Eminent personalities, students, social activists and people from different walks of life took part in a rally here to protest against the new citizenship law and NRC.
Despite prohibitory orders and section 144 imposed in several parts of the country, people were undeterred and took it to streets on Thursday in huge numbers in Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Lucknow, Bhopal, Mangalore, Gulbarga, Varanasi to oppose the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act and National registry of Citizens (NRC).
Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh, both BJP ruled states had section 144 across the state for from today to the next 3 days.
People were on streets in large numbers by 10 AM to express their dissent against the Act.
Most places, permission was granted and then withdrawn but people from all walks of life, hindu, muslim, sikh, Christian, students, activists, lawyers, rich, poor came to the protest venues defying the prohibitory orders.
In Bangalore, noted historian Ramachandra Guha was picked up by police while he was talking to media at Townhall during anti -CAA protests
— Shabbir Ahmed (@Ahmedshabbir20) December 19, 2019
A big crowd at SJP Road near Town Hall in Bengaluru.
Police try to lathi charge but are outnumbered by the large crowd which is now singing anti NRC and anti CAA slogans.#Section144#BangaloreProtest#IndiaAgainstCAApic.twitter.com/vNw9ekZGq8
— Shahnawaz Ansari (@shanu_sab) December 19, 2019
Police are now saying that entire central Bengaluru is blocked off and that they will start releasing those who are detained since morning if the crowd assembled at Town Hall will start dispersing.#bangaloreprotest #IndiaAgainstCAA pic.twitter.com/lIsfx3fDh0
— Srivatsa (@srivatsayb) December 19, 2019
In Gulbarga district, 40,000 people march to protest against the citizenship amendment act.
— Èl Profesor (@IamSRKxFanboy) December 19, 2019
While in Delhi Swaraj Abhiyan leader and social activist Yogendra Yadav, Umar Khalid (social activist) was arrested early on. In Gujarat, social activist Jignesh Mewani was also arrested.
All over the country may prominent activists and common people were detained by the police.
— Suresh Mathew (@Suresh_Mathew_) December 19, 2019
While protests at Delhi, Bangalore, kalaburgi, Trichi were peaceful, there were instances of violence at places like Mangalore, where police shelled tear gas and lathi-charged the protestors.
Police also used force in Lucknow and Hazratganj in UP when some vehicles were burnt.
Police open fire in Mangalore. Police claims shots were fired in the air and no one has been injured.
Police claims crowd turned violent near port area and started throwing stones. In retaliation they opened fire.
More details awaited#Section144 #CAAProtests pic.twitter.com/vdVsCKNRZV
— Arun Dev (@ArunDev1) December 19, 2019
Eminent personalities, students, social activists and people from different walks of life took part in a rally in Kolkata to protest against the new citizenship law and NRC.
Protests are continuing at jantar mantar in Delhi. By evening people started gathering in Chandigarh and Mumbai for anti CAA protests.