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Now, Thackeray likenes Police action in Jamia with Jallianwala Bagh

Thackeray said there appears to be no clarity over how many people will enter the country and from where

Tuesday December 17, 2019 7:20 PM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

Uddhav Thackeray on Jamia Delhi Police

Nagpur: In sharp condemnation, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday likened the police action on Jamia Millia Islamia campus in Delhi with the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

He also said the students are like "yuva bombs" and called upon the Centre to refrain from handling the students in this manner.

Thackeray's statement came after many students and staffers were injured during a protest at the Jamia University on Sunday and triggered protests in campuses around the country, besides echoing among Indian students studying in American universities.

Soon after the brutal action against male and female students of Jamia Millia Islamia, the affected students had also equated what they had witnessed in the campus with the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

"A university should be a hub of peace and knowledge. However, what we experienced today gave the feeling that we are not in any educational institution. The police brutality was the brazen glimpses of what we read about Jallianwala Bagh in history books", a student said while talking to media persons.

Citizenship Amendment Act lacks clarity

Dwelling on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Thackeray said there appears to be no clarity over how many people will enter the country and from where, and wondered where they would settle after coming here.

He pointed out that the BJP-led central government appears to have no idea where and how it will settle the Hindus and other immigrants who would get Indian citizenship after the CAA.

Speaking on the occasion, Sena MP Sanjay Raut announced that his party (Shiv Sena) will not be joining the delegation that plans to meet President R. N. Kovind on the CAA later on Tuesday, but the CM will decide about the implementation of the CAA in Maharashtra in the cabinet meeting.

The CAA aims to grant citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians facing religious persecution in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh and have taken refuge in India on or before December 31, 2014.

Those opposing the act said the government should have mentioned "persecuted minorities" in the neighbouring countries instead of listing religions. They also accused the ruling BJP of playing politics and attempting to divide the country.

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