Today, Delhi saw another wave of violence as a peaceful protest against the CAA got out of hand when protesters started throwing stones and pieces of bricks at police personnel in Seelampur-Jaffrabad, NorthEast Delhi.
This is the latest addition to the list of protest against the widespread displeasure with the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019, a law passed in both houses of the Parliament which states that immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan belonging to Hindi, Sikh, Parsi, Christian, Buddhists, and Jains minority group will be given citizenship of India, which critics say is anti-Muslim.
The Police in Seelampur were outnumbered, and were seen running away from the protestors
Police had to use teargas which made the streets covered in haze and made it difficult to breathe.
One Twitter user who goes by the name of Darab Farooqui asked the correct question “Why the protests in Delhi turning violent? There have been hundreds of protests all over India but no violence there?”
Tear Gas Shelling, Lathi change on Protest in #Seelampur, Delhi.
Why the protests in Delhi turning violent?
There have been hundreds of protests all over India but no violence there?
Something is Fishy. #IndiansAgainstCAB #MumbaiAgainstCAB pic.twitter.com/hzbKkPTfPK— Darab Farooqui (@darab_farooqui) December 17, 2019
On Sunday and Monday tension grew in the capital of the country when buses and police vehicles were set on fire during outbreak near the Jamia Millia Islamia University. Protests from universities across India came to surface when the police went inside the university campus in the evening. The students denied of being involved in the acts of damaging public properties.
Yesterday Senior Lawyer Indira Jaising requested the Honourable Chief Justice of India (CJI) S A Bobde to take “Sou Motu Cognizance” of the police actions against the university students.
Read the Article Here: Jamia Millia, Aligarh Muslim University Matter to be Heard by The Supreme Court
Today after the hearing Supreme Court said that as the matter and dispute has affected a large area of the country, establishing one single committee cannot do justice to it. The apex court has asked the petitioners to approach the High Courts of the affected areas, where the incidents took place saying “we are confident that appropriate inquiries will be made”.
Both Senior advocates Indira Jaising and Colin Gonsalves requested the Supreme Court to appoint retired Supreme Court Judges to head the inquiries to which Supreme Court said the High Court may appoint former Judges of the Honourable Supreme Court of India to lead the inquiry after hearing the state governments and the Union of India.
Coming back to Seelampur protest, according to the Delhi Police, the protest was scheduled for 2 pm today at Jaffrabad and the people started gathering at around 1:15 PM and started marching towards Seelampur. Initially the protest was peaceful however violence broke out as the protestors were dispersing.
Many wall in Seelampur and Jaffrabad area were graffiti’ed with “We Reject CAB”.
Azib Aman, a local resident told a leading news agency “It started as a peaceful protest against the citizenship bill” however “got out of hand”.
As many as 7 metro stations were forced closed due to this.
Seelampur metro station on Red Line and Welcome, Jaffrabad, Shiv Vihar, Johri Enclave, Maujpur-Babarpur, Welcome and even Gokulpuri on the Pink Line were closed.
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