Six killed in Uttar Pradesh as police clash with anti-CAA protesters, death toll rises to nine across India

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At least six people have been killed in Uttar Pradesh as police clashed with anti-Citizenship Act protesters. The death toll has now risen to nine as three people were killed in police firing in Uttar Pradesh and Mangaluru on Thursday. Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to streets across India on Friday for the second day against the amended Citizenship Act. The protest outside Delhi’s Jama Masjid turned dramatic after Bhim Army chief Chandra Shekhar Azad managed to give police a miss. Azad, who was detained by police slipped out of cops’ captivity.

Bhim Army

Aside from Jama Masjid, Delhi’s Seelampur and Jamia Nagar areas too saw thousands of protesters peacefully stage protests. However, in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, law and order worsened as police personnel clashed with protesters. Police personnel were seen clashing with protesters in at least 12 districts of Uttar Pradesh. The affected districts included Gorakhpur, Saharanpur, Bulandshahr, Ferozabad, Kanpur, Bhadohi and Ghaziabad among others.

Uttar Pradesh’s capital Lucknow had seen violent clashes between protesters and police personnel. One protester was reported to have died after allegedly sustaining bullet injuries in police firing.

Two protesters had allegedly succumbed to bullet injuries in Karnataka’s Mangaluru after police opened fire at the protesters.

Protesters are expressing their dissent over the Citizenship Act, which provides automatic citizenship to every single illegal infiltrator living in India. Home Minister Amit Shah has indicated on several occasions that his government will roll out the NRC immediately after the CAA is implemented.

Under the NRC, while Muslims will have to prove their Indian citizenship, this wouldn’t be applicable to non-Muslims since they can be declared Indian citizens by invoking the amended Citizenship Act.

Here are the live updates:

  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on WB CM Mamata Banerjee’s referendum remark on #CitizenshipAct: I totally condemn her statement. And it is irresponsible of a chief minister to talk like that. (ANI)
  • FM Nirmala Sitharaman on WB CM Mamata Banerjee’s referendum remark on #CitizenshipAct: We never wanted a 3rd party or international fora’s interference in our affairs. On a completely domestic matter she has chosen to ask for UN. Does she have no faith in institutions of India? (ANI)
  • Mountaineers from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, China will have to take prior permission for climbing “open peaks” in India; will have to follow specific routes as prescribed by Indian Mountaineering Foundation: Ministry of Home Affairs. (PTI)
  • Delhi Traffic Police: Traffic movement is closed from Mandi House to ITO due to demonstration. Kindly avoid the stretch. (ANI)
  • DMRC: Following stations are currently closed:Central Secretariat, Chawri Bazar, Chandni Chowk, Rajiv Chowk, Delhi Gate, Lal Quila, Jama Masjid, Khan Market, Janpath, Pragati Maidan, Mandi House, Jamia Millia Islamia, Jaffrabad, Maujpur-Babarpur, Shiv Vihar, Johri Enclave. (ANI)
  • Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi: In a democracy people have right to raise their voice against policies of govt&register their concerns. BJP govt has shown utter disregard for people’s voices&chosen to use brute force to suppress dissent. (ANI)

  • Protesters set car on fire, police use water canon in Delhi’s Daryaganj area.
  • State governments have no powers to reject implementation of #CitizenshipAmendmentAct as legislation was enacted under Union List of Constitution’s 7th Schedule, and National Population Register which is to be carried out next year: Home Ministry official (PTI)
  • VP Surya, DCP Northeast zone, Delhi: Protesters in large numbers had gathered in areas around Seelampur flyover and Loha Pul today evening. Protest was peaceful,& the current situation is under control. Section 144 is imposed in the area; Visuals of protest from Jafrabad in Delhi. (ANI)
  • Scores of people gather at Central Park in Delhi’s Connaught Place, raise slogans in favour of #CitizenshipAmendmentAct. (PTI)
  • Protests against amended citizenship law, NRC make it clear that Union government has “failed” to dispel confusion among a significant section of society: BJP ally Lok Janshakti Party. (PTI)
  • Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray in Nagpur: I appeal to people of Maharashtra to maintain peace and calm. Maharashtra government will ensure that no one’s rights are snatched away. (ANI)

  • Delhi: Additional DCP Rohit Rajbir Singh received injuries in the stone pelting which took place during protest against #CitizenshipAmendmentAct, near Seemapuri. (ANI)

  • Protest against #CitizenshipAct underway in Muzaffarnagar ; Section 144 (prohibits assembly of more than 4 people in an area) is imposed in the state. (ANI)
  • Bulandshahr: Vehicle torched during demonstration against #CitizenshipAmendmentAct; heavy police presence at the spot (ANI)

  • Drones deployed by the police to monitor security situation in Lucknow.District Magistrate says,’Situation is in control now.Internet services suspended; Cases have been registered after y’day’s incident(violence during protest against #CitizenshipAmendmentAct in Hazratganj).’ (ANI)
  • DMRC: Of the 285 stations, Chawri Bazar,Lal Quila,Jama Masjid & Delhi Gate on violet line, Jaffrabad & Maujpur-Babarpur on pink line & Jamia Millia Islamia on magenta line are closed as per instructions of security agencies. Rest of the metro network is operating as per schedule. (ANI)
  • Karnataka: Bodies of the two people, who died in the violence during protests against #CitizenshipAmendmentAct in Mangaluru yesterday, have been handed over to their families. (ANI)
  • Mangaluru South Police: 6 or 7 Kerala journalists were detained today in the morning. All of them were released half an hour ago (ANI)

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