Many parts of India are burning and the rest are on the edge as protests against new Citizenship Act spread

Many parts of India are burning and the rest are on the edge as protests against new Citizenship Act spread
Credit: BCCL

  • Jamia Millia Islamia turned into a war zone after a protest against the CAA triggered violent clashes between Delhi police and students.
  • Atleast 60 students of the Aligarh Muslim University were reportedly injured after because of the a clash with the police.
  • Protests across West Bengal flared up when people vandalised three railway stations and set five trains on fire.
  • Violent protests in Assam against the Citizenship Amendment Bill left two dead, and 11 wounded with bullet wounds on December 13, 2019.

The recently passed Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) has literally lit India on fire. Not only did it trigger violent protests, it also led to large-scale clashes between police and protestors which led to deaths and arrests.

Many parts of India are burning and the rest are on the edge as protests against new Citizenship Act spread
<sup>Location: Jamia Milia Nagar. Credits: BCCL</sup>

Social media is buzzing with a barrage of photos and videos of protestors — burning tyres and buses, forcibly shutting down shops while shouting anti-CAA slogans. The latest to join the list of many institutions that are protesting is Jamia Millia Islamia university.


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In its new form, the amended act relaxes citizenship for illegal migrants belonging to minority communities — Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi, and Christian. According to the government, these minorities are being persecuted in countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Not only does the act blatantly exclude Muslims, protestors say that it also defeats the principle of secularism in India.

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​Jamia Millia Islamia — the latest war zone

​Jamia Millia Islamia — the latest war zone

Jamia Millia Islamia, one of the most prestigious public universities in India, turned into a war zone after a protest against the CAA triggered clashes between Delhi police and students.

Protestors reportedly torched DMRC buses and threw stones at the police and damaged public property. The other side claims that police entered the university without permission, assaulted students and used tear gas.

There are no confirmed deaths yet. However, hundreds of students are reportedly injured. As many as 28 Jamia students were detained. This isn’t the only horrifying protest in Delhi, as a similar scene played out in Aligarh Muslim University on the same day.

​60 Aligarh Muslim University students are known to be injured

​60 Aligarh Muslim University students are known to be injured

Credits:PTI

Aligarh Muslim University students across campuses in UP, Ahmedabad and Goa demanded immediate withdrawal of CAA — which provides Indian citizenship to non-Muslim illegal migrants.

Protests broke soon after news about clashes between police and protestors started doing the rounds on the Internet. Atleast 60 students of the Aligarh Muslim University (Aligarh campus) were reportedly injured in clashes. Internet services in the city were suspended, and the university was shut till January 5, 2020.

Students from other institutions like Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Hyderabad University also joined them. The Uttar Pradesh government imposed Section 144 after violent protests broke out across the state.

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In West Bengal, protestors reportedly vandalised public properties and blocked roads

In West Bengal, protestors reportedly vandalised public properties and blocked roads

Howrah: Police personnel patrol a street after violence broke out as angry protesters burnt vehicles during a demonstration against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019, in West Bengal's Howrah on Dec 14, 2019. Credits IANS

Protest across West Bengal flared up as three railway stations were vandalized and five trains were set on fire. People also blocked roads and streets in several areas of North 24 Pargana and Nadia in West Bengal.

Protestors also burned effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. West Bengal chief minister Mamta Banejee asserted that the law will not be imposed in the state. She carried out a rally to mark a protest against CAA on December 16.

​In Assam, people burnt tires, shut down shop to protest against CAA

​In Assam, people burnt tires, shut down shop to protest against CAA

Assam is at the heart of most protests against CAA. The state has been opposing the Act even as it was introduced as a Bill and violence that followed after left at least four protesters dead, and 11 with bullet wounds on December 13, 2019.

The North East has been against the Act which they fear will lead to an exodus of immigrants into their states. They too are seeking an unconditional withdrawal of the contentious law which they say will dilute their culture.


Protestors burnt tires on the roads, threw bricks at the police, forcibly shut down shops and markets in Assam as the bill moved to the Rajya Sabha for approval.
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