Three dead, hundreds detained during nationwide protests against Citizenship Amendment Act

A large number of protesters gathered at Jantar Mantar and in other parts of Delhi on Thursday to protest against the amended citizenship law after they were not allowed to demonstrate near the Red Fort and Mandi House where prohibitory orders have been imposed.

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NEW DELHI: Violent protests erupted across the country on Thursday over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, which seeks to grant citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis, Buddhists and Christians fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh and came to India on or before December 31, 2014.

A large number of protesters gathered at Jantar Mantar and in other parts of Delhi on Thursday to protest against the amended citizenship law after they were not allowed to demonstrate near the Red Fort and Mandi House where prohibitory orders have been imposed.

Left leaders including D Raja, Sitaram Yechury, Nilotpal Basu, Brinda Karat, Congress' Ajay Maken and Sandeep Dikshit, and activists Yogendra Yadav and Umar Khalid were among those detained near the Red Fort and Mandi House where the two demonstrations were planned to be held.

As protesters started converging at the Jantar Mantar amid heavy deployment of security personnel, barricades were erected at the protest site to prevent them from moving further.

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19 December 2019
23:57 PM

That's all for Thursday. Do come back again for live updates about developments related to the ongoing anti-CAA protests on Friday, December 20. 2019.

23:53 PM

In view of the announcement of curfew and declaration of holiday for schools and colleges in Mangaluru, VTU Examinations scheduled on December 20 are postponed. The revised time table will be announced shortly: Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), Belagavi.

23:51 PM

Section-144 to remain imposed in the city till tomorrow. 24 people have been booked and 8 cases have been registered. Cases also registered against MLA Rizwan Arshad and historian Ramachandra Guha: Bhaskar Rao, Commissioner of Police, Bengaluru City

23:09 PM

Internet services suspended in Prayagraj till 10 tomorrow in view of anti-CAA protests in the country. 

23:02 PM

New order will be out soon.. curfew is being extended to entire Mangaluru city commissionerate from 6 pm today till midnight on December 22nd: Mangaluru Police chief Dr Harsha.

22:27 PM

Riots and violence should not be the means to solve any problem. I request all fellow Indians to stay united keeping in mind national security and welfare of the country. The violence that is prevailing is deeply painful, tweets actor Rajinikanth in Tamil.

22:25 PM

UP government suspends Internet services in Meerut, Bareilly in view of anti-CAA protests.

22:19 PM

Police confirms death of two anti-CAA protesters in police firing in Mangalore. Both died at a private hospital during the treatment, says police.

22:01 PM

Residents of District Gurugram are advised to kindly verify the information before forwarding it via any media. Gurugram Police is monitoring the rumour mongering on real time basis. Strict legal actions would be initiated against the originators of rumours #responsiblecitizens: Gurugram administration.

21:49 PM

Internet services to be suspended in the district from 10 pm today till 20 December, 10 pm: Ghaziabad District Administration

21:44 PM

Karnataka: DCP of Bengaluru (Central) Chetan Singh Rathore sings national anthem along with protesters present at the Town Hall in Bengaluru, when they were refusing to vacate the place. Protesters left peacefully after the national anthem was sung - WATCH


21:25 PM

Section-144 of the CrPC (prohibits assembly of more than 4 people in an area) imposed in 44 districts of Madhya Pradesh due to anti-CAA protests.

21:24 PM

There were 2 incidents of violence in Ahmedabad today. Other than that, there is peace in whole state. Around 50 people arrested, we are checking video footage to identify those who were involved, strict action will be taken: Gujarat MoS for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja

21:06 PM

Firing was not done from our side. I do not know how that death occurred, I do not think it has anything to do with this agitation and police action: Uttar Pradesh DGP OP Singh on reports of a protester dying in Lucknow during anti-CAA protests.

21:05 PM

55 people have been arrested in the city, we are scrutinizing CCTV footage. SSP Lucknow will take appropriate action, we will not spare anyone: Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police OP Singh in Lucknow.


21:04 PM

Delhi Police has taken two people into custody for distributing pamphlets with inciting content on them regarding National Register of Citizens (NRC) and Citizenship Amendment Act. The two people are being questioned.

21:01 PM

Indian Railways to move court against West Bengal government after anti-CAA agitations in the state led to large scale destruction of railway properties.

20:57 PM

Jamia Millia Islamia Uiniversity website hacked; this message, ''Hacked by dark knight to support Jamia students. Jai hind,” displayed.

20:53 PM

Here is another video showing anti-CAA protesters vandalising public property in Gujarat's Ahmedabad - Watch


20:48 PM

Anti-CAA protesters attack policemen with stones during demonstration against Citizenship Amendment Act in Ahmedabad - Watch



20:45 PM

Anti-CAA protesters go on rampage in Ahmedabad, vandalise police vehicle, shops - Watch


20:33 PM

Anti-CAA protesters assault policemen in Gujarat's Ahmedabad, over 15 cops injured - Watch


20:25 PM

Anti-CAA protesters attack police vehicle in Gujarat's Banaskantha - Watch


20:14 PM

Protesters dispersed by police using tear gas after some police vehicles were vandalized in Shah Alam area of Ahmedabad, Gujarat today.


20:12 PM

Anti-CAA protesters attack police vehicle in Gujarat's Banaskantha: Report

19:35 PM

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh speaks to UP CM Yogi Adityanath over Lucknow violence, appeals for peace.

19:33 PM

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi tweets against internet shutdown, halting of metro trains, says, ''This government has no right to shut down colleges, telephones and the Internet, to halt metro trains and to impose Section 144 to suppress India's voice and prevent peaceful protests.''

19:25 PM

Students and faculty of IIM-Bangalore protest against Citizenship Amendment Act. Professors and students keep their footwear outside the IIM-Bangalore gate as symbolic protest against Sec 144 after being told b the cops that they will be arrested if they step out.

18:58 PM

MHA meeting to review situation in the wake of anti-CAA protests has now been postponed.

18:28 PM

Police is closely monitoring social media, please share with us if you receive any rumours. We are identifying those who are trying to spread rumours and will take legal action against them, warns Delhi Police.

18:27 PM

"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," says UP CM.

18:26 PM

"Rioting in the name of protest is not acceptable. Congress SP, and the Left are misleading people," says UP CM Yogi Adityanath.

18:25 PM

Instigating people in the name of religion is not what political parties should do. Political efforts should me made to maintain peace. If you want to protest, please don't create violence and rumours: MoS Home G Kishan Reddy. The minister says, ''There aren't violent protests anywhere except Lucknow where violence broke out today. Otherwise situation is peaceful everywhere.''

18:24 PM

West Bengal CM says if BJP has guts, it should go for a UN-monitored referendum on amended Citizenship Act and NRC.

18:21 PM

Curfew announced in Central Sub Division of Mangaluru, five PS limits till 20th midnight in North, South, East, Barke and Urwa PS limits.

18:14 PM

Suddenly after 73 years of Independence, we have to prove that we are Indian citizens. Where was BJP's head and tail at that time, BJP is dividing the country. Don't stop your protest because we have to get CAA revoked: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata.

17:54 PM

All entry and exit gates of Chandni Chowk, Barakhamba, Mandi House, Pragati Maidan, Lal Quila, Jama Masjid, Delhi Gate, ITO, Janpath, Khan Market, Vasant Vihar and Munirka are open: DMRC


17:50 PM

There is no report of violence from any part of Delhi due to anti-CAA protests. Section-144 is imposed in North-East district, Red Fort and some parts of New Delhi. There are rumours that it is imposed throughout Delhi, it is false. Section-144 is imposed only in some small parts of the city: Delhi Police PRO, MS Randhawa.


17:39 PM

Union Ministry of Home Affairs to hold a review meeting later today over the protests against Citizenship Amendment Act in different parts of the country. The high-level meeting is likely to be chaired by Home Minister Amit Shah.

16:47 PM

 Entry and exit gates of Delhi Gate are closed. Trains will not be halting at this station: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation

16:29 PM

People gather in protest against Citizenship Amendment Act at August Kranti Maidan, Mumbai, Maharashtra.


16:28 PM

Mobile internet services to remain suspended in Assam, till 9 am tomorrow.

16:23 PM

Protest against Citizenship Act turns violent in Hazratganj in Lucknow. Protesters pelted stones; Police resorted to lathi charge. A media OB van has also been set ablaze: Report.


16:21 PM

In view of the current heavy traffic congestion along the Gurugram-Delhi highway, resulting in inconvenience to passengers, reissue/no-show/cancellation and refund charges for all domestic and  international tickets for travel from Delhi on 19th Dec 2019 shall be waived: Air India

16:04 PM

Delhi Police personnel offer refreshments at Surajmal Stadium to protesters who were detained.


15:55 PM

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) administration has issued memorandum to its staff, faculty, resident doctors, nurses and students to refrain from holding any dharna/ protest/ strike at, in or around AIIMS.

15:53 PM

Protesters hold march against Citizenship Act in Nagpur.


15:47 PM

Congress core group meeting to be held at Sonia Gandhi's residence later today over 'unrest across the country after Citizenship Amendment Act': Report

15:46 PM

Due to traffic restrictions & to accommodate passengers reaching late to airport, we've rescheduled & curtailed our schedule in & out of Delhi by approx 20 departures (approx 10% of our Delhi departures). We'll take proactive measures if further cancellations required in view of anti-CAA protests: IndiGo

15:29 PM

Till now, 16 flights have been delayed due to traffic jam at NH-8. IndiGo has cancelled 19 flights due to crew getting stuck in traffic jam and other issues.

15:00 PM
15:00 PM

MHA sought details about prominent people detained during demonstration.

14:54 PM

Police vehicle, bike set on fire in Lucknow during protest. Angry mob also vandalised a police station. 

14:54 PM
14:32 PM

Karnataka Chief Minister's Office Sources: Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has directed the Police to not lathi charge protesters.

14:24 PM

Entry & exit gates of Rajiv Chowk are closed. Interchange facility is available at this station.

14:16 PM

Clashes erupt between police, protesters in Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow.

14:04 PM
13:58 PM

Protestors torch bus in Uttar Pradesh's Sambhal.

13:38 PM

Mamata Banerjee condemns detention of historian Ramchandra Guha and others for staging protests against CAA in Bengaluru.

13:37 PM

This government is scared of students. This government is scared of one of India’s most accomplished historians for speaking to the media on CAB and NRC and holding a poster of Gandhi ji. I condemn the detention of Ram Guha. We extend our full solidarity to all those detained: Mamata Banerjee

13:20 PM

Jamia Hearing in Delhi High Court:

Sanjay Hegde arguing for petitioners requests Delhi High Court to direct a fair inquiry to look whether Delhi Police was required to enter campus. He tells Delhi Police enters library, toilets hotels and fired tired gas. One bullet needs to be explained. The situation is not yet normal and there is apprehension from both sides and such a situation what procedure needs to be developed that if police action is inevitable it is there with credibility. Beating up should be last resort.

13:18 PM

Mobile network down near Red Fora area, all petrol pumps shut.

13:18 PM

Jamia Millia Islamia incident: Petitioner tells Delhi High Court that Delhi Police forcefully entered Jamia Millia Islamia campus and beat up students. The petitioner demands judicial inquiry under a committee headed by Supreme Court and High Court judges.

13:01 PM

Vodafone confirms suspension of internet services in Delhi.

12:49 PM

Entry & exit gates of Barakhamba are closed. Trains will not be halting at this station. 

12:43 PM

Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit detained by police at Mandi House. He says, "I was not allowed to go to Red Fort (for protest), so, I came to Mandi House"

12:42 PM

Left party leaders Sitaram Yechury, Prakash Karat, Brinda Karat and D Raja detained during anti-CAA protests.

12:39 PM

Mobile internet services suspended in parts of Delhi amid huge protests against anti-Citizenship Amendment Act.

"We're complying with instructions received from government authorities on suspending Voice, SMS and data in certain areas in Delhi. Once the suspension orders are lifted, our services will be fully up and running. We’re sorry about the inconvenience", tweeted Airtel.  

12:25 PM
12:23 PM

As per an intel input provided to Delhi Police, there are 12 places where protests are planned in the city. Some of the places are Jantar Mantar, Jamia, Near Parliament Street, Red Fort, Mandi House to Jantar Mantar, Raj Ghat and Kalindi Kunj. 

12:21 PM

Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit detained in Mandi House.

12:19 PM

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tweets against Citizenship Amendment Act:

12:17 PM

Anti-CAA protests hit Lucknow. One metro station closed till 5 pm.

12:08 PM

Petition filed before Karnataka High Court challenging imposition of Section 144 in the state (in wake of protests over Citizenship Act). Court posts the matter for hearing on December 21.

11:55 AM

Delhi Police PRO MS Randhawa, at Red Fort where Section 144 is imposed: We request protest organizers to hold protests at designated places only. I appeal to all to cooperate with the police.

11:49 AM
11:49 AM

Bengaluru City Police: Some people are spreading rumors. We request citizens not to give attention to them

11:49 AM

BJP working president JP Nadda has called a meeting of party General Secretaries tomorrow, over the programs being organised by the party on Citizenship Amendment Act.

11:19 AM

Historian Ramchandra Guha detained in Bengaluru. He came to the protest spot with a few activists.

11:16 AM
11:16 AM

Delhi: Police detain protesters near Red Fort. Section-144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (prohibits assembly of more than 4 people in an area) has been imposed near Red Fort.

10:53 AM
10:52 AM

More than 3,000 people have been slapped with notices for flouting Section 144: UP DGP.

10:51 AM

People have been arrested in Aligarh, Mau, Prayagraj: UP DGP

10:50 AM

Section 144 has been imposed across UP.

10:28 AM

Ahmedabad Police: No permission has been given for rally or protest for today. Request citizens to adhere to law.

10:28 AM

DMRC: Entry & exit gates of Patel Chowk, Lok Kalyan Marg, Udyog Bhawan, ITO, Pragati Maidan and Khan Market are closed. Trains will not be halting at these stations.

10:26 AM

Police imposes prohibitory orders under CrPC Section 144 near Red Fort amid protest against CAA.

10:09 AM

Protestors create ruckus across Bihar over CAA. Traffic has been disrupted in various parts of Patna.

10:09 AM

Delhi: Section-144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (prohibits assembly of more than 4 people in an area) has been imposed near Red Fort.

10:08 AM

Permission has not been granted for the march to be held under the banner of 'Hum Bharat Ke Log' against CAA from Lal Quila to Shaheed Bhagat Singh Park (ITO) at 11:30 am today.

10:07 AM

Entry and exit gates of Jamia Millia Islamia, Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh, Munirka, Lal Quila, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk and Vishwavidyalaya are closed. Trains will not be halting at these stations: DMRC

09:21 AM
09:21 AM

Bengaluru: Police deployed in Town Hall area as a bandh has been called by consortium of Left wing & Muslim organistaions in Karnataka today in protest against CitizenshipAct & NRC; Section 144 has been imposed throughout Bengaluru from 6 am today for the next 3 days.

08:58 AM

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar: Now that Supreme Court is seized of challenge to validity of CAA has granted no stay, I appeal all to give up agitational path in interest of peace so that normalcy returns and suffering of people is contained.

08:57 AM
08:56 AM

Patna: All India Students Federation (AISF) members stop a train at Rajendra Nagar railway station in protest against CAA nd NRC.

08:56 AM
08:55 AM

Darbhanga, Bihar: CPI-M workers block railway track at Laheriasarai railway station protesting against Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens (NRC).

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