Several protesters hit the roads in many parts of the country — defying prohibitory orders in some States — against the proposed nationwide NRC and the recently passed amended citizenship law.
Historian Ramchandra Guha, activists Yogendra Yadav and Harsh Mander, was among several people detained.
On the eve of protests planned by various organizations against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act on December 19, Section 144 of the Cr. PC has been imposed across Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.
No untoward incident reported during anti-CAA protests in Delhi: Police
No untoward incident was reported during the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests in the national capital on Thursday, the Delhi Police said.
Besides police personnel, 52 companies of other forces, including the Rapid Action Force (RAF), were deployed to maintain law and order, Delhi Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said.
He said social media and Whatsapp groups are being closely monitored to check rumor-mongering
Two succumb to injuries at Mangaluru hospital
Two persons reportedly died of bullet injuries in hospitals late by evening. They were injured when police opened fire against miscreants who were attempting to set Mangaluru North (Bunder) Police Station in the afternoon.
On the other hand, all schools and colleges in Mangaluru City will remain closed on Friday. Deputy Commissioner Sindhu B Rupesh issued an order to this effect.
Thousands of protesters took to the streets at Mumbai against the Citizenship Act on Thursday, converging at the August Kranti Maidan, where Mahatma Gandhi in 1942 told the British to quit India.
The gathering included workers of political parties, students and a smattering of Bollywood personalities, who made out a strong case against the Act and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Police injured in stone-pelting in Ahmedabad
Around 10 policemen were injured in stone-pelting on police vehicles during protests against CAA in Ahmedabad’s Shah Alam area.
“Two policemen received injuries when the crowd pelted stone on police vehicles. Now the situation under control,” says Ahmedabad Police Commissioner Ashish Bhatia.
Left Front takes out a rally to protest against CAA and NRC
Joining the countrywide protests by opposition parties against the amended Citizenship Act and the contentious NRC, the West Bengal unit of Left Front took out a rally in the city on Thursday.
Senior state CPI(M) leaders Surjyakanta Mishra, Left Front chairman Biman Bose, CPI leader Swapan Bandyopadhyay, RSP leader Manoj Chakraborty were among those who were at the forefront of the rally which covered a distance of over two km from Ramlila Maidan to Park Circus.
“Down down with NRC, CAA,” “No discrimination to any community”, “India will remain secular”, “Defeat the ploy to break India’s federal structure’ – were some of the slogans on banners seen at the rally in which thousands of Left Front supporters and members of different left organizations took part.
Mr. Mishra told reporters at the start of the rally, “This is the time to foil BJP’s dangerous game plan to divide the country. The Left will do everything to protect the country’s integrity and secularism.”
Curfew in Mangaluru till December 20
Curfew announced in the Central Sub Division of Mangaluru, in five Police Station limits till midnight on December 20, 2019.
There was a traffic jam in several parts of the central business district area in the city after police diverted city buses and other traffic from approaching the State Bank of India bus terminus near the office of the Deputy Commissioner where protesters opposing the CAA took to pelting stones at police.
Police diverted traffic from Kasaragod, Bengaluru, and Dharmasthala on the National Highway 66 at Pumpwell Circle which is the main entry point to the city.
Hence many city buses cut short their trip midway without reaching the starting and endpoint of the travel that is State Bank of India bus terminus.
Caught unaware of the stone-pelting incidents and other developments in the Bunder area behind the office of Deputy Commissioner, several people including the school children and college students were seen waiting at many bus stops near the Bunts Hostel Circle, Kankanady, Valencia, Mallikatta, Ambedkar Circle in large numbers.
The ongoing road development works in some places added chaos to the traffic.