(At least) vehicles, including cars and motorcycles, were torched by the mob on Thursday. (Express photo: Vishal Srivastav)Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) Today Live News Updates:At least five persons died in the ongoing protests against the amended Citizenship Act across Uttar Pradesh, said the state administration on Friday, while over 50 police personnel were left injured. A wave of fresh violent protests took over districts of UP including – Bulandshahr, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Gorakhpur, Bahraich, Varanasi, Sambhal, Firozabad. A day after state’s capital Lucknow witnessed frenzied protests, which claimed a life, special forces including – CRPF, ATS, RAF – were deployed in the most affected areas.
Meanwhile, stone-pelting, incident of Arson marred the streets of Daryaganj area in the country’s capital. The Delhi Police resorted to the use of water cannons to disperse the massive crowd gathered at the old quarters of the city.
Despiteno permission, Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad led a massive protest at Delhi’s Jama Masjid after Friday prayers. While he was detained by the cops, he managed to escape and return to the mosque late evening and resumed the protest.
Mobile internet services, however, continued to remain suspended in parts of Uttar Pradesh and Dakshina Kannada in Karnataka. Besides the internet, mobile operators suspended SMS in Sambhal, Aligarh, Mau, Ghaziabad and Azamgarh districts, even asSectionof the CrPC, which bans assembly of four or more people, was already in force in the entire state for several days.
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College students, political and social activists, senior citizens protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill) in Mumbai’s August Kranti Maidan on Thursday. (Express photo)
In Delhi on Thursday, senior Opposition leaders and hundreds of students and activists weredetained by policeas they marched from Red Fort in the old city area. Among those detained included Left leaders Sitaram Yechury, D Raja, Brinda Karat, Congress’s Ajay Maken and Sandeep Dikshit and participants like Yogendra Yadav. Students leaders like Umar Khalid too were among those detained near Mandi House in the heart of the capital.
In Bengaluru, historian and author Ramchandra Guha was detained, his stand-off with the police and detention captured on video that spread across social media as a powerful frame of civil society speaking up and calling out the new law.
A large number of protesters gathered at the Jantar Mantar as well. While protests remained largely peaceful in Delhi, where there were violent demonstrations and police action in Jamia Millia Islamia just a few days ago, clashes broke out in Lucknow and there were reports of arson.
Protesters pelted stones at the police and set on fire a police post. A passenger bus was set on fire in the Sambhal area.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee dared the Government to conduct a UN-monitored referendum on the Citizenship Act and the proposed nationwide NRC. “Just because BJP has got the majority doesn’t mean they can do whatever they want. If the BJP has guts, it should go for a United Nations-monitored referendum on the issue of Citizenship Amendment Act and the NRC… If the BJP loses this mass vote, then it should step down from the government, ”she said.
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