CAA: Delhi turns into war zone; WB boils, uneasy calm in Assam

CAA: Delhi turns into war zone; WB boils, uneasy calm in Assam
(L) A man seen running across the road as protestors set on fire a public bus at Mathura Road in New Delhi on Sunday. (R) Hundreds of protestors come out on the streets as police try to disperse them in West Bengal’s Rajarhat, situated in outskirts of Kolkata.
NEW DELHI/GUWAHATI, DEC 15 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 12/15/2019 12:30:21 PM IST

Violent protests erupted near Jamai Millia Islamia in Delhi and at the Aligarh Muslim University in Uttar Pradesh, while West Bengal plunged deeper into chaos on Sunday during the stir over the new citizenship law with incidents of arson and loot reported from the state and the northeast, acts which Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleged were being instigated by the “Congress and its friends”.

Suspension of internet  services across Assam was extended for 48 hours till December 16 though curfew was relaxed in Dibrugarh and Guwahati and also parts of Meghalaya following improvement in the situation. In Assam peaceful protests were held amid calls by the Asom Gana Parishad for resignation of its ministers.
The party, which is part of the BJP-led government in Assam, decided it will move the Supreme Court against the amendments made in the Citizenship Act.
Delhi: Petrol bombs targeted police personnel, ordinary citizens and the media as a raging mob that seized parts of south Delhi refused to let go. Despite a police flag march in the Jamia Nagar area, and tear gas used to disperse stone pelting protestors, five hours since demonstrators turned violent and clashed with police, anger still seethes.
At least 35 injured people were taken to a nearby hospital. Eleven of them, sources said, have been admitted.
Soon after the violence, Jamia Millia Islamia Chief Proctor Waseem Ahmed Khan claimed that Delhi Police forcibly entered the campus and beat up staff members and students who were forced to leave the campus. Police said they entered the university campus only to control the situation, after protesters indulged in violence.
The protests spilled over to central Delhi Sunday night, where hundreds of people gathered outside the old Delhi Police Headquarters to protest the force’s handling of the situation after the agitation near Jamia university on Sunday turned violent.
During the day, residents and commuters in the heart of the national capital were seen running for their lives as the raging mob of almost 1,000 people protested against the Citizenship Act. At least five buses were set ablaze or damaged, besides various cars and a bike that were targeted by the mob. Two fire officials also were injured in stone pelting by protestors.
West Bengal: Two trains were vandalised, and railway stations, track, property and RPF vehicles were set on fire as Trinamool Congress and Congress members joined the protests against the new citizenship law (CAA), obstructing train and vehicular movement, prompting the state government to shut down internet services in some parts of West Bengal on Sunday. Tyres were burnt and key national and state highways were blocked for the third day in the state by anti-CAA protesters in various districts of West Bengal.
With the violence showing no signs of abating, the state government suspended internet services in most parts of the state.
Death rise to four in Assam: In Guwahati, two more persons succumbed to gunshot wounds suffered in the police firing on Thursday, taking the toll to four. However, protesters claimed that five persons have died in police firing. Gauhati Medical College and Hospital Superintendent Ramen Talukdar told PTI, “Ishwar Nayak died last night and Abdul Alim succumbed to his injuries this morning.”
Two persons, identified as Sam Stafford and Dipanjal Das, were shot dead on Thursday. Police said 175 people have been arrested and 1,406 taken into preventive custody across Assam.
Meghalaya: Curfew was relaxed in parts of Shillong from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Banks and educational institutions remained shut with the North Eastern Hill University postponing all examinations to February 2020. 


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