Citizenship Modification Act: Delhi police in ‘capturing’ row as protests unfold

Gujarat Police officials detain a demonstrator during a protest against the Indian government's Citizenship Amendment Bill outside Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Ahmedabad on MondayPicture copyright
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Police detain a demonstrator throughout a protest in opposition to the invoice outdoors Indian Institute of Administration (IIM) in Ahmedabad on Monday


Indian police have denied capturing individuals throughout protests in Delhi – as anger at a citizenship regulation spreads throughout the nation.

At the least three individuals mentioned they had been shot, however police mentioned the injuries had been attributable to damaged tear fuel canisters.


The BBC has seen the hospital report of 1 one that thought he was shot. The report mentioned medical doctors eliminated a “overseas object” from his thigh.

The brand new regulation affords citizenship to non-Muslims from three close by international locations.

The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, mentioned it was “for individuals who have confronted years of persecution outdoors and haven’t any place to go besides India”.

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However some say the regulation is discriminatory and a part of a “Hindu nationalist” agenda to marginalise India’s 200-million Muslim minority.

Others – significantly in border states – concern being “overrun” by new arrivals from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.

What occurred in Delhi?

Throughout clashes on the Jamia Millia Islamia College on Sunday, there have been reviews of at the least three individuals being shot by police.

A hospital spokesperson mentioned two individuals had been admitted with bullet wounds, in keeping with native media – one thing denied by police.

The BBC has seen the medical report of a 3rd particular person – who mentioned he was a passer-by, not a protester – who thought he had been shot in his thigh.

The report confirmed solely “overseas object” had been eliminated below sedation. The injured man informed the BBC he noticed police shoot at him with a pistol or revolver.

Delhi police have mentioned that they had not shot anybody, both with dwell or rubber bullets.

Throughout the protests, automobiles had been set on hearth and tear fuel was fired.

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The college’s vice-chancellor Najma Akhtar mentioned that 200 individuals had been injured. However police put the quantity at 39 college students harm, with 30 officers additionally injured – certainly one of them critically.

Police mentioned they acted with “most restraint, minimal drive”.

At the least six individuals have died for the reason that protests started within the north-eastern state of Assam on Thursday.

The place else have there been protests?

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College students and activists maintain placards throughout a protest in Bangalore

The anger has unfold throughout the nation, with protests reported at greater than a dozen universities.

Lots of the scholar demonstrations had been fuelled by the perceived police brutality on Sunday.

College students in Delhi, the southern metropolis of Chennai, and Varanasi within the north protested in opposition to the federal government and in assist of their fellow college students at Jamia Millia Islamia.

Footage from the northern metropolis of Lucknow on Monday confirmed college students throwing stones at safety forces, who threw the stones again.

Officers had been additionally seen hitting college students with sticks.

In Kolkata, tens of hundreds of individuals joined an illustration led by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her ruling Trinamool Congress occasion, marching in opposition to the regulation itself.

What does the Indian authorities say?

On Monday, Mr Modi despatched 4 tweets to defend the regulation.

He mentioned it was handed by each homes of parliament with “overwhelming assist”, and that it illustrated “India’s centuries previous tradition of acceptance, concord, compassion, and brotherhood”.

“I wish to unequivocally guarantee my fellow Indians that CAA [the law] doesn’t have an effect on any citizen of India of any faith,” he added.

However Rahul Gandhi – Mr Modi’s defeated opponent within the 2019 election – mentioned each the regulation and a controversial residents’ register had been “weapons of mass polarisation unleashed by fascists”.

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The CAB & NRC are weapons of mass polarisation unleashed by fascists on India. The most effective defence in opposition to these soiled weapons is peaceable, peaceful Satyagraha. I stand in solidarity with all these protesting peacefully in opposition to the CAB & NRC.

— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) December 16, 2019

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A protester’s view

On Sunday, a bunch of ladies had been filmed in Delhi attempting to guard a male good friend from being attacked by police.

Ladeeda Farzana, one of many group, informed the BBC why she was protesting. “Everybody is aware of that the CAB is in opposition to Muslims,” she mentioned.

“It isn’t going to occur to me and people women, it’s going to occur to each Muslim on this nation,” the 22-year-old added. “Please remember, come out, be collectively and battle in opposition to this.”

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