Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that the government has no right to impose Section 144 and to prevent peaceful protests in the country.
20 police personnel and two civilians were injured during the protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act which took place in Karnataka's Mangaluru today.
Mangaluru city police Commissioner PS Harsha: 20 police personnel are injured, two civilians are in ICU.— ANI (@ANI) December 19, 2019
Protest against #CitizenshipAmendmentAct had taken place in Karnataka's Mangaluru today. pic.twitter.com/G6e1BkXuRZ
A young protestor holds a placard that reads, "We Indians standing against NRC and reject Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019." as he arrives at August Kranti Maidan in Mumbai.
Young protesters hold placards in their hands as they protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act at August Kranti Maidan in Mumbai.
Picture/Twitter Atul Kamble
'People are raising their voices'
Actor Farhan Akhtar at August Kranti Maidan: To raise your voice against something is democratic right, people are raising their voices & I'm of the view that there seems to be a certain amount of discrimination in what is happening, reports ANI.
Government Sources release a fact sheet on frequently asked questions on the Citizenship Amendment Act.
Protest against Citizen Amendment Act (CAA) at August Kranti Maidan in Mumbai. Picture/Atul Kamble
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath: I have called a meeting over this. You cant indulge in violence in name of protest. We will take strict action against such elements. Will seize the property of those found guilty and compensate damage to public property, reports ANI.
More than 20 thousand people have gathered at the August Kranti Maidan in Mumbai to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act, reports Mid-day reporter Faizan Khan.
Delhi Police PRO, MS Randhawa: Police is closely monitoring social media, please share with us if you receive any rumours. We are identifying those who are trying to spread rumours and will take legal action against them, reports ANI.
Delhi Police PRO, MS Randhawa: Section-144 is imposed in North East district, Red Fort, and some parts of New Delhi. There are rumours that it is imposed throughout Delhi, it is false. Section-144 is imposed in only some small parts of the city. #CitizenshipAmendmentAct pic.twitter.com/0Vy7YzhgNR— ANI (@ANI) December 19, 2019
Around 20 motorcycles, 10 cars, 3 buses, and 4 media OB vans have been set ablaze in the area around Parivartan Chowk during protests against Citizenship Amendment Act today, reports ANI.
Bollywood actress and social activist Shabana Azmi took to Twitter and urged people to come in large numbers to protest at August Kranti Maidan over CAA, NRC.
Here's what she had to say:
Union Ministry of Home Affairs to hold a review meeting later today over the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act in different parts of the country reports ANI.
Protesters hold a march against CAA and NRC at August Kranti Maidan in Mumbai.
People have started to arrive in large numbers to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act at #AugustKrantiMaidan in #Mumbai— mid-day (@mid_day) December 19, 2019
For LIVE updates: https://t.co/mWRWKZmkC6#CitizenshipAmmendmentAct #Section144 #MumbaikarsAgainstCAB #Sec144 #CAA_NRC pic.twitter.com/9X0ywWjOok
MoS Home G Kishan Reddy: Instigating people in the name of religion is not what political parties should do. Political efforts should be made to maintain peace. If you want to protest, please don't create violence and rumours, reports ANI.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, "Suddenly after 73 years of independence we have to prove that we are Indian citizens. Where was BJP's head and tail at that time, BJP is dividing the country. Don't stop your protest because we have to get CAA revoked," reports ANI.
Supporters of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protest at CST in Mumbai.
Picture/Twitter Ashish Raje
Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, Jyotiraditya Scindia, RPN Singh, and Deepender Singh Hooda arrive at Sonia Gandhi's residence for party's core group meeting over the 'unrest across the country', reports ANI.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC): All entry and exit gates of Chandni Chowk, Barakhamba, Mandi House, Pragati Maidan, Lal Quila, Jama Masjid, Delhi Gate, ITO, Janpath, Khan Market, Vasant Vihar, and Munirka are open, reports ANI.
Violence broke out during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act in Uttar Pradesh's Hazratganj and Husainabad.
SSP Lucknow, in Husainabad: Situation is under control now. Mob had turned violent but force didn't lose their patience. Mob has been dispersed forcefully so that there is no loss of life or property. The force is now being moved to other location. 40-50 arrested across the dist. pic.twitter.com/ulLZuFFBqg— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) December 19, 2019
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation: All entry and exit gates of Rajiv Chowk are open, reports ANI.
People have started to arrive in large numbers to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act at August Kranti Maidan in Mumbai, reports ANI.
Mobile internet services to remain suspended in Assam, till 9 am tomorrow, reports ANI.
Meanwhile, Air India said that in view of the current heavy traffic congestion along the Gurugram-Delhi highway, resulting in inconvenience to passengers, reissue/no-show/cancellation and refund charges for all domestic and international tickets for travel from Delhi on December 19 shall be waived.
In Lucknow, police resorted to lathi charge to disperse the protesters demonstrating against Citizenship Amendment Act in Hazratganj area. Protests also turned violent, as protesters pelted stones. A media OB van was also ablaze, ANI reported.
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) December 19, 2019
Protesters in Maharashtra take to the streets of Nagpur against the Citizenship Amendment Act, reports ANI.
All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) administration has issued a memorandum to its staff, faculty, resident doctors, nurses, and students to refrain from holding any dharna/protest/strike at, in or around AIIMS, reports ANI.
In Delhi, 16 flights have been delayed due to traffic jam at NH-8. IndiGo has canceled 19 flights, after its crew members got stuck in a traffic jam in the city and, also due to other issues, reports ANI.
In order to ensure a smooth flow of traffic, Mumbai police said that there will be no entry from Nana Chowk Junction to Kemps Corner Signals and has offered some alternate routes to take instead. Mumbai Police also added that there would be no parking at August Kranti Road, Sleater Road up to Grant Road Railway station, Forjett street and surrounding areas of August Kranti Park. Read the full story here.
Protesters in large numbers have arrived at the August Kranti Maidan to take part in the protests against the CAA and National Register of Citizens (NRC).
People arrive in large numbers at #AugustKrantiMaidan ahead of #CAAprotest— mid-day (@mid_day) December 19, 2019
For LIVE updates: https://t.co/mWRWKZmkC6#CitizenshipAmmendmentAct #Section144 #MumbaikarsAgainstCAB #Sec144 #CAA_NRC
Via. @journofaizan pic.twitter.com/vsAb2U6Ffv
Founder Chairman of Bharti Airtel, Sunil Bharti Mittal said, "We are bound by the order of the government. We are following their order," reports ANI.
Vehicles have been set ablaze in Hasanganj, Uttar Pradesh during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act, reports ANI.
'Govt grants Indian Citizenship to Pakistani woman'
Amidst the protest all across the country against the Citizenship Amendment Act, a Pakistani woman granted Indian citizenship by the Indian Government. She was granted citizenship on December 18. She was awarded the Certificate of Indian Citizenship by the Collector of Dwarka, Dr. Narendra Kumar Meena reports ANI.
Hasina Ben was born & brought up in Bhanvad Taluka of Gujarat. She married a Pakistani Citizen in 1999 & became a Citizen of Pakistan. After death of her husband she returned India and applied for Indian Citizenship. So After consideration GOI has approved in Application. https://t.co/vypKFjhFUD— Collector Dwarka (@COLLECTORDWK) December 19, 2019
See Photos: Police personnel offer refreshments at Surajmal stadium to protesters who were detained reports ANI.
Here's an aerial view of the massive traffic jam at Delhi-Gurugram border, earlier today, reports ANI.
Massive traffic jam at Delhi-Gurugram border, earlier today pic.twitter.com/3nGWkvhFYW— ANI (@ANI) December 19, 2019
In Gujarat, the police baton-charged some people who gathered in the Sardar Baug area to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register of Citizens. A police official said they dispersed the protesters to maintain law and order as those who had gathered were not given permission to hold the protest, reports ANI.
Watch the video:
#WATCH Gujarat: Police resort to lathi-charge during protest called by different Left parties, over #CitizenshipAmendmentAct, in Ahmedabad. The protesters were allegedly blocking police vehicle when the the police resorted to lathi charge to disperse them. pic.twitter.com/tTIWJXsf8T— ANI (@ANI) December 19, 2019
Amidst the protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act across the country, Prime Minister of Portugal, Antonio Costa meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House. Portugal PM is on a two-day visit to India, reports ANI.
In Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh a State Transport bus was set ablaze during the protest against Citizenship Amendment Act, reports ANI.
In Karnataka, Congress MLA Rizwan Arshad has been detained by Police, reports ANI.
Security has been tightened ahead of demonstrations against the Citizenship Act at August Kranti Maidan, Mumbai today reports news agency ANI.
Film-maker Aparna Sen takes part in a protest against the Citizenship Act and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), reports news agency ANI. While speaking to ANI, she said, "Ours is a sub-continent that has many languages, cultures, ethnicities, it is held together by a tenuous thread that is secularism. If that thread breaks, then, the country breaks up."
Earlier in the day, the Karnataka police have issued Section 144 in the Dakshina Kannada district. Sindu B Roopesh, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Dakshina Kannada, issued the order to impose Section 144 in the district. Following the imposition, a 'bandh' has been called by a consortium of Left-wing and Muslim organisations in Karnataka today, reports news agency ANI
Entry and exit gates of Patel Chowk, Lok Kalyan Marg, Udyog Bhawan, ITO, Pragati Maidan, and Khan Market are closed. Trains will not be halting at these stations, reports news agency ANI
I sincerely urge & appeal to all the political parties, leaders & people, to maintain calm on the issue of the Citizenship Act. CAA is no threat to people of this country, it's only an Act applied to people from other countries who seek Indian citizenship, says Karnataka CM, BS Yediyurappa while speaking tp news agency ANI
In Hyderabad, too, police detained protestors. Avinash Mohanty, DCP South Hyderabad said, "Permission has not been granted to any organisation to hold any rally, procession or open outdoor protest in favour or against #CitizenshipAmendmentAct, in the entire South Zone. Around 50 people have been taken into custody."
Earlier today, Police detained protesters near Red Fort, where they imposed Section 144. Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (prohibits assembly of more than 4 people in an area) has been imposed near Red Fort.
Former JNU student and activist Umar Khalid was also detained by the police. "Picked up by Delhi Police from Red Fort. We had gathered to protest against the divisive CAB-NRC on Ashfaq & Bismil's martyrdom day. I appeal to all peacefully keep protesting till unconstitutional CAB-NRC is rolled back. This is something we owe to Ashfaq & Bismil's sacrifice," Khalid tweeted.
Picked up by Delhi Police from Red Fort. We had gathered to protest against the divisive CAB-NRC on Ashfaq & Bismil's martyrdom day. I appeal to all peacefully keep protesting till unconstitutional CAB-NRC is rolled back. This is something we owe to Ashfaq & Bismil's sacrifice.
— Umar Khalid (@UmarKhalidJNU) December 19, 2019
Several protesters including Ramchandra Guha were detained for taking part in anti-citizenship law stir defying prohibitory orders, while rail and roads services were hit in Bihar during a bandh called by left parties. CrPC section 144 was imposed by Delhi Police in Red Fort area, but that did not deter scores of students and activists from converging there to raise their voice against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. Meanwhile, entry and exit gates of Mandi House metro station were closed.
Telecom operators on Thursday suspended internet, voice and messaging services in parts of Delhi-NCR following instructions from the police in the wake of protests against anti-Citizenship Amendment Act. Telecom service providers including Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Reliance Jio barred the services to comply with the order. "In view of the prevailing law and order situation, it is hereby directed that communication of all types i.e. voice, SMS and internet, be halted from 0900 hours to 1300 hours in Cell IDs/BTS (base transceiver stations) covering the following areas for 19-12-2019," said the order issued by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Special Cell, New Delhi.
Bharti Airtel: We're complying with instructions received from govt. authorities on suspending Voice, SMS and data in certain areas in #Delhi. Once the suspension orders are lifted, our services will be fully up and running. pic.twitter.com/PkE5FdMEA3— ANI (@ANI) December 19, 2019