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India: CAA Protests Continue: 11 Deaths, 35 Arrests and Several Detentions

Saturday 21 December 2019, by siawi3

Source: https://thewire.in/rights/citizenship-amendment-act-protests-police-action-detentions-live

CAA Protests Continue: 11 Deaths, 35 Arrests and Several Detentions

21.12.19 5 hours ago

On Friday, as a night of protest in the capital ended with the detention of Bhim Army chief Chandra Shekhar Aazad from Jama Masjid at around 4 am on Saturday, the day brought fresh waves of protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act in Delhi and across the country.

Protesters marching on Friday towards Jantar Mantar from Jama Masjid had been stopped by police and paramilitary personnel. Daryaganj was witness to police lathicharge which led to grievous injuries among several protesters.

Not just in the capital, protests also continued unabated in many parts of the country, including Uttar Pradesh, where 11 protesters have been killed since Friday. One of them was an eight-year-old boy.

In Madhya Pradesh, curfew was imposed in parts of Jabalpur city, while internet was suspended for six hours in the capital city of Bhopal. As many as 35 protesters were arrested on charges of stone pelting. Twenty police personnel were allegedly injured.

Activists arrested, journalist beaten-up

In Lucknow, senior lawyer, human rights activist and president of Rihai Manch, Shohaib Ahmad has been in police custody since late on Thursday, The Wire’s Mahtab Alam reports.

The Hindu’s correspondent in Lucknow, Omar Rashid, in his first-hand account, has also written about being forcibly detained despite showing his identity cards.

Similarly, a former senior police officer of UP and human rights activist, S.R. Darapuri has also been held since Friday.

“We don’t want to create ruckus, we are here for our rights” : Delhi protesters

The Wire’s Shekhar Tiwari spoke to anti-CAA protestors who had been stopped by the Delhi Police at Delhi Gate.

They said that they simply wanted the government to repeal the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and did not wish to trouble anyone.

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Not Just CAA, Indian Banks and Visa Penalty Rules Discriminate Against Foreign Muslims

The Reserve Bank of India and the Narendra Modi government have tweaked multiple rules over the last 20 months to make life easier for “minority community” citizens of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who reside in India.

These new regulations appear to go out of their way to exclude Muslims who are citizens of the three countries and are legal residents of India.

Indeed, the modified rules explicitly state that they only apply to people from the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhists, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities.
Senior bankers and corporate lawyers described them as puzzling and certainly open to judicial challenge for violating Article 14 of the Indian constitution.

The Hindu, which first reported about an instance of a change in rules, quoted an RBI source as saying that they had carried out the changes on the instructions of the Centre, which had asked if there was anything that can be done to help people who had been “residing in the country for a long time”.