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Protests against CAA, NRC across India; 02 killed in Mangaluru, 01 in Lucknow

Over two dozen organisations had given a call to protest against CAA and NRC on Thursday December 19

Friday December 20, 2019 0:08 AM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

Anti CAA Anti NRC Protest India

New Delhi/Mangaluru/Lucknow: Hundreds of thousands of people Thursday protested against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019 and National Citizen Register (NRC) across India including the national capital New Delhi and financial hub Mumbai.

Over two dozen organisations had given a call to protest against CAA and NRC on Thursday December 19 - which coincides with the martyrdym of Ram Prasad Bismil and Ashfakullah Khan.

The protests held in the length and breadth of the country were peaceful in most of the cities and towns. However, violence erupted in Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) and Mangaluru (Karnataka).

Police sources said 02 people died from bullet injuries sustained in police firing and 01 person died in Lucknow, allegedly due to a firearm injury that he sustained during the protest.

"Jaleel Kandak, 49, and Naushan Kudroli, 23, who received bullet injuries when the police fired on protesters near the Deputy Commissioner's office in Mangaluru, succumbed to their injuries at a private hospital," the source told IANS.

Though Mangaluru Police Commissioner P.S. Harsha is yet to officially confirm the deaths, a cleric told reporters that Kandak and Kudroli were no more. Senior Congress leader Dinesh Gundu Rao also confirmed the deaths in a tweet.

Police has imposed curfew across the port town till Friday night to maintain peace and prevent any untoward incident in the aftermath of the violent shutdown against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

The deceased in Lucknow, according to sources, has been identified as Mohd Wakeel, a resident of Sajjad Bagh in Hussainabad area of the old city. It is not yet clear if he was killed in police firing.

"That is for the forensic experts to decide what kind of bullet took his life. He came here with a bullet injury in the stomach and we tried to save him but he succumbed to the injury," said a doctor at the Trauma Centre of the King George's Medical University.

"Rich vs Poor"

Disputing the Narendra Modi government's attempt to give ant-CAA and anti-NRC protest a communal colour, TMC MP Derek O'brien said it was actual a case of "rich vs poor".

"There are attempts to give a communal and "Hindu vs Muslim" colour to the protests being held across India against CAA and NRC. It is actually "rich vs poor". Just take a look at who suffered the most after demonetisation. It was the poor people", he said.

"The millionaires, and possibly me too being an MP, will not suffer. It will be the poor who will stand in queue to collect documents and prove citizenship", he said.

"Not Just CAA, NRC"

Yogendra Yadav, National President of Swaraj India, who was detained in Delhi for protesting against CAA and NRC, said the anger of he people is not just because of the two.

"You see there were lynchings, supreme court verdicts, unemployment and lot of other issues because of which there was anger brewing among the people, especially the minorities", he said while talking to a TV channel.

Yadav also said that the government should come out with "NRU - National Register of Unemployed" instead of "NRC - National Register of Citizens".

Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 promises citizenship to non-Muslims from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who moved to India by 2014. Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the act has given a life of dignity to the persecuted minorities from the three countries.

Howeverm, critics say the act challenges the foundations of India's secular constitution by making religion a criterion for citizenship. They also say if the government is honest in its claim, it should have mentioned "religious minorities" persecuted in the neigbouring countries, instead of listing the six religions.

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