Seventeen districts of Uttar Pradesh witnessed fierce protest on Friday over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). In Firozabad, activists burnt a checkpoint. In other cities including Kanpur and Gorakhpur, the mob pelted stones at the police.
More than 3,000 people have been detained across Uttar Pradesh. Internet service is closed in 20 districts in Uttar Pradesh.
There were violent protests on Thursday in Lucknow, but there was peace in the State capital on Friday.
A group demonstrated outside Delhi’s Jama Masjid. The Bhim Army planned to march from the mosque to Jantar Mantar, but the police have not allowed the self-styled Dalit outfit to conduct the march.
Security arrangements have been tightened in northeast Delhi. Six Metro stations have been closed.
Meanwhile, after the violence on Thursday, an FIR has been registered against 8,000 people in Gujarat. Section 144 has been imposed in Delhi, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh.
A high alert has been issued in four districts of Kerala.
Mobile internet has been stopped also in Madhya Pradesh.
Protest in Uttar Pradesh
- On Friday, rioters pelted stones at police in Ghaziabad, Meerut, Sultanpur, Gorakhpur, Kanpur, Unnao, Bulandshahar, Hathras, Hapur, Amroha, Muzaffarnagar, Sitapur, Bijnor, Moradabad, Firozabad, Bhadohi and Bahraich. Police retaliated with tear gas shells.
- Despite the implementation of Section 144 in the State, there were many instances of violent protest in Lucknow and Sambhal on Thursday against the citizenship law. Police registered seven cases in Lucknow and arrested 200 vandals. The postmortem of the youth killed in the firing was video-graphed.
- In Sambhal district, cases have been registered on 17 including SP MP Shafiqur Rahman Burke in connection with violence and arson. A total of 3,305 people have been detained in the State so far. Mobile internet is at a standstill in 20 districts including Lucknow. The administration has tightened security arrangements due to the prayers.
Protest in Delhi
- A large crowd gathered outside Jama Masjid after the prayers. Police monitored their movement with drones and appealed to the people to leave the area peacefully.
- Security arrangements have been tightened in northeast Delhi. On Friday, the police enforced Section 144 in 12 out of 14 police station areas and took out a flag march. 10 companies of CRPF and Rapid Action Force have been deployed in Northeast Delhi. Five drones fitted with cameras are monitoring the area.
- In view of the demonstration, DMRC closed six metro stations.
Protest in Gujarat means attacking cops
- Protesters hurled stones at policemen on Thursday in Shah Alam area of Ahmedabad. Twenty-one policemen including a DCP, an ACP were injured in this attack.
- A case has been registered against 5,000 people in Isanpur police station, in which Sections like conspiracy to murder and obstructing government work were slapped on the accused.
- On Thursday, a police car was attacked by a protest mob on the main highway of Banaskantha.
- A case has been registered against 3,022 protesters in this case. Of these, 22 have been identified.
- On Friday, 49 people were arrested, including INC councillor Shahzad Khan.
- Ahmedabad Police had ignored the Intelligence Bureau’s warning of that some vested interests would incite mobs for violence.
Shape of protest in Karnataka
- Internet will remain unavailable closed in Mangaluru and Dakshina Kannada district till 10 PM on 21 December.
- Schools and colleges in Bengaluru have been closed.
- Bus service in Mangaluru has been stopped. Section 144 in the city has now been extended until 22 December.
- In the name of protest, activists had set a police station on fire in Mangaluru on Thursday. 20 policemen were injured in stone-pelting.
- Two people were killed in the anti-CAA protest riots.
- Twenty-four people have been arrested in Bengaluru for demonstrations and violence.
Bihar: RJD itches for trouble
RJD has called a shutdown in the State on Saturday against the citizenship law. Tejashwi Yadav said this law was unconstitutional and anti-humanity. “This has revealed the divisive character of the BJP,” he said.
CPI(M) workers blocked railway tracks and highways in several districts of the State during the bandh on Thursday.
Assam calms down
Internet service was restored in all districts on Friday. The internet had been banned from 11 December due to protests and violence here.
Pre-emptive Tamil Nadu
A case was registered against 600 people who protested against the citizenship law in Chennai. These include actor Siddharth and musician TM Krishna.
North Kerala is on high alert. Security arrangements have been strengthened in Wayanad, Kozhikode, Kasaragod and Kannur districts.
Mamata looks for Nehru’s Kashmir in Bengal
Things were normal in the State on Friday. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will stage a sit-in today in Kolkata’s Muslim-dominated Park Circus area.
Banerjee had said yesterday, “If Prime Minister Narendra Modi has the courage, he should hold a referendum on the citizenship law under the supervision of the United Nations.”
India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru is widely criticised till today for his decision to take the invasion of Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistanis to the UN, which imposed a status quo in the Valley, due to which the Indian Army that had begun recovering lost ground could not proceed further to get back the annexed territories that now make Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
Other chief ministers
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said on Friday, “I assure the people of Assam that no rights will be violated on the basis of language and culture. I invite those opposing the new law to negotiate.”
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said, “Those who are engaged in provoking Muslims today, what did they do when they got the chance to rule? I guarantee that minorities will not be ignored in Bihar.”
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said, “The new law does not violate the rights of any Indian citizen. Ignore the rumours.”