Large parts of India rocked by protests against Citizenship law and NRC
New Delhi: While there was a major incident of violence and arson and a huge mass of people rallied in the Union Capital with the tricolour and raised the “Save Constitution’ slogan to lodge their protest against the citizenship law and the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC), many other parts of the country were rocked by violent clashes on Friday.
In Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, Kanpur, Allahabad, Azamgarh, Aligarh, Ghaziabad, Bareilly, Shahjahanpur, Bulandshahr and Sambhal districts were affected the most. There are reports that 6 persons have been killed in clashes across UP.
In Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, prohibitory orders were imposed and internet services were stopped for several hours on Friday. Curfew was also imposed in Gohalpur and Hanumantal police station areas of Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh.
BJP Government is brutally suppressing anti CAA protests. – Congress President Sonia Gandhi
This government has no right to shut down colleges, telephones & the Internet, to halt metro trains and to impose #Section144 to suppress India’s voice & prevent peaceful protests. – Rahul Gandhi, Senior Congress leader
During protests on Thursday, there were three deaths – two in Mangaluru and one in Lucknow.
Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar has made it clear that the National Register for Citizens will not be implemented in his state. Along wioth JD(U), another BJP ally Lok Janshakti Party’s president Chirag Paswan has also fired a salvo at the Centre by stating that the central government has “failed” to remove the confusion among the people regarding the Citizens’ law and NRC.
A number of Chief ministers, including chief minister of Madhya Pradesh Kamal Nath, Chattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel, West Bengal Mamata Banerjee, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh and Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan have said that the CAA is “unconstitutional” and would not be implemented in their respective states.