2003 in Parliament, who had advocated for granting Indian citizenship for persecuted minorities from neighbouring countries.

He also attacked the Congress party for changing its stand on issues depending on the votebank requirement or political expediency.

"Citizens Amendment Act (CAA) seeks to implement exactly the same suggestion which had been very effectively and logically put across by Dr Manmohan Singh in 2003 as the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha in support of laying down a liberal policy to offer citizenship to persecuted minorities from Bangladesh and other neighbouring countries," Singh told PTI.

1:29 PM, 19 Dec

Sadananda Gowda Blamed Congress, Left for Anti-CAA Protests

Union minister Sadananda Gowda blamed the Congress and Leftist elements for the protests over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), and said that provocation by political parties was the sole trigger.

The Union minister for chemicals and fertilizers was talking to reporters on the sidelines of curtain-raiser function ahead of the Indian Pharma and Indian Medical Device Conference, to be held in Gandhinagar in March.

Gowda's junior colleague, Mansukh Mandaviya, who was also present, said Indian citizens should not fear the CAA.

1:32 PM, 19 Dec

2 Arrested in West Bengal for Hurling Bombs at Protesters

Two persons were arrested in connection with the incident of attack on a group of people protesting against the Citizenship Act in West Bengal's North Dinajpur district, police said.

The protesters were attacked at College Para area near National Highway-34 on Wednesday when they were returning after submitting a deputation at the district magistrate's office and six persons were injured when crude bombs were hurled at them.

RAF personnel were deployed at three places on Thursday - Bamongram, Bhagdumur and Purba College Para - under the jurisdiction of Raiganj police station, the police said.

1:34 PM, 19 Dec

Schools, Colleges to Remain Closed in Mangaluru

All schools and colleges under Mangaluru city corporation will remain closed tomorrow.

2:21 PM, 19 Dec

2 Dead in Mangaluru Amid CAA Protests: Report

Two persons received bullet injuries in police firing and they later succumbed at a hospital, police confirmed.

The deceased were identified as Jaleel Kudroli (49) and Nausheen (23).

2:32 PM, 19 Dec

Stones Hurled at KSRTC Bus in Mangaluru, 1 Passenger Injured

A passenger was injured and a vehicle got damaged as stones were pelted at Mangaluru division depot 2 over the Citizenship Amendment Act, KSRTC said.

2:37 PM, 19 Dec

Protesters at DU Sing 'Saare Jahan Se Accha'

2:39 PM, 19 Dec

Protesters Offer Evening Prayers at Mumbai’s August Kranti Maidan

Protesters offer their evening prayers amidst demonstration against CAA and NRC at Mumbai’s August Kranti Maidan.

2:50 PM, 19 Dec

1 Dead in Lucknow

One person succumbs to firearm injury amid violence over CAA in KGMU Trauma Centre in Lucknow.

"Mohammad Wakeel (25) died of firearm injury here," King George's Medical University (KGMU) Trauma Centre in-charge Sandeep Tiwari told PTI.

"Two other patients are undergoing treatment in the trauma centre and one of them has firearm injury," he said.

It is not yet clear from where the firing took place.

2:58 PM, 19 Dec

350 Taken into Custody Over CAA Protests in Telangana

Scores of protesters, including those of Left parties and students of University of Hyderabad, were taken into preventive custody in Hyderabad when they tried to hold protest rallies against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

Police said there was no permission for any rally in support or against the CAA in Hyderabad though Left parties and various people's organisations held demonstrations in the state.

CPI national secretary K Narayana, party's Telangana state secretary Chada Venkat Reddy, Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS) chief M Kodandaram were among 350 people taken into preventive custody.

3:06 PM, 19 Dec

Cops Injured in Stone Pelting in Ahmedabad

A protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens in the Muslim-dominated Shah-E-Alam area of Ahmedabad turned violent on Thursday, with at least five policemen getting injured in stone-pelting.

The police lobbed teargas shells to disperse the mob of around 2,000 persons.

Protesters shouted slogans and held placards saying "No CAB No NRC". When the police tried to disperse them, the protesters started throwing stones and brick pieces.

3:11 PM, 19 Dec

AIIMS Students Doctors Defy Admin Order to Protest Against CAA

A section of students, resident doctors and faculty of AIIMS took out a candlelight march at the institute's premises, against the amended citizenship law and proposed nationwide NRC, despite a warning by the administration of disciplinary action against those holding any protest or strike within the complex.

A group of students, scientists, researchers, resident doctors and staff took out a candlelight march from the JLN auditorium till Gate no 1 of AIIMS to oppose the “state-sponsored violence” against protesters and demanding roll back of Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

The demonstrators held placards, sang 'Sare Jahan se Accha' and read out the Preamble to the Constitution, a protester said

3:13 PM, 19 Dec

Jamia VC Assures Medical Assistance to Injured Students

Jamia Millia Islamia Vice-Chancellor Najma Akhtar interacted with the students injured during police crackdown at the campus and assured them that the university would bear their medical expenses.

Through a video call, she spoke to Ajaz, who is undergoing treatment at Safdarjung Hospital, and interacted with Mohammed Minhajuddin, who lost sight in his left eye, in a lathicharge by police on Sunday.

According to an official of the university, Akhtar wanted to go and meet the injured students but could not do so due to closure of some stretches around Jamia Millia.

"She spoke to 10 students, who were injured on Sunday, and assured them that the university will bear all expenses of their treatment," the official said.

3:17 PM, 19 Dec

Situation Under Control in Lucknow, 55 Arrested: UP DGP

UP DGP OP Singh said that the situation in Lucknow is under control.

“Situation is normal in the city, some incidents occurred at places where protesters had declared they will gather. They pelted stones at us and set ablaze OB vans of media. We chased them and fired tear gas, situation has been controlled,” he said.

“55 people have been arrested in the city, we are scrutinizing CCTV footage. SSP Lucknow will take appropriate action, we will not spare anyone,” he added.

3:20 PM, 19 Dec

Protesters Pelt Stones at Police Officers in Ahmedabad

Protesters pelt police officers with stones in Ahmedabad during demonstration against Citizenship Amendment Act.

3:33 PM, 19 Dec

Protesters Throng Streets of Mumbai to Protests Against CAA

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3:57 PM, 19 Dec

Section 144 Imposed in 44 Districts of Madhya Pradesh

Section-144 of the CrPC imposed in 44 districts of Madhya Pradesh.

4:04 PM, 19 Dec

ABVP, RSS Organise Pro-CAA March in Pune

Members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the RSS's student wing, and local BJP workers organised a march-cum-meeting in Pune in support of the amended Citizenship Act.

The march-meeting was organised on the campus of the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), which saw a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) earlier this week.

4:16 PM, 19 Dec

1,200 Detained in Delhi on Thursday

Around 1,200 protesters demanding scrapping of the amended citizenship act were detained on Thursday when they defied prohibitory orders imposed by the Delhi Police in Red Fort area.

According to an official, protesters were detained at Surajmal Stadium in Nangloi and Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Bawana.

Opposition leaders, including D Raja, Sitaram Yechury, Nilotpal Basu, Brinda Karat, Ajay Maken, and Sandeep Dikshit, and activists Yogendra Yadav and Umar Khalid, were among those detained near the Red Fort and Mandi House -- the sites of the two planned demonstrations.

4:27 PM, 19 Dec

Internet Suspended in Bareilly

Internet services will be suspended in Bareilly district from 11 pm today till 21 December, 10 am.

4:27 PM, 19 Dec

Internet Suspended in Ghaziabad

Internet services will be suspended in Ghaziabad district from 10 pm today till 20 December, 10 pm.

4:43 PM, 19 Dec

Family Says Lucknow Man Died in CAA Protests, UP DGP Denies Claim

A man died of a firearm injury which he suffered while passing by a violent protest against the amended citizenship law in Lucknow, according to his family.

Uttar Pradesh Police chief O P Singh, however, said the death was not linked to the agitation or any police action.

"Mohammad Wakeel (25) died of firearm injury here," King George's Medical University (KGMU) Trauma Centre in-charge Sandeep Tiwari told PTI.

"Two other patients are undergoing treatment in the trauma centre and one of them has firearm injury," he said.

It was not immediately clear from where the firing took place.

The victim's brother, Taufiq, told reporters that "his brother was going home in Hussainabad as there was trouble and he was shot by a 'daroga' (police officer) from a police outpost." "Initially it was said he had pellet injuries. He was not involved in any agitation. We both are auto-rickshaw drivers and never indulged in any such act (agitation)," Taufiq added.

4:56 PM, 19 Dec

'Follow the Path of Mahatma Gandhi': AAP Appeals for Peace

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) appealed to people to peacefully protest against the amended Citizenship Act, saying violence will give a bad name to the whole movement and make it easier for the government to suppress the cause.

"We should follow the path of Mahatma Gandhi of non-violence. If violence takes place then it will be very easy for the government to suppress the whole movement. It will be very easy for authorities to book you in cases and slander the whole cause," he said.

5:02 PM, 19 Dec

Students of IIS Bengaluru Read Constitution Preamble in Protest Against CAA

Students of Indian Institute of Science (IIS), Bengaluru read Preamble of the Constitution, at the campus, as protest against Citizenship Amendment Act.

CAA Unrest: Bhim Army Chief Azad Taken in Custody from Jama Masjid
5:09 PM, 19 Dec

19 Cops Injured in Ahmedabad Violence

Nineteen police officials were injured and 32 protesters were detained in violence in Shah Alam area of Ahmedabad amid protests over CAA.

“We have detained around 32 people, we are registering FIR. We are identifying others based on CCTV footage. Nineteen police personnel were injured in the incident,” Ashish Bhatia, Police Commissioner, Ahmedabad told ANI.

5:10 PM, 19 Dec

Internet Services Suspended in Prayagraj

Internet services suspended in Prayagraj till 10 am tomorrow.

5:14 PM, 19 Dec

Internet Suspended for 48 Hours in Mangaluru, Dakshin Kannada

Mobile internet services suspended for 48 hours in Mangaluru city and Dakshina Kannada District.

5:30 PM, 19 Dec

'Violence Not a Solution': Rajinikanth

Actor-politician Rajinikanth expressed concern over violence in various parts of the country over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, saying violence and rioting cannot be a way to find solution to any issue.

"Violence and rioting should not become a way to find solution for any issue. I request the people of India to stay united and vigilant keeping in mind the nation's security and welfare, " he said in a tweet.

"The ongoing violence gives me great pain," he added.

8:09 PM, 19 Dec

Website of Jamia Millia Hacked

The website of Jamia Millia Islamia was hacked on Thursday and a message supporting the students in their protest against the amended citizenship law posted on it.

The message on the site read, "Hacked by Dark Knight to support Jamia students.. Jai Hind!"

The website of the university is handled by a third party and its server was hacked. The third party was informed and it is on the job to restore it, he said.

9:11 PM, 19 Dec

Insects Squirm on Right Medicine Sprayed, Says BJP Guj Sec

Pradipsinh Vaghela, the secretary of BJP Gujarat has taken to Twitter to pass a seemingly disparaging remark.

“On spraying the medicine, the insects came out and started squirming. This makes it clear that the medicine is absolutely the correct one.”
Pradipsinh Vaghela, Secretary BJP Gujarat
9:19 PM, 19 Dec

Govt Will Take Strong Action Against Vandals, Auction Their Property: UP CM

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday said his government will avenge the destruction of public assets during the protests over the amended citizenship law by seizing and auctioning off the property of those involved in the violence.

“There is no place for violence in a democracy. In the name of opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act, the Congress, SP and Left parties have pushed the entire country into fire, he said.
Yogi Adityanath, UP CM

"There was violence in Lucknow and Sambhal and we will deal with it strictly. All property of those involved in damaging public assets will be seized and auctioned to compensate for the losses," he said.

He said those damaging property have been captured in video and CCTV footage. We will take revenge from them by seizing their property, he added.

2:52 AM, 20 Dec

Bhim Army Denied Permission for Protest

Delhi Police has denied Bhim Army permission for holding a protest against CAA at Jama Masjid in Delhi on Friday.

3:07 AM, 20 Dec

Two Metro Stations Shut in Delhi

The entry and exit gates of Jamia Millia Islamia and Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh metro stations have been closed. Trains will not be halting at these stations.

3:53 AM, 20 Dec

Internet Services Stopped in Ghaziabad

Mobile internet services have been suspended in Ghaziabad for 24 hours from 10 pm on Thursday in view of violent protests against the new citizenship law in parts of Uttar Pradesh, an official said.

The action has been taken to avoid spreading of hate messages on social media with an aim to disturb the communal peace and harmony, the official said.

4:17 AM, 20 Dec

Anti-CAA Protest: Kerala Journalists' Union to Hold Protest Against Detainment of Journalists

Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) will hold a protest March in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday against the implementation of CAA and alleged police detention of Kerala journalists in Mangaluru.

4:39 AM, 20 Dec

Anti-CAA Protest: All Metro Stations in Delhi Open

Entry & exit gates at all metro stations have been opened. Normal services have resumed in all stations.

4:51 AM, 20 Dec

Internet Ban Lifted in Assam

Mobile internet services restored across Assam,reported news agency ANI. Services were suspended on 11 December following protests over CAA.

4:52 AM, 20 Dec

Anti-CAA Protest: FIR Registered in Connection With Sambhal Violence

An FIR has been registered against 17 people including Samajwadi Party leaders, MP Shafiqur Rahman Barq and Feroz Khan in connection with violence in Sambhal on 19 December.

5:10 AM, 20 Dec

Anti-CAA Protests: Assam's Honour Will Not Be Affected, Says CM Sonowal

Addressing the media on Friday, Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal said that honour of Assam will not be affected following the implementation of CAA.

"I want to assure people that no one can steal rights of the sons of the soil of Assam, there is no threat to our language or our identity," he said

5:36 AM, 20 Dec

Anti-CAA Protests in North East Delhi: Section 144 Imposed, Drone Surveillance Implemented

Delhi Police on Friday, 20 December said that it is keeping an on North East Delhi through five drone cameras.

Section 144 has been imposed in 12 out of 14 stations of North East Delhi, police also said.

5:48 AM, 20 Dec

Anti-CAA Protests: 68 Protesters Arrested in Varanasi, Sent to Jail

As many as 68 people, including at least 25 BHU students, were arrested on Thursday in Varanasi, following anti-CAA protests.

The arrested have been sent to Chauka Ghai jail.

6:09 AM, 20 Dec

TISS Issues Notice to Teachers for Joining Protests During 'Duty Hours'

TISS administration issues notice to teachers who joined anti-CAA protest at August Kranti Maidan in Mumbai on Thursday.

6:14 AM, 20 Dec

32 People, Including Cong Councillor, Arrested for Ahmedabad Violence

Ahmedabad Police has arrested 32 people, including Congress councillor Shahzad Khan Pathan, in connection with violence in Ahmedabad during an anti-CAA protest on Thursday.

7:11 AM, 20 Dec

Police Detain Pranab Mukherjee's Daughter

Police have detained Delhi Mahila Congress President Sharmistha Mukherjee and other Congress workers who were protesting against Citizenship Act, near the residence of Home Minister Amit Shah.

7:13 AM, 20 Dec

Anti-CAA Protests: Three Delhi Metro Stations Shut

Entry and exit gates of Chawri Bazar, Lal Quila and Jama Masjid metro stations have been closed. Trains will not be halting at this station.

7:26 AM, 20 Dec

Internet Suspended in 14 UP Districts

Internet has been suspended in 14 UP districts, namely Lucknow, Saharanpur, Meerut, Shamli, Muzaffarnagar, Ghaziabad, Bareilly, Mau, Sambhal, Azamgarh, Agra, Kanpur, Unnao and Moradabad.

8:20 AM, 20 Dec

Bhim Army Protests Near Jama Masjid

Bhim Army, led by its chief Chandrashekhar Azad, protested near the Jama Masjid on Friday, against the amended Citizenship Act despite the police not giving its permission for the demonstration.

Protesters, carrying Tricolors, raised slogans against the new law.

9:03 AM, 20 Dec

Citizens Complain of Internet Shutdown in central Delhi

A day after telcos suspended Internet and other mobile services in various parts of Delhi, on government orders, citizens, on Friday, once again complained of a shutdown in central Delhi.

The police, however, have denied any such development.

9:31 AM, 20 Dec

Pondi University Urges Students Not to Attend Convocation in Solidarity With Anti-CAA Protesters

Pondicherry University Students' Council has issued a notice “urging students not to participate in convocation to be attended by President Ram Nath Kovind on 23 December to show solidarity with students facing repression and registering dissent on implementing these unconstitutional legislations.”

CAA Unrest: Bhim Army Chief Azad Taken in Custody from Jama Masjid
9:55 AM, 20 Dec

Entry, Exit Gates of Jaffrabad, Maujpur-Babarpur: Delhi Metro Issues Advisory

The Delhi metro has announced the closure of the Entry and exit gates of Jaffrabad and Maujpur-Babarpur are closed. In a release, the rail corporation said that the trains will not halt at these stations.

10:00 AM, 20 Dec

Violence Erupts in UP's Firozabad Amid CAA Unrest

Violence was reported in Uttar Pradesh's Firozabad area, as reports emerged of miscreants pelting stones on law enforcement. According to CNN News18, miscreants also torched vehicles.

10:07 AM, 20 Dec

Protesters, Police Pelt Stones in Gorakhpur

Protestors and police personnel pelted stones at each other during demonstration against the Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur.

10:11 AM, 20 Dec

Plea for Contempt Against Lawyers Who 'Disrespected' Court During CAA Hearing

Several advocates asked the Delhi High Court on Friday, 20 December, to take contempt of court action against those lawyers who used derogatory words against judges during the hearing of several PILs relating to violence at Jamia Millia Islamia University.

10:17 AM, 20 Dec

Not About Victory, Matter of Country's Interest: Mamata to PM Modi

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee urged PM Modi to intervene, saying that it's not about victory or loss, it's in the interest of the country. She further urged for a withdrawal of NRC and the Citizenship Act.

10:23 AM, 20 Dec

Assam Govt Files Review Petition in HC Over Order to Restore Internet

The Assam government had filed a review petition in Gauhati HC against its Thursday, 19 December order to resume mobile internet in state. The Gauhati High Court later dismissed Assam government's review petition on its order to resume mobile internet.

10:50 AM, 20 Dec

Cong Delegation Detained at Mengaluru Airport, Denied Permission to Meet Injured

A delegation of senior Congress leaders who landed in Karnataka's Mengaluru to meet those injured and bereaved families of the two deceased during the violent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, were denied permission and detained at the airport, news agency PTI reported.

The delegation included Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council SR Patil, former Home Minister and MLA MB Patil, former Speaker and MLA KR Ramesh Kumar and former MP VS Ugrappa.

10:56 AM, 20 Dec

NRC Won't Be Implemented in Bihar: CM Nitish Kumar

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on Friday 20 December said that he will not implement NRC in his state, making his stand clear over the controversial national register of citizens.

10:58 AM, 20 Dec

Fresh Protest Erupts in Northeast Delhi's Seelampur

A fresh protest erupted on Friday afternoon in northeast Delhi's Seelampur, which witnessed violence following demonstrations against the amended Citizenship Act earlier this week.

A large number of people started a protest march from Jafrabad to Seelampur shouting slogans and defying prohibitory orders after attending the Friday prayers at a mosque in the Welcome area.

11:02 AM, 20 Dec

Cop Suffers Minor Injury Due to Stone Pelting

Additional DCP, Rohit Rajbir Singh, on Friday suffered minor injury doe to the stone pelting during anti-CAA protests in Delhi's Seemapuri, the Delhi police said.

11:04 AM, 20 Dec

All Internet Services Suspended in Bulandshahr

The district magistrate of Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr, on Friday 20 December, gave an order to suspend all the internet services in the cioty, in view of the ongoing Anti-Citizenship Act protests.

11:06 AM, 20 Dec

Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia Carries on With Protests for 5th Straight Day

Despite travel restrictions and freezing cold, a sea of protesters poured onto the roads outside Jamia Millia Islamia after Friday prayers, continuing with their protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the proposed nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC).

This is the fifth day of protests outside the university after more than 50 Jamia students were injured in a police crackdown following violence during a demonstration on Sunday, 15 December.

11:08 AM, 20 Dec

Anti-CAA protests: Buses stoned in Nanded, Beed in Maharashtra

Protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act on Friday turned violent in Beed, Nanded and Parbhani districts of central Maharashtra with mobs pelting stones at State Transport (ST) buses, the police said.

There were no reports of anyone getting injured.

Officials said the situation was brought under control and the police have been deployed in large numbers in the troubled areas.

11:11 AM, 20 Dec

Police Resorts to Lathicharge in UP's Bahraich

The police, in Uttar Pradesh's Bahraich resorted to lathi-charge, in order to disperse the protesters who were demonstrating against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

11:24 AM, 20 Dec

Rajiv Chowk, Pragati Maidan & Khan Market Metro Stations Closed

Delhi Metro, on Friday announced that the entry & exit gates of Rajiv Chowk, Pragati Maidan and Khan Market are closed. However, the DMRC said that interchange facility is available at Rajiv Chowk.

11:28 AM, 20 Dec

Govt Ready to Accept Suggestions of CAA Protesters: Official

The government is ready to accept suggestions, if any, from the people who are staging protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, a top official told news agency PTI on Friday.

The offer of the government came amid ongoing protests against the recently-enacted legislation.

11:33 AM, 20 Dec

J&K: VHP to Launch Information Campaign on CAA, NRC

The Vishva Hindu Parishad on Friday, 20 December, said that it will launch a campaign to win support of the people across Jammu and Kashmir over the amended citizenship law and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

A mega public rally will be addressed by BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra in Bantalab area of Jammu on Sunday, to mark the launch of the campaign, senior VHP leader Rajesh Gupta told reporters here.

11:34 AM, 20 Dec

Detained Journalists Released from Kerala

Eight journalists and camera crew of Kerala-based TV channels, who had interviewed relatives of those killed in the December 19 police firing during protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, were released seven hours after being detained by police in front of the Government Wenlock hospital on Friday, sources said.

11:36 AM, 20 Dec

Centre's promise to northeast on CAA negates its claim on J-K special status: NC

Jammu and Kashmir National Conference MP Hasnain Masoodi, on Friday 20 December, said that the Centre's assurances to northeastern states on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act negates the government's claim on revocation of Jammu and Kashmir's special status being about bringing uniform laws across India.

11:39 AM, 20 Dec

One Death Reported in Uttar Pradesh's Firozabad

One person is reported to have died in Uttar Pradesh's Firozabad, as violence erupted in the city in view of the Anti-Citizenship Amendmend Act protests, according to CNN News18.

12:08 PM, 20 Dec

Locals Offer Roses to Police for Helping with CAA Protests in Bhopal

At the protests in Madhya Pradesh's Bhopal, locals offered roses to police in Bhopal, in order to thank them to help the protests, against the Citizenship Amendment Act and NRC, which took place peacefully in the MP city.

12:10 PM, 20 Dec

Kashmere Gate Metro Station Closed, Open for Interchange

Entry and exit gates of the Kashmere Gate metro station were closed on Friday. The metro station is still open for interchange facility.

12:13 PM, 20 Dec

Protesting Against Citizenship Law to Safeguard Constitution: Bhim Army Chief

Bhim Army chief Chandra Shekhar Aazad on Friday said his protest against the amended citizenship law was to safeguard the Constitution.

Aazad's outfit led the anti-CAA protest march from Jama Masjid to Jantar Mantar on Friday despite no permission from police.

12:27 PM, 20 Dec

Anti-CAA Protesters Gather at India Gate & Daryaganj

Scores of people gathered at the India Gate. News agency ANI said that protesters also gathered in Daryaganj.

Raising slogans of 'Azaadi', 'No NRC, No CAA', the protesters, most of them college students, demanded that the new law be repealed.

12:46 PM, 20 Dec

Police Uses Water Cannon on Protesters in Daryaganj, Vehicle Torched

CAA Unrest: Bhim Army Chief Azad Taken in Custody from Jama Masjid
(Photo: ANI)

The police, in Delhi's Daryaganj, used water cannons on protesters. Reports suggest a car has also been set ablaze amid the unrest. Security personnel were also pelted with stones at Delhi Gate, news agency PTI said.

All of this took place outside the Central Delhi DCP's office.

1:15 PM, 20 Dec

Traffic Movement Closed from Mandi House to ITO

The Delhi traffic police, on Friday issued an advisry, announcing closure of traffic movement from Mandi House to ITO in Central Delhi.

“Traffic movement is closed from Mandi House to ITO due to demonstration. Kindly avoid the stretch,” the advisory said

1:20 PM, 20 Dec

BJP Showing Utter Disregard for People's Voice: Sonia Gandhi

Interim Congress President, Sonia Gandhi, on Friday said that in a democracy, people have a right to raise their voice against policies of their government and register their concerns. She said that the current BJP government has shown utter disregard for people’s voices and chosen to use brute force to suppress dissent.

1:40 PM, 20 Dec

At Least 7 Injured in Police Firing in UP's Kanpur: Report

At least seven people were injured in police firing in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur on Friday, Hindustan Times cited government hospital sources as saying, as protests in the city turned violent with thousands taking to the streets in many areas of the state.

1:40 PM, 20 Dec

Six Dead in UP Over Anti-CAA Protests: Report

Six people are reported to have died in violence relating to the ongoing Anti-Citizenship in Uttar Pradesh, according to news channel NDTV.

Earlier, seven people were reported to have been injured in police firing in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur.

1:46 PM, 20 Dec

16 Metro Stations Closed in Delhi: Full List

Following stations are currently closed in Delhi, according to the Delhi Metro Rail corporation:

  1. Central Secretariat
  2. Chawri Bazar
  3. Chandni Chowk
  4. Rajiv Chowk
  5. Delhi Gate
  6. Lal Quila
  7. Jama Masjid
  8. Khan Market
  9. Janpath
  10. Pragati Maidan
  11. Mandi House
  12. Jamia Millia Islamia
  13. Jaffrabad
  14. Maujpur-Babarpur
  15. Shiv Vihar
  16. Johri Enclave
2:34 PM, 20 Dec

States Don't Have Power to Refuse Implementation of CAA and NPR: Official

State governments have no powers to reject the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act as the legislation was enacted under the Union List of the 7th Schedule of the Constitution, and the National Population Register which is to be carried out next year, a top official said on Friday, 20 December.

2:46 PM, 20 Dec

Seven Cops, Official Injured in Stone Pelting in Maharashtra's Beed, Parbhani

At least seven policemen and a local government official suffered injuries in stone pelting during protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in Central Maharashtra's Beed and Parbhani cities on Friday, police said.

2:52 PM, 20 Dec

Karnataka CM to Visit Mengaluru, Hold a Meeting About Law and Order

Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa, on Friday said that he will go to Mangaluru on Saturday, 21 December, to hold a meeting about the law and order situation in the city.

2:57 PM, 20 Dec

Protests Were Peaceful Before 'Outsiders' Pelted Stones: Delhi Police on Daryaganj Violence

The Delhi Police PRO, while speaking on the violence in Daryaganj that erupted Friday evening, said that the protests were on since morning when around 6.30 pm, some outsiders came and started pelting stones. "We used water cannon. People were pushed back. Some policemen received injuries. Some people have been detained."

2:57 PM, 20 Dec

CAA, NRC Against the Poor: Priyanka Gandhi Joins India Gate Protests

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi joined the protests at India Gate today. She said that the Citizenship Act and the NRC are against the poor.

“The poor they will be most affected by it. What will the daily wage labourers do?”
Priyanka Gandhi, Congress Leader

She further urged for the demonstrations to go on peacefully.

3:25 PM, 20 Dec

Indians Don't Have to Prove Ancestry With Records Like Parents/Grandparents Birth Proof Before 1971: MHA

Indian citizens don't have to prove ancestry with records like birth certificates of parents/grandparents dating back to pre-1971, the Ministry of Home Affairs said, responding to the unrest across India over the Citizenship Amendment Act and NRC.

3:35 PM, 20 Dec

Delhi Police Detains 40 People Over Daryaganj Violence, Police Denies Entry

The Delhi Police has detained 40 people in connection with violent protest in Daryaganj, PTI quoted officials as saying.

4:07 PM, 20 Dec

Prohibitory Orders Imposed in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh

The Gujarat government has imposed Section 144 (prohibition on assembly of more than 4 people)in Rajkot till 1 January, 2020.

On the other hand, Section 144 has been imposed in a total of 52 districts (total districts 52) of the state. Curfew has also been imposed in four police station limits in Jabalpur.

4:12 PM, 20 Dec

36 Injured Protesters Came for Treatment: Delhi Hospital

Dr Kishore Singh, Medical Superintendent at Delhi's Lok Nayak Hospital, told news agency ANI that 36 injured protesters came for treatment. One protester has got his leg injured, and would be shifted in ward, he said.

4:20 PM, 20 Dec

One Protester Detained at Delhi Police Headquarter

As the protesters at Delhi’s India Gate moved to the Delhi Police headquarters in ITO, the Delhi police detained a protester, reports suggested.

According to the reports, he had argued with the cops over where the protest can take place.

No reports of violence.

4:32 PM, 20 Dec

Curfew Relaxed for 16 Hours in Assam's Dibrugarh District

Curfew has been relaxed for 16 hrs on Saturday, 21 December, from 6 AM to 10 PM in Assam's Dibrugarh district. Restriction has been imposed on all country spirit shops and other establishments retailing liquor has also been relaxed.

Sale of liquor will be allowed only from 12 noon to 4 pm.

4:48 PM, 20 Dec

Will Continue Protests Till 'Black Law is Not Withdrawn: Bhim Army Chief

Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad, on Friday said that he will continue protesting till the government withdraws the 'black law'. He also said that the police lathi charged on the protesters after entering the Jama Masjid.

"Since afternoon, the protest has been going on peacefully. People from the administration had entered Jama Masjid and lathi-charged people in the day."

5:44 PM, 20 Dec

All Schools and Colleges to Remain Shut in UP

All schools, colleges and universities across Uttar Pradesh will remain shut on Saturday, state officials said. An order was issued to this effect on Friday night, a government spokesperson was quoted as saying in an official statement.
The government had earlier ordered closure of all schools on Thursday and Friday owing to severe cold wave condition. The order comes at a time when protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act have rocked several parts of the state, claiming at least six lives in violence and arson.

5:51 PM, 20 Dec

UP CM Appeals to People to Maintain Peace

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath has appealed to people to maintain peace and to not believe any rumors. He has requested people to not take law into their hands, reported ANI.

6:14 PM, 20 Dec

Daryaganj Detainees: CMM Central Orders Immediate Release of Minors

CMM Central has signed an order directing the release of the minors immediately. Calls the detention of minors as ‘flagrant violation of law’.

6:34 PM, 20 Dec

Protesters Detained at Daryaganj Police Station

6:37 PM, 20 Dec

Protests Against CAA Turned Violent in Delhi's Daryaganj

7:05 PM, 20 Dec

People Gather At Delhi Police HQ to Demand Release of Daryaganj Detainees

Several people gathered outside the Delhi Police headquarters on Friday demanding the release of around 40 persons detained during a violent protest in Daryaganj.

Umar Khalid, a former JNU student, demanded release of those detained. Sara Javed Chawla, a Delhi University student, said they will continue to stand outside the police headquarters till the detainees are released.

7:31 PM, 20 Dec

25-30 Injured People Brought in at LNJP Hospital in Delhi

8:01 PM, 20 Dec

BJP Leader Kapil Mishra Shares Video of Pro CAA Protest

BJP leader Kapil Mishra has taken to Twitter to share a video of a protest for the Citizenship Amendment Act. In the video protesters can be seen making an explicit call for violence.

10:14 PM, 20 Dec

Bhim Army Chief Taken in Police Custody from Delhi's Jama Masjid

Bhim Amy chief Chandrashekhar Azad was taken in police custody from Delhi’s Jama Masjid after day-long protest.

Jai bhim, Chandrashekhar Azad's message before getting arrested.

Posted by Jatin Goraya on Friday, December 20, 2019
10:51 PM, 20 Dec

Some Detainees Released, FIR Filed Against 11 Others

One minor, four others have been released from detention at Seemapuri. Eleven others have been named in an FIR.

Published: 19 Dec 2019, 05:24 AM IST