Delhi police personnel surround and beat students of Jamia Millia Islamia. (Photo Credit: Twitter)
After a night of chaos in the national capital, Delhi police have released as many as 50 Jamia Millia Islamia University students, who were detained during protests against the amended Citizenship Act, that grants Indian citizenship to illegal non-Muslim migrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The protests turned violent after Delhi police personnel fired tear gas shells inside Jamia campus to force their way in and allegedly dragged students out of the library and the mosque, and assaulted them. As many as 100 people, including protesters and some policemen, were injured in clashes and over 50 vehicles, including DTC buses, were set on fire in Mathura Road, New Friends Colony, Jamia Nagar and Sarai Julena. The crackdown on students had its repercussions and the protests spread to other central universities across the country. The police also launched a crackdown against stundets of Aligarh From Kolkata’s Jadavpur University to Hyderabad’s Maulana Azad National Urdu University, students have begun their agitation against the authorities.
11:30 pm: Meerut District Magistrate, Anil Dhingra: Internet services to remain suspended till 5 pm tomorrow.
9:30 om: Mistake to support citizenship law, may withdraw support to BJP in Assam: AGP chief Prafulla Mahanta
9:00 pm: West Bengal Police: 354 miscreants have been arrested across the state as a part of our endeavor to maintain peace and harmony in Bengal.
8:30 pm: Gyan Prakash Tripathi, DM Mau: Few people who had gathered at Hajipura to hold protest over yesterday's Jamia Millia Islamia incident, have been disbursed. Few motorbikes were torched by them. The situation is peaceful now. Section 144 has been imposed in Hajipura Chowk area.
8:15 pm: Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Jharkhand's Poreyahat: I appeal to students to understand #CitizenshipAmendmentAct. There is no provision in CAA that takes away anyone's citizenship. Congress, AAP & TMC are misleading you & creating an atmosphere of violence across the country.
8:00 pm: Top Delhi Police Source on media report of bullet injuries on protesters: Categorically deny that protesters were fired upon, injuries which some media outlets are reporting could be sharp end of tear gas shells hitting directly. We are investigating nature of allegations again.
7:40 pm: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC): Entry & exit gates at all stations have been opened. Normal services have resumed in all stations.
7:30 pm: Citizenship Amendment Act: Internet services suspended in Aligarh (city) till tomorrow midnight.
7:00 pm: CPI(M) General secretary Sitaram Yechury: CPI(M) is filing a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the Citizenship Amendment Act. It will be done maybe today. It's all ready.
6:30 pm: AK Antony, Congress after party's symbolic protest over police action during students' protests in Jamia Millia Islamia & Aligarh Muslim University: Tomorrow under the leadership of Congress President Sonia ji,almost all important Opposition leaders are meeting President of India.
6:15 pm: Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) files complaint to Commissioner of Police Amulya Patnaik, against Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan & others. Complaint alleges their involvement in "riots at Jamia Millia Islamia, yesterday"
6:08 pm: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress: Every person in Congress will fight against this tyranny and stand with the students.
6:06 pm: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra: Govt has given a blow to the Constitution. It's an attack on the soul of the nation, youth is the soul of the nation. It's their right to protest. I'm a mother too. You entered into their library, dragged them out and thrashed them up. This is tyranny.
6:05 pm: National Commission for Women (NCW) writes to Delhi Commissioner of Police, Amulya Patnaik over "reports of sexual harassment & thrashing of female students by male police officers". NCW requests him to "investigate, take action, & file a detailed action taken report".
6:00 pm: Delhi: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, KC Venugopal, AK Antony, PL Punia, Ahmed Patel, Ambika Soni & other Congress leaders continue to sit on a symbolic protest near India Gate over police action during students' protests in Jamia Millia Islamia & Aligarh Muslim University(Uttar Pradesh).
5:45 pm: Special Weapon And Tactics (SWAT) Team patrolling in Delhi's posh areas, claims ABP News.
5:40 PM: Crime Branch will investigate Jamia violence from all angles, says Delhi police.
5:30 pm: In the meantime, Tarek Fatah tweets a video:
Here is the video clip of Jamia Milli Islamic Univesity students in Delhi chanting:— Tarek Fatah (@TarekFatah) December 16, 2019
“Hinduon sey Leyngay Azadi,
Hum cheen key leyngay azadi.”
Now Islamists & their leftist allies insist the chant was “Hindutva se leyngay Azadi.” Caught in the act, now lying to save their skins pic.twitter.com/SClpwecjPC
5:15 pm: 1984 anti-Sikh riots accused Jagdish Tytler arrives for Congress' dharna near India Gate over police action during students' protests.
1984 anti-Sikh riots accused Jagdish Tytler arrives for Congress' dharna near India Gate over police action during students' protests— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) December 16, 2019
Photos: ANI#JamiaProtest #CongressProtests
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4:50 pm: IIM Ahmedabad students join protests over police action against Jamia Millia Islamia and AMU.
#BREAKING | IIM Ahmedabad students join protests over police action against Jamia Millia Islamia and AMU students#CAAProtests #JamiaProtests— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) December 16, 2019
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4.37 pm: Security Update Entry & exit gates of Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan are closed. Trains will not be halting at Patel Chowk and Udyog Bhawan.
4.10 pm: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra sits at India Gate to protest against crackdown on students.
#02:59 pm: “Around 30 police personnel received injuries, 2 SHO suffered fractures, one of our personnel is in ICU. 2 FIRs have been registered for rioting and arson. Crime Branch will investigate the matter from all angles,” Randhawa said.
#02:57 pm: Two FIRs have been registered, action against guilty, students need not bother, Randhawa said.
#02:55 pm: “Yesterday around 2 pm protest happened, locals also participated, our staff showed maximum restraint despite provocations. Around 4:30 pm some protesters went towards Mata Mandir Marg and set a bus on fire,” Randhawa said.
#02:54 pm: Delhi Police addresses media: Delhi Police PRO MS Randhawa assured the students that they shouldn’t pay heed to rumours.
#02:09 pm: PM Modi: I want to unequivocally assure my fellow Indians that CAA does not affect any citizen of India of any religion. No Indian has anything to worry regarding this Act. This Act is only for those who have faced years of persecution outside and have no other place to go except India.
#02:05 pm: PM Modi Breaks Silence Over Violent Protests Over Citizenship Act: The Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 was passed by both Houses of Parliament with overwhelming support. Large number of political parties and MPs supported its passage. This Act illustrates India’s centuries old culture of acceptance, harmony, compassion and brotherhood.
#01:55 pm: PM says Congress is behind it (protests). Had Congress been capable of inciting such violence, you wouldn't have been in power. It's a baseless allegation. I condemn it. Only the ruling party, PM, HM&their cabinet are responsible for it Citizenship Amendment Act: Ghulam Nabi Azad
#01:50 pm: Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress on Police crackdown on Jamia Students: Police can't enter into university premises without permission of Vice Chancellor. If they weren't permitted, how did Police, which comes under Central govt,enter into the campus? We condemn it. There should be a judicial inquiry.
#01:15 pm: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee leads protest march against the Citizenship Act and NRC in Kolkata.
#01:10 pm: Arvind Kejriwal Seeks Time To Meet Amit Shah: "I am very worried over the worsening law and order situation in Delhi. To ensure peace returns to the city immediately, I have sought time from Home Minister Amit Shah for a meeting," says Kejriwal.
#01:05 pm: Home Minister Amit Shah To Meet HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Over Police Crackdown On Jamia Students.
#12:52 pm: Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, Najma Akhtar: We will file an FIR against the entry of Police in our university campus. You can rebuild the property but you cannot compensate for the things the students went through. We demand a high level inquiry.
#12:50 pm: Police Brutality On Students Unfortunate, Says JNU VC: There has been a lot of property damage in the University, how will all this be compensated? There has been an emotional loss as well. Yesterday's incident was unfortunate. I also appeal to everyone to not believe in any kind of rumours.
#12:45 pm: Jamia Millia Islamia University Vice Chancellor Najma Akhtar Adresses Media: It was an issue of locals. Police entered the campus without permission. Students were beaten by police in the library. They were intimidated by the brutalities of the police. We want high-level inquiry into the police action.
#12:40 pm: DCP, South-East Delhi, Chinmoy Biswal: This (Police burnt buses) is an absolute lie. When mob was setting fire to properties, police tried to douse the fire by asking for water from residents. As far as the particular bus is concerned, Police saved it by using water from a bottle
#12:35 pm: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Calls Meeting: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called a meeting of top AAP leaders at his residence in Delhi over Jamia incident.
#12:30 pm: A scuffle broke out between Police and students of Delhi University who were protesting against the Citizenship Act and Jamia Crackdown. Some students have been detained at Maurice Nagar Police Station.
#12:20 pm: Home Minister Has Not Sought Any Report From Delhi Police On Jamia Crackdown: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has not sought any report from the Delhi Police over the violence that ensued in Jamia Nagar area after protests broke out against the new citizenship law.
#12:10 pm: Former Assam CM & Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) leader, Prafulla Kr Mahanta: We are not going to support this. Everyone is opposing it. It'll violate Assam Accord & make indigenous people of Assam, a minority here. AGP opposes it. We will go to Supreme Court.
#11:54 am: Congress Leader Jairam Ramesh Challenges Citizenship Amendment Act In SC: Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh has challenged the Citizenship Amendment Act in the Supreme Court and his plea will be heard on Wednesday. Ramesh has challenged the new law in his personal capacity. He had filed the petition on December 13.
#11:50 am: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) Condemns Jamia Crackdown: "We condemn this vindictive action on the student community by the police and hold the government of India responsible for this deplorable act. This episode is bound to invite international condemnation sullying the image of our country," Syed Sadatullah, JIH president, said in a communique to the media
#11:40 am: Hyderabad: Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) students protest against Citizenship Amendment Act and in support of Jamia students.
#11:30 am: Protests At Lucknow's Nadwa College: Students at Lucknow's Nadwa College clashed with police on Monday morning. The students closed the gate of college and didn't allow the police to enter. The police is seen throwing back stones inside the campus. The students were protesting in solidarity with Delhi's Jamia University, where police on Sunday night launched a crackdown and allegedly assaulted students.
#10:45 am: Riots Must Stop, Says CJI Bobde On Jamia Protests: 'We will determine the rights but not in the atmosphere of riots, let all of this stop and then we will take suo motu cognizance. We are not against rights and peaceful demonstrations:' CJI
#10:40 am: Senior advocate Indira Jaising mentioned Jamia Millia Islamia&Aligarh Muslim University incidents before a bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde. Jaising asks SC to take suo motu cognizance of the issue saying'It's a very serious human rights violation all over the country.'
#10:35 am: A petition was mentioned in Delhi High Court seeking intervention in Jamia incident through judicial inquiry by this Court. Petition said the 52 detained and injured students should be given proper medical attention and compensation. The court refused to give an urgent hearing and asked the petitioner to approach the Court through registry.
#10:30 am: UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has taken cognisance of the situation from DGP OP Singh after protests outside Aligarh Muslim University campus yesterday.
#10:05 am: Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Leader of Opposition in the assembly Ramesh Chennithala at a joint protest against Citizenship Amendment Act
#10:02 am: UP Police To Evacuate AMU Campus: UP Director General of Police OP Singh told NDTV that police will evacuate AMU campus and send students home. He also denied allegations that police resorted to vandalism during last night's crackdown.
#09:50 am: Curfew Relaxed In Assam: Curfew has been relaxed between 6 am - 8 pm in the district tomorrow. Curfew has also been relaxed in Guwahati today between 6 am - 8 pm.
#09:32 am: Delhi: A student of Jamia Millia Islamia University removes his shirt and sits at the gate of university demanding action against Delhi police following yesterday's incident.
Delhi: A student of Jamia Millia Islamia University removes his shirt and sits at the gate of university demanding action against Delhi police following yesterday's incident. pic.twitter.com/IlE1Ea2nk0— ANI (@ANI) December 16, 2019
#09:20 am: Protests Against Amended Citizenship Act Continue In Bengal: Protests over the amended Citizenship Act continued in Bengal for the fourth consecutive day on Monday, with incidents of road and rail blockades reported from various parts of the state, officials said. In East Midnapore and Murshidabad districts, the agitators blocked thoroughfares since morning, inconveniencing hundreds of commuters, they said. Several trains have been cancelled or delayed due to the ongoing protests. (PTI)
#09:10 am: Supreme Court Lawyers will gather outside Court No 1 todsy at 945 am to decide next legal course of action in defence of students whose life and liberty has been put in danger by the police
#09:01 am: Amid Protests Over Citizenship Act, President Ramnath Kovind has appointed R.N. Ravi, Governor of Nagaland to discharge the functions of the Governor of Meghalaya, in addition to his own duties. Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy is on leave.
#08:50 am: Chief Public Relation Officer Eastern Railway: Due to agitation at different places in Katihar Division of Northeast Frontier Railway, 12042 Down New Jalpaiguri- Howrah Shatabdi Express & 12041 Up Howrah - New Jalpaiguri Shatabdi Express will remain cancelled today.
#08:48 am: Hyderabad: Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) students' union writes to controller of examination of university, stating 'due to protests by MANUU students against police's attack on Jamia&AMU students,MANUU students are boycotting exams, request you to postpone the same'
#08:45 am: Traffic Movement Closed From Sarita Vihar To Kalindi Kunj: Traffic movement is closed from Sarita Vihar to Kalindi Kunj, Road No. 13A. Motorists heading towards Delhi from Noida are requested to take Mathura Road, Ashram and DND and those coming from Badarpur side take Ashram Chowk, says Delhi Traffic police.
#08:40 am: Mobile Internet Suspended In UP's Saharanpur: Mobile internet services to remain suspended starting from 12 pm of December 15 until further orders, in order to maintain law and order, says District Magistrate Saharanpur.
#08:37 am: Delhi Metro Services Resumes: After a brief disruption in services at several metro stations in the national capital last night, entry and exit gates were opened and normal services have resumed at all stations on Monday morning.
#08:34 am: Delhi Police Says Its Personnel Also Injured: In the violence and stone pelting by protesters, yesterday, several policemen including South East District DCP, Additional DCP (South), 2 Assistant Commissioner of Police, 5 Station House Officers and inspectors have been injured.
#08:30 am: Police Release Detained Jamia Students: All detained students have been released from Kalkaji and New Friends Colony, says MS Randhawa, PRO Delhi Police