Headlines December 16, 2019
Violent protests against CAA “deeply distressing” – PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has described the violence during protests at Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi as “deeply distressing”. He said that damage to public property and disturbing normal life is not a part of the country’s ethos.
In a series of tweets, PM Modi has finally responded to the spate of student protests across India that continue even today.
Violent protests on the Citizenship Amendment Act are unfortunate and deeply distressing. Debate, discussion and dissent are essential parts of democracy but, never has damage to public property and disturbance of normal life been a part of our ethos. – Prime Minister Narendra Modi
He added that “the need of the hour is for all of us to work together for the development of India and the empowerment of every Indian, especially the poor, downtrodden and marginalised. We cannot allow vested interest groups to divide us and create disturbance”.
Meanwhile, students on campuses in many cities across the country have come out in support of the students in New Delhi and at Aligarh Muslim University who have been protesting against the CAA. The police have been accused of using excessive force during these protests.
The Supreme Court today said the “rioting” must stop and there should be peace, responding to request to take note of police action on students. The police barged into the Jamia campus, rounded up students and detained 100. They were accused of beating and abusing students. The Jamia students were released early this morning after a massive show of strength by students outside the Delhi Police Headquarters all through the night.
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