Citizenship Act/ Protests erupt in Delhi after Assam, West Bengal; protestors clash with police, set fire to DTC buses

New Delhi/ Guwahati/ Kolkata: Demonstrations in Delhi have become violent after Northeast and Bengal regarding the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019. Locals and students of Jamia Millia University have been on the streets since Sunday morning to protest against this law. Meanwhile, some protesters ransacked cars and buses in New Friends Colony. To control the crowd, the police had to lathi-charge and burst teargas shells.

Protesters torched a bus in New Friends Colony.

According to the information, the mob set fire to 3 buses. Those protesting have closed Mathura Road in front of the New Friends Colony. Due to this, traffic from Okhla underpass to Sarita Vihar is also closed. Four fire tenders reached the spot to extinguish the fire, but the protesters also vandalized a fire tender. A fireman has been injured in this.

The protesters also vandalized a fire tender.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi filed a petition in the Supreme Court regarding the Act. Owaisi has termed the citizenship law a violation of the constitution. Northeast states are constantly witnessing violence over the law.

‘Supreme Court should pass order on law’: Owaisi said in the petition, “The Supreme Court should pass an order declaring sections 2, 3, 5 and 6 of the citizenship bill unconstitutional. These sections violate Articles 14, 21 and 25.”

Owaisi also demanded from the Supreme Court that the Home Ministry’s notification GSR 685 (E) of 7 September 2015 and GSR 702 (E) of 18 July 2016 Be declared unconstitutional.

At the same time, Leader of Opposition in Assam Debabrata Saikia, MP Abdul Khalik and Roopjyoti Kurmi have filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the law. Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram will file a petition on behalf of former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.

Assam delegation will meet Modi-Shah: Assam Minister Chandramohan Patwari said that a delegation led by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi. In this, the situation arising in the state regarding citizenship law will be discussed.

Meanwhile, Assam DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said on Saturday that 85 people have been arrested for inciting violence. Mahanta also said that the situation in the state is under control. Strict action will be taken against those who incite violence. People should give information to the nearest police station about those who spread violence.

Demonstration in West Bengal too: Violence and arson took place in several cities in Bengal on Saturday in protest against the citizenship law. In Howrah near Kolkata, protesters blocked the highway and set fire to 16 buses. Several other vehicles and offices were vandalized. The mob stormed the Sankrail station complex and indulged in arson and vandalism. During this, RPF personnel were also assaulted. The protesters also set fire to 5 trains. Eastern Railway canceled the train service between Sealdah-Hasanabad. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has asked people to protest democratically and not take laws in hand.

On the other hand, the BJP blamed the Trinamool government for this situation and demanded President’s rule. The party says that the Bangladeshi infiltrators are behind the violent protests in Bengal and they have full support of the Mamata government.

Student organization and Trinamool move SC: The BJP is conducting awareness campaigns in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Guwahati and Lucknow between 14-18 December on the Citizenship Amendment Act. Meanwhile, the student organization All Assam Student Union, which is leading the movement, has filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the law. Samajjal Bhattacharya, the chief advisor of the organization, said that the BJP government betrayed the people of Assam. Trinamool MP Mahua Mitra has challenged the citizenship law in the Supreme Court.