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CAA protests: Mumbaikars and Bollywood celebrities turn up in large numbers at August Kranti Maidan

19 December, 2019 22:30 IST | mid-day online correspondent Check for updates

Thousands of protesters including workers of political parties, students and a smattering of Bollywood personalities across several states took to the streets to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC)

  • 19 December, 2019 20:58 IST

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that the government has no right to impose Section 144 and to prevent peaceful protests in the country.

  • 19 December, 2019 20:32 IST

    20 police personnel and two civilians were injured during the protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act which took place in Karnataka's Mangaluru today.

  • 19 December, 2019 19:02 IST

    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.

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  • 19 December, 2019 19:00 IST

    Young protesters hold placards in their hands as they protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act at August Kranti Maidan in Mumbai.

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  • 19 December, 2019 18:55 IST

    '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.

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  • 19 December, 2019 18:53 IST

    Government Sources release a fact sheet on frequently asked questions on the Citizenship Amendment Act.

  • 19 December, 2019 18:45 IST

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    Protest against Citizen Amendment Act (CAA) at August Kranti Maidan in Mumbai. Picture/Atul Kamble

  • 19 December, 2019 18:15 IST

    'You cant indulge in violence in name of protest'

    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.

  • 19 December, 2019 18:06 IST

    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.

  • 19 December, 2019 18:00 IST

    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.

  • 19 December, 2019 17:46 IST

    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.

  • 19 December, 2019 17:35 IST

    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:

  • 19 December, 2019 17:34 IST

    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.

  • 19 December, 2019 17:30 IST

    Protesters hold a march against CAA and NRC at August Kranti Maidan in Mumbai.

  • 19 December, 2019 17:27 IST

    'Political efforts should be made to maintain peace'

    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.

  • 19 December, 2019 17:25 IST

    'BJP is dividing the country'

    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.

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  • 19 December, 2019 17:21 IST

    Supporters of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protest at CST in Mumbai.

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    Picture/Twitter Ashish Raje

  • 19 December, 2019 17:15 IST

    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.

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  • 19 December, 2019 17:13 IST

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    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.

  • 19 December, 2019 16:41 IST

    Violence broke out during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act in Uttar Pradesh's Hazratganj and Husainabad.

  • 19 December, 2019 16:40 IST

    Delhi Metro Rail Corporation: All entry and exit gates of Rajiv Chowk are open, reports ANI.

  • 19 December, 2019 16:34 IST

    People have started to arrive in large numbers to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act at August Kranti Maidan in Mumbai, reports ANI.

  • 19 December, 2019 16:33 IST

    Just In:

    Mobile internet services to remain suspended in Assam, till 9 am tomorrow, reports ANI.

  • 19 December, 2019 16:09 IST

    Air India waives refund, cancellation charges

    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.

  • 19 December, 2019 16:05 IST

    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.

  • 19 December, 2019 15:57 IST

    Protesters in Maharashtra take to the streets of Nagpur against the Citizenship Amendment Act, reports ANI.

  • 19 December, 2019 15:51 IST

    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.

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  • 19 December, 2019 15:43 IST

    '16 flights have been delayed due to traffic jam'

    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.

  • 19 December, 2019 15:42 IST

    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.

  • 19 December, 2019 15:39 IST

    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).

  • 19 December, 2019 15:17 IST

    'We are following their order'

    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.

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  • 19 December, 2019 15:09 IST

    Vehicles have been set ablaze in Hasanganj, Uttar Pradesh during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act, reports ANI.

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  • 19 December, 2019 15:02 IST

    '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.

  • 19 December, 2019 15:00 IST

    See Photos: Police personnel offer refreshments at Surajmal stadium to protesters who were detained reports ANI.

  • 19 December, 2019 14:58 IST

    Here's an aerial view of the massive traffic jam at Delhi-Gurugram border, earlier today, reports ANI.

  • 19 December, 2019 14:55 IST

    'Police resort to lathi-charge in Gujarat'

    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.

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  • 19 December, 2019 14:36 IST

    'PM Modi meets PM Antonio Costa of Portugal'

    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.

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  • 19 December, 2019 14:31 IST

    'Bus set ablaze in Uttar Pradesh'

    In Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh a State Transport bus was set ablaze during the protest against Citizenship Amendment Act, reports ANI.

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  • 19 December, 2019 14:29 IST

    In Karnataka, Congress MLA Rizwan Arshad has been detained by Police, reports ANI.

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  • 19 December, 2019 14:25 IST

    'Security tightened in Mumbai'

    Security has been tightened ahead of demonstrations against the Citizenship Act at August Kranti Maidan, Mumbai today reports news agency ANI.

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  • 19 December, 2019 14:21 IST

    'Aparna Sen takes part in a protest against CAA'

    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."

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  • 19 December, 2019 14:17 IST

    'Section 144 Imposed In Dakshina Kannada'

    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

  • 19 December, 2019 14:14 IST

    Just In:

    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

  • 19 December, 2019 14:12 IST

    'CAA is no threat to people of this country'

    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

  • 19 December, 2019 14:04 IST

    'No permission for any rally'

    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."

  • 19 December, 2019 13:58 IST

    Section 144 imposed near Red Fort

    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.

  • 19 December, 2019 13:54 IST

    Delhi Police detains Umar Khalid

    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.

  • 19 December, 2019 13:50 IST

    Historian Ramchandra Guha detained mid-interview

    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. 

  • 19 December, 2019 13:36 IST

    Telecom operators suspend internet

    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.

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