Indian gov’t resolute on Citizenship Act despite violent protests

NEW DELHI, The Indian government on Tuesday insisted that it will go ahead with the implementation of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act amid intensified protests by students, opposition leaders and activists across the country.

The capital city of New Delhi and several other states including Kerala, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Assam, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh witnessed fresh protests today demanding to withdraw the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and ending police violence against the protesters.

However, Federal Home Minister Amit Shah insisted that the Narendra Modi government will go ahead with the Act.

“Come what may, the Modi government is firm that it will ensure these refugees get Indian citizenship and live as Indians with honour,” Shah was quoted as saying today at an event.

Residents, predominantly Muslims from Seelampur and Jafrabad areas in New Delhi clashed with the police in the evening injuring dozens of citizens and police personnel.

The protesters pelted stone at the police forces and damaged several buses and the police used teargas and lathi-charges against the protesters.

Students across India erupted in more protests demanding to punish the police officers who had beaten up students of Jami Milliyya Islamia during a protest march earlier and to do away the discriminatory Citizenship Act.

Meanwhile the Supreme Court of India rejected a petition seeking to form an inquiry committee to probe the atrocities against the students of Jami Milliyya Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University and told the petitioners to approach High Courts in the respective states. Fresh reports emerged saying that the police have detained ten people, none of them are students, from the premises of Jami Milliyya Islamia for their alleged involvement in the violence.

Hundreds of students and local residents gathered outside the Jamia today as they continued their protests against the act and the National Register of Citizens.

India has erupted in protest ever since the approval of Citizenship Amendment Bill by both the houses of parliament as the opponents view the bill as discriminatory against the Muslims and hence unconstitutional.

Opposition leaders, led by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, met Indian President Ram Nath Kovind demanding to withdraw the Citizenship Amendment Act and lodging their protest over police action against students.

Source: Kuwait News Agency