The protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) first erupted during demonstrations at Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia University and then on Tuesday in Seelampur and Zafarabad of Delhi, the protests suddenly erupted. On this, Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari of Jama Masjid of Delhi said that protesting is the democratic right of the people of India, no one can stop us from doing so. However, it is important that this performance is done under control, the most important part is to keep our emotions under control.
He said there is a difference between the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC). One is the CAA which has become a law and the other is the NRC which has only been announced, it is not a law. Muslim refugees coming to India from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh under the CAA will not get Indian citizenship. It has nothing to do with Muslims living in India.
At the same time, the statement of former Finance Minister and Congress veteran P Chidambaram has come. P Chidambaram has raised questions on the Citizenship Amendment Act and said that why should those who are already citizens of Pakistan be given citizenship? Significantly, the citizenship law is continuously being demonstrated in different parts of the country. The constitutional validity of the citizenship law has also been challenged in the Supreme Court, which is to be heard today.
A total of 18 people were injured in the violence that spread on Tuesday in Jafrabad-Seelampur area of North East Delhi. The injured include 11 Delhi Police officer-employees and 7 ordinary citizens. In this case, police have registered two separate cases and have taken 5 people into custody. Delhi Police spokesperson ACP Anil Mittal told IANS late evening that at present 5 additional police forces have been deployed in the area as a precautionary measure. Additional police forces from all three districts had to be called to the spot immediately after the incident to control the situation immediately.
Mittal further said, “Two separate FIRs have been registered under sections for causing damage to government property, breaching peace, spreading riot, blocking public order, obstructing government work.” One case has been registered at Seelampur and the other case at Jaffarabad police station. “According to Delhi Police,” the incident started when some people were returning to protest in a peaceful manner. At the same time, some mischievous elements in the crowd suddenly started stampede and stone pelting in the streets. ”
Suddenly the stone-pelting started causing panic among the people coming in the streets. Situation went uncontrollable. By the time the mob of miscreants busted on the police fronts had spread all around. So, in a hurry, about 300 soldiers of 5 additional companies of Delhi Police Commissioner’s Reserve Force (CP Reserve Force) were also called on the spot. Along with this, additional police forces in the police stations and police lines of Eastern, Shahdara and North Eastern districts were also called on the spot. Till the police took over the violence, the mob had set fire to two police booths, two buses, three motorcycles. The maximum stone pelting is said to have occurred in Seelampur and Jafrabad police station area.
Significantly, protests have been taking place ever since both houses of Parliament have ratified the Citizenship Amendment Bill and the President has put it into legal practice. The fiercest protest against this law was seen on Sunday, when the police clashed with the students of Jamia and injured many people. On Tuesday, there was a clash between protesters and police in Seelampur, Delhi.