Anti-CAA protests swell across India; six deaths in UP, violence in Delhi

Almost all the major cities - Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Chennai, Lucknow, Patna, Thiruvananthapuram, Mumbai and Hyderabad - saw protesters taking to the streets despite substantial police presence and the imposition of prohibitory orders at several places. 

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 00:11
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NEW DELHI: Six people died and dozens were injured on Friday as police clashed with thousands of protesters across several states as they continued to oppose the Citizenship Amendment Act, which they say discriminates against Muslims. Violent clashes with police rocked Uttar Pradesh from Gorakhpur to Bulandshahr on Friday while thousands rallied in the national capital with Tricolour and 'Save Constitution' banners to protests against the amended citizenship law and the proposed National Register of Citizens.

With the protests turning violent an the opposition mounting attack on the ruling dispensation, the government indicated that it was ready to accept suggestions. However, ahead of that the anti-CAA violence killed two people in Bijnor, one in Kanpur, one in Firozabad and another one in Sambhal. On Thursday, three people died during the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act violent protests. Two persons died in Karnataka's Mangaluru and another one died in UP's Lucknow.

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21 December 2019, 00:11 AM

People protesting against the amended citizenship law have given a call for a bandh in Ranpur for Saturday amid the police taking over 150 people in preventive custody in the last two days. Rampur Superintendent of Police Ajay Pal Sharma said the police have also sought property details of around 250 people who have provoked tension or are suspected to do it in the coming days. "Once we get these details and cases are investigated, their properties will be attached for their attempt to fan violence," Sharma said. Schools and colleges will remain closed on December 21 in Gautam Budh Nagar in view of the protests.

20 December 2019, 22:18 PM

Till the time,this black law is not withdrawn, the protest will continue. Since afternoon, the protest has been going on peacefully. People from the administration had entered Jama Masjid and lathi-charged people in the day: Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad at Delhi's Jama Masjid.

20 December 2019, 22:17 PM

Curfew relaxed for 16 hrs tomorrow from 6 AM to 10 PM in Dibrugarh district. Restriction 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: Assam government.

20 December 2019, 22:17 PM

Madhya Pradesh: Internet services have been restored in Bhopal.

20 December 2019, 21:49 PM

Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad present at Jama Masjid. Earlier today, police had tried to detain him, during protest at Jama Masjid against Citizenship Amendment Act but he was taken out of the spot by his supporters.

20 December 2019, 21:43 PM

Gujarat government has imposed Section 144 (prohibits assembly of more than 4 people in an area) in Rajkot till 1 January, 2020.

20 December 2019, 21:42 PM

Kerala government has stayed all the activities connected with the updation regarding National Population Register (NPR).

20 December 2019, 21:40 PM

Madhya Pradesh: Section 144 imposed in 50 districts (total districts 52) of the state. Curfew imposed in four police station limits in Jabalpur.

20 December 2019, 21:32 PM

Anti-CAA protesters assemble at Delhi Police headquarters in ITO, demand immediate release of those detained by the police.

20 December 2019, 21:28 PM

Madhya Pradesh: Mobile internet services to remain suspended till 6 pm tomorrow (21st December) in Jabalpur.

20 December 2019, 21:26 PM

Today afternoon, a large crowd gathered in the area of Jama Masjid for prayers. After prayers, they wanted to proceed towards Jantar Mantar, but the senior officers present at the spot persuaded them not to march towards Jantar Mantar: Delhi Police

20 December 2019, 20:56 PM

While protesters were being pushed back, a private car parked at Subhash Marg, Darya Ganj was set ablaze. The police staff immediately doused the fire.\Some police personnel incl senior officers were injured in stone-pelting. Around 40 persons have been detained: Delhi Police

20 December 2019, 20:55 PM

In the evening, suddenly some anti-social elements in the gathering started breaking the barricades and indulged in stone-pelting in a bid to march towards Jantar Mantar against the police advice. Police used water cannon and absolutely minimum force to push them back: Delhi Police

20 December 2019, 20:54 PM

Rapid Action Force takes out flag march in Delhi's Daryaganj after violent anti-CAA protest.

20 December 2019, 20:25 PM

Citizenship Act and NRC are against the poor. The poor, they will be most affected by it. What will the daily wage labourers do? Demonstrations should be held peacefully: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra at India Gate

20 December 2019, 20:19 PM

Delhi Police PRO, MS Randhawa on protest at Jama Masjid: Protest going on since morning was peaceful. Around 6.30 pm, some outsiders came here and started pelting stones. We used water cannon. People were pushed back. Some policemen received injuries. Some people have been detained.

20 December 2019, 20:17 PM

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra joins protesters at India Gate; says "NRC is anti-poor".

20 December 2019, 20:07 PM

Internet suspended in Agra, Aligarh, Mau Meerut, Mathura and Ghaziabad.

20 December 2019, 19:55 PM

Visuals: Locals offer tea and roses to police personnel deployed for maintaining law & order following protest against #CitizenshipAmendmentAct, in Jafrabad area.

20 December 2019, 19:43 PM

Properties worth Rs 88 crore damaged so far in violent protests against anti-Citizenship in West Bengal. 

20 December 2019, 19:38 PM

Internet services in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad to remain suspended till 10 am on December 21. All schools to stay closed: District Magistrate

20 December 2019, 19:38 PM

A spokesperson of Ministry of Home Affairs shares a detailed tweet, explaining all the provisions pertaining to citizenship in India. 

20 December 2019, 19:31 PM

Uttar Pradesh TET examinations suspended due to anti-Citizenship protests. The examinations were scheduled to be held on December 22. 

20 December 2019, 19:28 PM

Zomato and Dominos suspends its services in part of Delhi due to CAA protests.

20 December 2019, 19:26 PM

Entry and exit gates at all stations, except Jama Masjid, Jaffrabad and Maujpur-Babarpur have been opened: DMRC

20 December 2019, 19:26 PM

All entry and exit gates of Kashmere Gate are open. Entry is permitted at Rajiv Chowk: DMRC

20 December 2019, 19:25 PM

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Mamata Banerjee's remark on Citizenship Act: We never wanted a 3rd party or international fora's interference in our affairs. On a completely domestic matter she has chosen to ask for UN. Does she have no faith in institutions of India? I totally condemn her statement. And it is irresponsible of a chief minister to talk like that. 


20 December 2019, 19:24 PM

Uttar Pradesh government's Additional Chief Secretary, Awanish Kumar Awasthi: Five people died today in the violence during protests against #CitizenshipAmendmentAct, across the state. 

20 December 2019, 19:23 PM

Total six people have been killed in violent protests against Citizenship Act, one on December 19 and five on Dec 20, across Uttar Pradesh.

20 December 2019, 18:35 PM

Sonia Gandhi accused BJP government of supressing people's voice against Citizenship Act.

In a democracy people have right to raise their voice against policies of govt®ister their concerns. BJP govt has shown utter disregard for people’s voices&chosen to use brute force to suppress dissent: Sonia Gandhi

20 December 2019, 18:34 PM

Visuals: People hold demonstration at Delhi's Central Park in Connaught Place in support of Citizenship Act.

20 December 2019, 18:33 PM

Visuals: Heavy security deployed in Delhi's Daryaganj area due to the ongoing protest against Citizenship Act. 

20 December 2019, 18:32 PM

All entry and exit gates of Dilshad Garden are open: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation

20 December 2019, 18:32 PM

Video: Protest continues outside Delhi's Jama Masjid against Citizenship Act.

20 December 2019, 18:32 PM

Gate no. 3 and 4 of Kashmere Gate have been opened: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation

20 December 2019, 18:18 PM

Visuals: Car torched in Delhi's Daryaganj during protest over Citizenship Act.

20 December 2019, 18:05 PM

Thousands of people march to Delhi's Jantar Mantar in protest. DMRC shuts 17 metro stations including, Mandi House, Janpath, Central Secretariat, Kashmere Gate, Chandni Chowk,  Jamia Millia Islamia, Jaffrabad, Maujpur-Babarpur  among others.

20 December 2019, 17:58 PM

The protest at Delhi Gate in Daryaganj is turning violent. Stone pelting has been going on in Delhi Gate for sometime now.

20 December 2019, 17:55 PM

Delhi: Gate no. 3 and 4 of Kashmere Gate metro station have been opened.

20 December 2019, 17:54 PM

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray in Nagpur: I appeal to people of Maharashtra to maintain peace and calm. Maharashtra government will ensure that no one's rights are snatched away.

20 December 2019, 17:45 PM

After the prayers in UP's Bahraich district, people opposing the Act pelted stones at the police. To disperse the crowd, the police resorted to lathi-charge and opened tear gas. A tense situation persists in the area and heavy force has been deployed at the site of the incident near Ghantaghar Chowk. Thousands of people took out a march even after the implementation of Section 144 in the district.

20 December 2019, 17:33 PM

The entry and exit gates of Kashmere Gate and Central Secretariat have also been closed. Interchange facility is available at these stations.

20 December 2019, 16:53 PM

Now, entry and exit gates of Mandi House, Janpath, Rajiv Chowk, Pragati Maidan and Khan Market are closed. Interchange facility is available at Rajiv Chowk and Mandi House metro stations: DMRC. A total of 15 metro stations have been shut till now.

20 December 2019, 16:52 PM

Traffic movement closed on Old Iron Bridge, Pushta Road and carriageway from Seelam Pur to Yamuna Vihar due to demonstration. Kindly avoid these stretches: Delhi Traffic Police

20 December 2019, 16:41 PM

Additional DCP Rohit Rajbir Yadav hit with stone on head in Seemapuri locality near Shahdara in Delhi during ongoing anti-CAA protests.

20 December 2019, 16:31 PM

Protests being majorly backed by 59 political parties who have moved Supreme Court against the CAA. Internet was blocked in certain areas on Thursday looking at law and order situation as people had started gathering near Red Fort. Those who have objections to CAA can give their suggestions to the MHA, it will be incorporated as the rules are yet to be framed: Senior government official.

20 December 2019, 16:28 PM

Additional DCP Rohit Rajbir Singh suffers a minor injury due to stone pelting during anti-CAA stir in Seemapuri: Delhi Police

20 December 2019, 16:21 PM

Three more metro stations in Delhi shut--Dilshad Garden, Shiv Vihar and Johri Enclave. A total of ten metro stations are shut at 4.20 pm.

20 December 2019, 16:07 PM

Protests intensify in several parts of Uttar Pradesh including Bulandshahr, Firozabad and Meerut. Violent protest in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr as demonstrators pelted stones on cops and set fire to a police van. The cops fired tear gas and resorted to lathi-charge.

20 December 2019, 16:00 PM

Mangaluru South Police: 6 or 7 Kerala journalists were detained today in the morning. All of them were released half an hour ago.