Historian Ramachandra Guha, activist Yogendra Yadav, politicians D Raja, Sitaram Yechury, among others were detained on Thursday during the protests against Citizenship Amendment Act. Several cities in the country are witnessing massive protests after the center cleared the Citizenship Amendment Bill.
Here are the updates:
As many as 20 metro stations in Delhi have been closed amidst the raging protest. Following are the metro stations which have been shut:
Delhi Gate, Janpath, Central Secretariat, Patel Chowk, Lok Kalyan Marg, Udyog Bhawan, ITO, Pragati Maidan, Khan Market, Jamia Millia Islamia, Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh and Munirka, Lal Quila, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Vishwavidyalaya, Vasant Vihar, Barakhamba road and Mandi House.
Protestors organized prayer outside Jamia Milia University. People were seen forming human chains around those who were praying to protect them.
#WATCH Delhi: Students and other people of Muslim community offered Namaz outside the gates of Jamia Millia Islamia university. Members of other faiths formed a human chain around them. pic.twitter.com/FEPZOqI1MX
— ANI (@ANI) December 19, 2019
Protesters have resorted to relay protests as a new way of agitation where sec. 144 has been imposed.
In Bangalore, students of IIM-B have been taking turns to protest in groups of four.
“At any given time, only three of us are going to be outside the main gate. We will be within the bounds of Section 144 and yet register our protest against the divisive CAA-NRC, the police brutality against Jamia and AMU students, and the arbitrary imposition of “144” and arrests across the country,” a statement said.
After the arrest of major leaders and activists including Sitaram Yechury, D. Raja, Yogendra Yadav, Umar Khalid, Nadeem Khan among others, people continue to march around the premises of Lal Qila and Jantar Mantar despite the imposition of Sec.144. The government has asked for the suspension of cellular services in many areas.
Activist Prashant Bhushan and Harsh Mander who were arrested earlier today were brought to the Model Town police station. Both of them continue to protest in front of the station.
Brought to Model town police station. When faced with unjust laws & an inhuman govt, non-cooperation, satyagraha & peaceful protest is our duty pic.twitter.com/4EMEPdnEcy
— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) December 19, 2019
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday said that his country has a consistent stance in its response towards the treatment of minorities worldwide and would respond in a similar fashion for India. Pompeo was responding to a question raised by a reporter regarding the Citizenship Amendment Act.
“We care deeply and always will about protecting minorities, protecting religious rights everywhere,” Pompeo said. “We honor Indian democracy as they have a robust debate inside of India on the issue that you raised [amendments to the Citizenship Act], and the United States will be consistent in the way that we respond to these issues, not only in India but all across the world,” Pompeo said.
Of the many protesters detained on Thursday amid the protests against the amendments to the citizenship amendment act in Bengaluru was renowned historian Ramachandra Guha. Guha responded that the detention was “absolutely undemocratic” as he was arrested while speaking about the constitution, holding a poster of Gandhi.
More than a hundred students of the University of Hyderabad were detained ahead of a protest against CAA-NRC on Thursday. The students were on their way to participate in the protest call given by Left parties. The bus in which the students were traveling to the Exhibition ground in Nampally was stopped mid-way by Telangana police.