New Delhi, Dec 16 (GCCurrentAffairs) As the protest against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act spread to various parts of the country, the Supreme Court on Monday stepped in and said it would hear on Tuesday the plea filed by Jamia Millia Islamia against police ‘action’ on protestors, while Opposition leaders sat on a protest at India Gate here and also sought a meeting with President Ram Nath Kovind to discuss the CAA.
On Sunday evening, violence took place at Jamia Millia Islamia university here in which scores of people were injured while public property damaged. The students alleged that they were manhandled by the police personnel when they were agitating ‘peacefully’ inside the campus.
Expressing solidarity with the students and condemning the police ‘action’ and the controversial new law, students from Aligarh Muslim University, Lucknow’s Nadwa college, Banaras Hindu University, Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) in Hyderabad, Students’ Federation of India (SFI) and Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) in Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), IIT Bombay, among others held protest, UNI reports said.
Agitation against the Act saw opposition unity. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal sought a meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah in the wake of violence in Jamia, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a rally against the Act and the NRC, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Tamil Nadu DMK’s chief Stalin held protests in their state, the reports said.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, seeks to grant Indian citizenship to religiously persecuted Hindu, Parsi, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist and Christian migrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, who prior to December 31, 2014 had entered the country.