CAA Protests Rage On: Over 350 Arrested in Bengal, 21 in Aligarh

Catch all the live updates on the protests against the amended Citizenship Act here. 

Updated17 Dec 2019, 02:40 AM IST
31 min read

Protests by students and civilians against the Citizenship Amendment Act and police crackdown on Jamia university raged across the country on Monday, 16 December, with reports of clashes between protesters and police, arrests, detentions and curfews coming in from various parts of the country.

While at least 354 people were arrested across West Bengal, 21 were arrested in connection with the clashes at Aligarh Muslim University. Meanwhile, internet crackdown in Assam and curfew in Guwahati will be lifted on Tuesday.

Earlier, protesters allegedly torched 15 vehicles in UP's Mau, prompting police to fire in air. Section 144 has been imposed in the district.

As Home Minister Amit Shah accused the Opposition of “misleading people”over the Act, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi staged a sit-in Dharna at Delhi’s India Gate, which was thronged by anti-CAA protesters.

  • PM Modi tweeted saying debate and dissent are essential in a democracy, but “never has damage to public property and disturbance of normal life been a part of our ethos”
  • Delhi Police, a day after action against Jamia students denied firing at them
  • Jamia officials claimed that Delhi Police forcefully entered Jamia campus ‘forcefully’
  • Protests are being held in universities across the country in the wake of the unrest in Jamia

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2:45 AM, 15 Dec

Curfew Relaxed in Dibrugarh and Guwahati

Amid protests against the amended Citizenship Act, curfew has been relaxed in parts of Assam’s Dibrugarh from 7 am to 4 pm and in Guwahati from 9 am to 6 pm on Sunday.

4:36 AM, 15 Dec

'Urge People to Thwart Elements Who Are Misleading on CAA': Assam CM

Amid protests in the Northeast against the amended Citizenship Act, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday urged people to “thwart the elements who are misleading the people on CAA and indulging in violence”.

5:06 AM, 15 Dec

BJP Ally AGP to Oppose Citizenship (Amendment) Act

The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), an ally of the BJP in Assam, has decided to oppose the Citizenship Act and will take the matter to the Supreme Court, NDTV reported on Sunday.

5:46 AM, 15 Dec

Protests Against Citizenship Law in Bengal, Road Blockades at Several Places

Sporadic incidents of violence were reported from Nadia, North 24 Parganas and Howrah districts of West Bengal, which is witnessing protests against the amended Citizenship Act, the police said on Sunday, according to PTI.

Protesters blocked various important roads in Amdanga and Kalyani areas of North 24 Parganas and Nadia districts. They also blocked railway tracks in various stations of the districts, the police said.

In Domjur area of Howrah district, protesters organised road blockades and shouted slogans against the Modi government. A huge police contingent has been rushed to the spot to control the situation.

Published: 15 Dec 2019, 02:41 AM IST