The sit-in demonstration on the lines of Shaheen Bagh in Delhi began at Park Circus Maidan on January 7 with 60 women protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. "We were requested by the government to stop the gathering of protesters as a sit-in on a rotational basis. This has been allowed by the government," said Asmat Jamil, one of the organisers of Park Circus sit-in.
ET spoke to the women protesters who said that the police came around 7 am when hardly 25 protesters were there. Salma Ahmed, one of the protesters, said the pressure to end the protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) has been building up over the last few days and the number of protesters had reduced significantly ever since the lockdown was announced in the city on Monday.
The protesters belonged to a local Islamic group, Thowheed Jamath who protested outside the Madras High Court raising slogans against the CAA and demanded for their requests to be paid heed to. Some even said that while Coronavirus had taken three lives, the citizenship law protests had claimed 80 lives in India.
Protestors at in Chennai continued their anti-CAA protest on March 18 amid multiple warnings given by the government against public gathering for COVID-19 outbreak. People including Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath members are protesting against CAA, NRC and NPR near Madras High Court. Total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 147 in India with 3 deaths. So far only one case has been found in Tamil Nadu. Coronavirus scare: Anti-CAA protests continue in Chennai despite COVID-19 outbreak
While Congress, Trinamool Congress and AIMIM were strident in their demand for resignation of home minister Amit Shah and a judicial inquiry under a sitting Supreme Court judge, other parties including NDA allies Janata Dal (United) and BJD struck a more sombre note asking for generous compensation for riot victims.
The public interest litigation also sought a direction to all high courts not to take up any CAA-related matters, along with framing of guidelines for disallowing any religious or other congregations on the matter.
They (couple) have been identified as Jahanjeb Sami and his wife Hina Bashir Beg, said Pramod Singh Kushwah, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell).
Coming down heavily on the Centre over "failure" to contain violence in Delhi, the opposition in Lok Sabha on Wednesday demanded the resignation of Home Minister Amit Shah, but the BJP alleged a conspiracy behind the riots and sought to blame anti-CAA protests for the situation.
The Young India Coordination Committee, which comprises members from various student bodies, had given a call for the march on Tuesday.
The Young India Coordination Committee, which comprises members from various students' bodies, had given a call for the march on Tuesday. Police said the application for permission was submitted in New Delhi and Central police districts, and it was not granted.
The posters were put up by the Uttar Pradesh government asking the accused to pay compensation for damage to public property during anti-CAA protests in Lucknow
The high court bench said it would formally rule on the legality of such a move on Monday. A two-judge bench, led by high court chief justice Govind Mathur, in an unprecedented sitting on Sunday, a court holiday, took suo motu cognisance of a public interest litigation on the issue and demanded an explanation from the state.
Barricades which were put up on the road in view of the protest were removed on Saturday night and traffic resumed, bringing relief to commuters. The district officials with the help of political and community leaders assured the protesters that they would discuss their demands with the state government.
A group of Hindus from India and Pakistan were joined by other activists in support of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) during a protest seeking justice for minorities in Pakistan at Broken Chair in front of the UN office in Geneva. The protest was held during the ongoing 43rd session of United Nations Human Rights Council. The protesters seek justice for Hindu, Christian and other minorities in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, who have been facing persecution for the past several decades.Pro-CAA protest held outside UN, protestors also demand justice for minorities in Pakistan
A total of 10 people from the Thakurganj area of old Lucknow as well as a 6 people from Kaiserbagh have been identified to pay Rs 67.74 lakh and Rs 1.75 lakh respectively, according to the order - a third in the series of orders- issued by the additional district magistrate (west), Lucknow, Vishwa Bhushan Mishra.
Clashes broke out Sunday evening between pro and anti-CAA groups near Jaffrabad in northeast Delhi after a large number of people who have been protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act blocked a road.
More than 500 people, mostly women, sat on a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) near Delhi’s Jaffrabad metro station. The protest began hours after a road, closed since two months due to the Shaheen Bagh protest, was opened for vehicular trafficAnti-CAA protesters block Delhi's Seelampur-Jaffrabad road
The women, carrying the tricolour and raising slogans of 'aazadi', said they would not move from the site till the Centre revoke the CAA.
The annual meet of the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha will be held in Bengaluru from March 15-17. The Pratinidhi Sabha is the highest decision-making body of the Sangh which meets once a year to take decisions and decide the future course of action.
"You are kindly requested to take necessary action in view of advisory issued by the State Government and the Central Government regarding safety and prevention for COVID-19 and submit a report to the Commission within three days from the date of issue of this letter," the letter from the NCPCR said.
"To ensure the livelihood of daily wage earners the government is looking at transferring money using the real time gross settlement (RTGS) system directly into their accounts," government spokesperson and state power minister Shrikant Sharma told mediapersons.
A Samajwadi Party leader has put up hoardings bearing pictures of former BJP MLA and rape convict Kuldip Singh Sengar and former BJP union minister and rape accused Chinmayanand right next to banners of pictures and personal details of people accused of violence during anti-CAA protests in Lucknow.
While the Shaheen Bagh protestors strongly oppose the CAA, NRC and even the NPR, legal counsel to the movement, Mehmood Pracha says it's anti Dalit and anti Muslims. Subramanian Swamy of BJP counters these views with his set of logic. The big question however is, what would be the way forward to resolve this issue? Shaheen Kausar, the protest coordinator at the Shaheen Bagh site says they would abide by the Supreme Court's decision. Watch!Anti-CAA protests at Shaheen Bagh: Battle of strong opinions and SC's role
Earlier on Sunday evening, trouble broke out at the Upper Kot locality when police were trying to evict women anti-CAA protestors who were squatting on the Mohamed Ali Road near the Kotwali police station since Saturday morning. Some people protested, leading to a scuffle and within minutes, brickbatting started from neighbouring areas.
"The followers of Hitler sitting in the government have got their people to sit along with the anti-CAA protesters, raise Pakistan 'zindabad' slogans and indulge in vandalism and arson to make it look like violent protests. This has led to firing by the police. All this has been done in a very planned manner," Former Uttar Pradesh Governor Aziz Qureshi said.
It stated that the civic body could not carry out construction work on Morland Road as the protesters have set up a stage and put chairs on the road and also obstructed traffic, the police official said.
Four police personnel - a woman joint commissioner, two women constables and a sub-inspector - were injured in stone pelting, the police said, even as reports emerged that some protesters were also hurt.
The police had fired teargas shells to disperse the mob indulging in vandalisation of property and throwing stones at security personnel in upper Kot area of the Kotwali police station, said police sources. There were reports of injuries to some people but the exact number of those injured in clashes is yet to ascertained.
New Delhi: Clashes broke out between two groups near Jaffrabad in northeast Delhi on Sunday evening where a large number of people had gathered to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).According to news agency ANI, stones were pelted between the two groups during clashes that took place in the Maujpur area after which police fired tear gas shells to disperse the crowd.Watch: Visuals from Maujpur, Delhi where anti-CAA protests turned violent
Security has been deployed at Jaffrabad metro station area in the national capital on February 23. A large number of people, including women, on the night of February 22 gathered at Jaffrabad metro station area to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has closed entry and exit of Jaffrabad metro station after viewing the situation. Trains will not be halting at this station.Anti-CAA protest: Jaffrabad metro station closed after women block road, security deployed
The ordinance will aim at dealing with violent acts at public places, controlling its persistence and escalation and providing for recovery of damage to public or private property during hartal, bandhs, riots, public commotion, protests. It will also seek to create "claims tribunals" to investigate the damages
Amanatullah bags Okhla seat. Okhla is not the only anti- CAA protest site that voted for AAP. In northeast Delhi’s Seelampur, that witnessed large-scale violence at an anti CAA protest, and has a sit-in protest by women going on now, AAP’s Abdul Rehman defeated the BJP.
Guha, in a tweet, said: "The Home Minister of Karnataka has claimed on the floor of the State Assembly that he apologised to me by phone for the manhandling by the Bengaluru police on 19th December 2019. This is false. I received no such call or apology." The police had detained Guha after he took part in an anti-CAA protests in Bengaluru in December.
The Lucknow bench of the High Court said such matters are already sub judice before the Supreme Court so there was no occasion to file an instant petition. The order was given by a division bench of Justice Pankaj Kumar Jaiswal and Justice Karunesh Singh Pawar on the writ petition filed by a protester, Mohammad Kaleem.
The protesters, including Jamia students and alumni, were led by the Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC). They were marching towards Parliament to protest against CAA and NRC. Police said the protesters did not have permission to march towards Parliament. There was heavy deployment of security personnel, many donning riot gear, in and around the university.
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday slammed the BJP government in UP over banners with photographs of people who have been asked to pay for damage to public property during anti-CAA protests.
A scuffle broke out between anti-CAA protesters and BJP supporters on Saturday, after a senior saffron party leader visited a stall at the Kolkata book fair here.
The accused, none of whom are students from Jamia, have been charged with rioting, attempt to murder, criminal conspiracy and other offences under the Indian Penal Code.
The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) and the Congress have decided to support an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) activist as their common candidate for one of the three Rajya Sabha seats in Assam going to polls later this month.
Authorities have initiated the process to cancel the gun licence of five people allegedly involved in the violent protest against the new citizenship law in Muzaffarnagar, police said on Wednesday.
With the government coming under opposition attack over the violence, the ruling AIADMK reaffirmed its commitment to the Muslim community and said "Goebbels like propaganda" against it would not work.
The apex court told the state government that there was no law as of now to let it put up hoardings of those accused of vandalism during the anti-CAA protests in Lucknow.
The Uttar Pradesh government not only dealt with anti-CAA protests with a heavy hand, killing at least 19 and possibly several more, but also levied huge financial penalties on presumed rioters. It also has put up hoardings and posters with photographs of anti-CAA protesters, as if they were wanted criminals on whose head the government has put a bounty.
Mehta said their liability for the damage to public property during the riots had been fixed by the competent authority and that the state was within its right to make their names public.
The delegation, led by senior Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, met top NHRC officials and made a detailed 31-page representation which included videos and photographs as "evidence" of alleged atrocities and human rights violations in the state.
In a tweet, BSP supremo Mayawati said, "Wrong cases filed against women and others protesting against CAA/NRC by the BJP-led Uttar Pradesh government should be immediately withdrawn, and those who lost their lives during this time should also be extended proper help, this is the demand of BSP."
Seventy years after the Constitution came into effect, that word 'samvidhan' has travelled from distant swearing-in ceremonies to the streets where it is uttered in rage and defiance, despair and hope.
AASU has resolved to call people convention by middle of March to discuss on how to carry forward anti CAA protest. AASU chief advisers Samujjal Bhattacharya on Friday said, “To bring the anti CAA organisations together under one platform, we will form a common platform.”
VHP secretary general Milind Parande cited the attack on the participant of a pro-Citizenship Amendment Act rally in Lohardaga in Jharkhand and alleged that the change of govt in the state has resulted in people with "jihadi mindset" turning aggressive against Hindus. Protesters at Shaheen Bagh have blocked road causing inconvenience to people, he said.
Delhi Police seeks permission from the Delhi Govt to convert a stadium into a temporary prison for anti-CAA protesters who can disrupt polling.Convert a stadium into a temporary prison for anti-CAA protesters: Delhi police to govt
"FIR has been registered against 35 named and over 100 unidentified persons involved in anti-CAA protests on Tuesday near Jauhar park in Bilariaganj area. Of them 20 have been arrested," Superintendent of Police, Triveni Singh, said.
Police "chased away" the women and youth who had descended on the Varanasi's Baniabagh ground on Thursday in protest against the CAA amid reports of similar demonstrations from Rae Bareli and Azamgarh.
They were keeping the Constitution and tricolour in the forefront, but the aim was to "divert attention from the real conspiracy", Modi said ahead of the Delhi elections on February 8.
It was a 35-year-old housewife who triggered off the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests at the Clock Tower in Lucknow.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought response of activist Harsh Mander on the allegations of making hate speech during anti-CAA protests here. At the outset, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta referred to Mander's alleged speech in which he had made some "objectionable" statements against the court.
The court granted bail to Baisala on Friday after hearing arguments from the lawyers appearing for him as well as police. "On considering the totality of facts and circumstances, the accused Kapil Baisala is admitted to bail on furnishing bail bond in a sum of Rs 25,000 with one surety in the like amount," Additional Sessions Judge Gulshan Kumar said.
The Supreme Court on Friday sought response of the Uttar Pradesh government on a plea seeking quashing of notices sent to alleged protestors by district administration for recovering losses caused by damage to public properties during agitations against CAA in the state.
In multiple posts, he said "azaadi de raha hun" (I am giving freedom), "shaheen bhag khel khatm" (Run Shaheen, the game is over), "Mere ghar ka khayal rakhna" (take care of my home) and "meri antim yatra par mujhe bhagve me le jayen aur shree ram ke nare hon" (for last rites, wrap me in a saffron cloth and chant Shri Ram).
"Some self-proclaimed intellectuals are misleading people about the Citizen Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens to create unrest in the country," Yogi, who earlier in the day took a dip in the Sangam in Allahabad said. The chief minister said a large number of protesters didn't know against whom they were protesting.
Khan, who was arrested in a joint operation with the Mumbai Police when he arrived in the megapolis on Wednesday night to attend anti-CAA protests, will be brought to Aligarh under transit remand, the Special Task Force said in a release in Lucknow.
An armed man was detained on Thursday after he brandished a pistol at Jamia Millia Islamia students demonstrating against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act on Thursday, police said. The man, who is yet to be identified, was overpowered by protesters. A student appeared to have been injured in the incident, which led to panic in the Jamia area.Anti-CAA protest: Man fires at Jamia University students, detained; one hurt
"In the all-party meeting, the prime minister said that the government is ready to listen to opposition's views and is open to discussion on all issues," Joshi said.
According to an official, the bullet hit a Journalism student of Jamia, identified as Shadab, in the arm. He was taken to near-by private hospital.
Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) arrested Dr Kafeel Khan from Mumbai. He was suspended from Gorakhpur's BRD medical college and is accused of making instigating remarks at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) during protest against Citizenship Amendment Act on Dec 12, 2019.Dr Kafeel Khan arrested by UP STF in Mumbai for ‘inflammatory’ remarks at anti-CAA protest in AMU
According to a circular issued by the DoE, all annual school exams will also be postponed. Officials said that the situation is not conducive for conducting examinations in violence-affected areas.
Several demonstrators staged protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on Jan 29. They staged protest against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens (NRC) & National Population Register (NPR). They held placards and tricolour during the protest.Activist equates Indian Army to Pak Army during anti-CAA protest, says 'both kill their people'
November to March is peak tourism season for Northeast India. Chairman of the Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) Jayanta Malla Baruah said following the anti-CAA violent protest, there have been series of cancellation from domestic and foreign tourists.
PM Modi asserted that someday back Pakistan Army advertised that only non-Muslim application for sanitation work. "Those who are fear-mongering on CAA refuse to see the persecution of religious minorities in Pakistan. Shouldn't we help the persecuted? Some time back a Pakistan Army advertisement came out in which it was clearly written that only Non-Muslims apply for sanitation workers post," said PM Modi during NCC rally at Cariappa Parade Ground.Pak Army advertised for non-Muslim application for sanitation job: PM Modi on anti-CAA protests
Ask Delhi Police to halt use of facial recognition tech to identify demonstrators, point to unlawful use of drones. The officer, however, insisted the force was “not violating privacy”. India is among the world’s top three surveillance states, according to a recent study released by UK-based firm.
This was the time when Parliament passed the law to grant citizenship to non-Muslims who were persecuted on religious grounds in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
ED, which is probing PFI under PMLA since 2018, has found that at least Rs 120 crore were deposited in bank accounts in western UP after the Act was passed by Parliament late last year. It is suspected and alleged that these funds were used by PFI affiliates to fuel anti-CAA protests in various parts of UP, sources said, citing the findings of the ED probe report.
Former Chief Minister of Karnataka H D Kumaraswamy demanded the setting up of a House Committee to probe the Mangaluru violence. He said, "I demand this government to constitute a House Committee, we've to bring facts before people." At least two persons were killed in the alleged police firing in Mangaluru after protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act turned violent.Anti-CAA protests: Kumaraswamy demands House Committee probe into Mangaluru violence
Union minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said “constant provoking of Muslims” by “professional instigators” and hatemongers was among the factors responsible for Delhi riots. Muslims are being told that their lives and livelihoods are at stake and confused them about CAA. This has what led to panic in a section of the Muslims, he said.
Protests in Delhi spread to Seelampur and Daryaganj-Rajghat areas where the protestors were also reported from other parts of country as well. The Delhi Police on Tuesday arrested 10 suspects for Sunday’s arson and violence near the Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI). None of them were students, said Delhi Police.
A head constable was among seven people killed and at least 50 others, including several paramilitary and Delhi Police personnel, were injured as violence spiralled over the amended citizenship law in northeast Delhi on Monday. Frenzied protesters torched houses, shops, vehicles and a petrol pump, besides hurling stones.
AASU will hold state executive and delegation-level meetings on February 27 and February 28 respectively in Guwahati. Following a 6-year long anti foreigners’ movement in 1985 led by AASU, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) was formed.
154 eminent citizens including former judges, civil servants and defence officers have requested President Kovind to safeguard democratic institutions and initiate action against those indulging in violence in the name of anti-Citizenship Act protests.
A Supreme Court bench comprising Arun Mishra and Indira Banerjee, refused to entertain a plea challenging the imposition of the National Security Act (NSA) amid the ongoing anti-CAA protests. The bench asked the petitioner to file a fresh petition or an interim application in pending pleas on CAA giving specific details of violations of NSA.
Protesters holding black flags shouted “go back” and attempted to waylay the vehicle, but police acted swiftly to prevent them from causing physical harm. The protesters were responding to a recent incident in Mangaluru where Karnataka police had detained some Kerala journalists who had come to report on violence following anti-CAA protests in the coastal city.
Anil Baijal on Jan 10 extended detaining powers to Delhi Police under the NSA for a three-month period starting January 19. This allows police to detain a person for 12 months without trial. Sharma has made the Ministry of Home Affairs and the governments of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Manipur parties to the plea.
The Chennai City Police has filed cases against DMK Chief MK Stalin, youth wing secretary Udhayanidhi Stalin, leaders of DMK allies, and scores of cadre who participated in the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 on Monday, according to people aware of the police action against the protesters.
A Delhi court will pass order on March 2 on whether to lodge FIR against Union minister Anurag Thakur and his BJP colleague and MP Parvesh Verma for their alleged hate speech in relation to anti-CAA protest at Shaheen Bagh.
When the national leadership cannot ensure victories of other leaders in elections, the latter can be enthused by being given greater responsibilities and being made stakeholders. The Congress leadership remains restricted to a coterie that appears more faithful to Sonia Gandhi. This group certainly doesn’t display any vision for the future.
Sarbananda Sonowal, the chief minister who as a student leader had fought for the implementation of the Assam Accord, has become the main target of the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in the state.
Priyanka said she has highlighted each and every "police excess" in her lengthy memorandum to Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel during her previous visit to the state. She had visited Lucknow last week and met the kin of those injured or killed during the violent protests against the Act.
The women, carrying the national tricolour and raising slogans of 'aazadi', said they would not move from the site till the Centre revoke Citizenship (Amendment) Act. They tied a blue band on their arm and also raised 'Jai Bhim' slogans.
The demonstration, organised by a collective of civil society members, Left liberals and volunteers of outfits including the Jamaat-E-Islami Hind and NGOs saw high pitched slogans against the BJP-led Centre, the RSS, and Hindutva. Cases have been registered against them under Indian Penal Code 143 and Section 41 Class VI.
Jaffrabad, Maujpur-Babarpur, Gokulpuri, Johri Enclave and Shiv Vihar stations on the Pink Line Metro will remain closed and trains are being terminated at Welcome Metro Station.
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath on CAA protests: 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.Yogi Adityanath on CAA protests: Properties of vandals will be confiscated
"Those who are protesting against the Parliament of India, I want to tell them that the need was to expose Pakistan's deeds on the world stage. If you want to protest, protest and raise voice against Pakistan's deeds for the last 70 years, you should have that guts," he said.
Protesters were detained in the backdrop of CrPC Section 144 imposed across the city to avoid any untoward incidents from taking place. Guha was holding a poster of Mahatma Gandhi and talking to the media about the Indian constitution, when the police detained him.
A court in Uttar Pradesh has granted bail to the activist parents of a 14-month-old baby and 56 others nearly two weeks after they were arrested for protests against the citizenship bill and NRC in Varanasi.
At the last day of the four-day Kerala Literature Festival here, Tharoor said: "Protests can be defused if Narendra Modi & Amit Shah say 'We are dropping idea of NRC', that they will no longer ask NPR enumeration & go to every door asking - 'Where your father & mother were born' and ask for documentary proof."
A road, which was closed for over two months in Shaheen Bagh due to an anti-CAA protest, was opened by a group of demonstrators, only to be closed immediately, on Saturday, police said.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has made insensitive comments in the past also and has tried to comment on India's internal affairs, Kumar added.
Information and Broadcasting Minister, Prakash Javadekar hit out at Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for spreading misinformation on Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). “In a peaceful city like Delhi, the atmosphere that was created by spreading misinformation on Citizenship Amendment Act, and the damage that was done to property, Congress and AAP are responsible for it.Congrees, AAP responsible for violent anti- CAA protest in Delhi: Prakash Javadekar
There seems to be simmering discontent within the Muslim community that has its nerve centre in Lucknow, a hint of which was also seen in Iran supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s post last week asking the government to “confront extremist Hindus” and “stop the massacre of Muslims”.
The court had restrained Azad from visiting Delhi for four weeks and directed him to not hold any dharna till the elections in the national capital, while granting him bail in a case related to violent protests at Daryaganj. The court directed the police to verify from the EC whether Azad's office in Delhi is an office of a political party.
Amid the ongoing protests at various universities against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal on Sunday (December 29) said to not make educational institutes “hub of politics” which the Modi government will not tolerate.Don’t make universities ‘hub of politics’: HRD Minister on CAA protests
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