As disagree against the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is growing still, Section 144 of CrPC has been forced in multiple states including Uttar Pradesh and parts of Delhi. On Wednesday, Section 144 was imposed in Karnataka for three days in order to disallow more protests against the amended Citizenship Act. Internet services in many parts of the country, including Assam, continue to remain suspended due to the protests. A number of peaceful anti-CAA protests are also expected on Thursday (19.12.2019).
On the other hand, the government is trying to calm down protests by telling them that the act does not, in any way, affect Indian citizens. Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court will hear various pleas related to the Jamia Milia Islamia University incident today.
❍ Some detained near Jama Masjid, situation tense near Red Fort
Some people have been detained near Delhi’s Jama Masjid while the situation conitnues to remain tense in Red Fort. A barrage of police personnel can be seen on the spot as prohibitory orders have been put in place to stop anti-CAA agitations.
❍ CAA protesters detained near Red Fort
Some protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act has been detained near the Red Fort. It is not yet clear who all have been detained but some reports indicate that some prominent faces were among the detained protesters.
❍ Section 144 in 2 areas in Delhi, one more metro station closed
Delhi Police has once against clarified that Section 144 has been imposed in two areas in the national capital. One is in the North-East district and the other one is in the area surrounding Red Fort. Meanwhile, the Central Secretariat Metro Station in Delhi has also been closed. As of now, 14 metro stations in Delhi have been closed.
DMRC has also announced that doors of 6 more Delhi Metro station have been shut. These stations are — Patel Chowk, Lok Kalyan Marg, Udyog Bhawan, ITO, Pragati Maidan and Khan Market. In total, 14 metro stations are now closed in Delhi.
❍ UP Police issue stern warning
Uttar Pradesh Police has been issued a strong warning in the wake of Section 144 across the entire state today. Police repeatedly said that there is no permission for any gathering across the state on December 19.
❍ False propaganda: Chennai police revoke permission for anti-CAA protest
Chennai city police has denied permission to civil society groups and political outfits planning a protest against the CAA on Thursday (19.12.2019). Apart from citing threat to law and order, police also rejected grounds to protest citing “false propaganda”, according to several reports. It is worth mentioning that the police had earlier given a verbal approval for this protest.
❍ Police deployed in Bengaluru’s Town Hall area
A heavy police operation has been observed in Bengaluru’s Townhall area as a number of organisations have called for anti-CAA protests in the city today. It is important to mention that Section 144, which prohibits gathering of over four people in an area, has been imposed across Karnataka for the next three days from 19.12.2019.
❍ Bihar anti-CAA protests: CPI-M workers block railway track in Darbhanga district
Protests witnessed in Bihar early on Thursday (19.12.2019) morning against National Register of Citizens (NRC) and CAA. CPI-M workers blocked a railway track leading to Laheriasarai railway station in Darbhanga district.
❍ No permission for any rally: Hyderabad Police
Like Delhi Police, Hyderabad Police has also confirmed that no permission has been given for any rally, procession or any outdoor program. “All are advised that no permission has been given by the police for any rally, procession or any outdoor programs regarding the Citizenship Amendment Act. Therefore you are requested not to believe in any messages circulating on social media or other mediums which are calling for such programs said by SHO of Charminar police station.
❍ No protest for or against CAA: Karnataka CM
Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa on CAA said: “I request Muslim friends; you’ll face no problem because of this act [CAA]. We are all here for you. Please cooperate. Let’s maintain peace. No protest for or against. Section 144 is in place. Request everyone to cooperate.”
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa has also warned Congress leaders of consequences if they continue supporting anti-CAA protests.
He said, “Congress is behind protests against CAA and because of people like UT Khader, situation is becoming like this.Taking care of Muslims is our responsibility. Request all to maintain peace. If Congress leaders continue to support protests then they’ll face consequences.”
❍ Now, Ahmedabad Police denies permission for anti-CAA protest
It seems police all over the country have denied permission for anti-CAA protests on December 19. Now, Ahmedabad Police has said that no permission has been given for rally or protest for today. The police force also requested citizens to adhere to Section 144.