Massive protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act rocked the Nation on Friday. An uneasy calm prevailed in Assam, however, things turned violent in other nations where widespread protests were witnessed. Assam is reeling under violent protests within the newly amended law that provides for awarding citizenship to non-Muslim persecuted minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.Earlier on Thursday, two persons had been killed in police firing in Assam to quell protests against the invoice with thousands descending on roads defying curfew even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged his administration was committed to safeguarding their rights. Several cities and towns were put under curfew including Guwahati, which was the epicentre of all protests.
The Jamia Millia Islamia University turned into a battlefield after authorities and pupils, who wanted to march to Parliament House to protest, clashed with each other. Fifty students were arrested after a clash between police and students after the protestors were stopped in the varsity gate and prevented from carrying out their march. The pupils, who were baton-charged by police personnel, alleged that the police also used tear gas to quell their march. The pupils also resorted to stone-pelting. On the other hand, the protestors alleged that authorities resorted to stone-pelting initial and students threw stones in response to the attack. The police had cordoned off the street and protestors were spotted climbing onto barricades. The University’s gate was afterwards closed. We were marching peacefully and authorities stopped us from marching. Firstthey lathicharged us asking us to proceed backward. Then they pelted stones in reaction to which students picked up stones also, a law student at Jamia explained. Another student alleged that police resorted to pelting stones and subsequently used tear gas that led to several students being injured. Authorities, however, denied the allegations.
The yearly summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe scheduled from December 15-17 in Guwahati was cancelled in the wake of enormous protests rocking the Assam capital town. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said both India and Japan sides have decided to”defer” Abe’s visit for the summit to a mutually suitable date.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah has cancelled his trip to two Northeastern countries — Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh — scheduled on Sunday and Monday. Shah was assumed to take part in the passing out parade at the North Eastern Police Academy near Shillong on Sunday along with a festival in Tawang the Following Day.
Internet services in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh district have been blocked because midnight till 5 pm on Friday in view of the protests planned against the amended Citizenship Act. The government has denied consent to BSP leader and Mayor Furqaan Ali, who desired to hold a protest against the passing of this citizenship bill in Parliament, District magistrate Chandra Bhushan Singh stated. The AMUTA and pupils had announced that they’d take out a parade from the library to the university circle just outside the campus, where they’d hand over memorandum.
The protestors, together with national flags in hands, gathered at the place around 2.30 pm and blocked the highway, one of the major roads that links Kolkata to remainder of the nation. No policemen were seen in the spot as the protestors sat on the road, set tyres on fire and brought traffic to a standstill.