Anti-CAA Protests ‘Mostly Political’, Some People Misguided: Shah 

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Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday, 2 January, described the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) as "mostly political" and asserted that no Indian will lose his or her nationality due to the newly enacted legislation.

Shah also challenged Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi to show one clause in the CAA under which anyone is going to lose Indian citizenship.

"I agree that these are mostly political protests. Some people are also misguided but we are trying to convince them," he told ABP News, according to PTI.

  • A few organisers have withdrawn from the Shaheen Bagh protest, in an attempt to “avoid politicisation of the stage by parties”, according to a message being forwarded
  • Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal was shown black flags by agitators protesting against the contentious law on Wednesday
  • Kerala’s legislators passed a resolution against the CAA in the state Assembly on Tuesday, demanding its withdrawal

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4:18 PM, 25 Dec

NHRC Issues Notice to UP DGP Over Police Action During Anti-CAA Protests in State

The NHRC has issued a notice to the police chief of Uttar Pradesh after receiving various complaints that allege "violation of human rights" in police action undertaken during the ongoing anti-CAA protests in the state, officials told PTI on Wednesday, 25 December.

A complaint was received by the National Human Rights Commission recently, seeking its intervention in the alleged incidents of violation of human rights by the state police.

"Other complaints were also received in connection with the matter, which have been taken on record. The complaint was registered on December 23 and subsequently a notice was issued by the NHRC to the director general of police of Uttar Pradesh, seeking a report in four weeks," a senior official of the rights panel said.

The complainant has alleged that subsequent to the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), "there have been many incidents of human rights violations by the state authorities in Uttar Pradesh".

"Youth have been killed, Internet has been suspended, and the police themselves are destroying public property. The right to peaceful assembly has also been violated," according to the complaint submitted to the NHRC.

4:56 PM, 25 Dec

Internet Services Restored in Lucknow: DM

Internet services, which had been suspended here last week amid widespread violent protest against the changes in citizenship law and the proposed creation of a National Register of Citizens, were restored on Wednesday, 25 December, an official told PTI.

"Internet services have resumed in Lucknow," District Magistrate Abhishek Prakash told PTI on Wednesday.

4:59 PM, 25 Dec

An Elected Govt Should Never be So Cruel: Siddaramaiah on BSY Putting on Hold Compensation for Mangaluru Victims

Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday, 25 December, slammed Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa for putting on hold compensation to the next of kin of two people killed in police firing at Mangaluru in the anti-CAA protest and described it as 'cruel' and 'inhuman.'

He was reacting to Yediyurappa's statement in Mangaluru on Wednesday that the compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to the families of the two persons killed on 19 December in police firing has been kept on hold till the inquiry is over.

"An elected government should never be so cruel and inhuman. As expected, the Chief Minister pronounced his verdict even before the inquiry," Siddaramaiah tweeted.

2:26 AM, 26 Dec

UP Death Toll Rises as Firozabad Man Shot During CAA Protests Dies

Mohammad Haroon, a resident of UP's Firozabad, who was shot during an anti-CAA protest died in Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital in the early hours of Thursday, 26 December.