- Title: Hundreds arrested in India during days of protests over citizenship law
- Date: 21st December 2019
- Summary: RAMPUR, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA (DECEMBER 21, 2019) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) VARIOUS OF POLICE FIRING TEAR GAS SHELLS/POLICE AND PROTESTERS PELTING STONES AT EACH OTHER AS FIRE FROM DEBRIS CAN BE SEEN IN THE BACKGROUND POLICE AND MEMBERS OF RAPID ACTION FORCE (RAF) WALKING IN THE STREETS MEMBER OF RAF FIRING TEAR GAS SHELL SMOKE RISING FROM TEAR GAS SHELL LUCKNOW, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA (DECEMBER 21, 2019) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) (HD) (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) INSPECTOR GENERAL, LAW AND ORDER, UTTAR PRADESH STATE, PRAVEEN KUMAR, SAYING: "In total, 124 cases have been registered, out of which 705 people have been arrested in substantive offences. During this whole process, 4,500 people were taken under preventive custody and later released under a bond." KANPUR, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA (DECEMBER 21, 2019) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) (HD) POLICE MOVING FORWARD AND BATON CHARGING PROTESTERS PROTESTERS PELTING STONES AT POLICE POLICE PERSONNEL STANDING PROTESTERS STANDING AS STONES AND PIECES OF BRICKS ARE SEEN SCATTERED ON ROAD AND SMOKE IS SEEN RISING FROM FIRE DEBRIS IN THE BACKGROUND PROTESTERS STANDING AS VANDALISED FURNITURE AND STONES ARE SEEN LYING ON ROAD POLICE CHARGING TOWARDS PROTESTERS AND FIRE WITH BATONS POLICE GEARING UP FOR BATON CHARGE AS FIRE IS SEEN IN THE BACKGROUND/POLICE FIRING TEAR GAS SHELL POLICE FIRING TEAR GAS SHELL LUCKNOW, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA (DECEMBER 21, 2019) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) (HD) (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) INSPECTOR GENERAL, LAW AND ORDER, UTTAR PRADESH STATE, PRAVEEN KUMAR, SAYING: "A total of 263 policemen were reported injured during the protests, out of which 57 policemen suffered firearms injuries. With respect to the violence created by rioters, so far, 15 people have been reported dead." KALABURAGI, KARNATAKA, INDIA (DECEMBER 21, 2019) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) (HD) VARIOUS OF POLICE, RAF AND OTHER PARAMILITARY FORCES SOLDIERS MARCHING ON ROAD WITH BATONS AND RIOT PREVENTION VEHICLE RAF SOLDIERS MARCHING IN FULL RIOT GEAR VARIOUS OF SECURITY PERSONNEL MARCHING (SOUNDBITE) (English) ADDITIONAL DIRECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE, KARNATAKA, ALOK KUMAR, SAYING: "(We briefed) that we should provide security to life and property of each and every citizen, irrespective of their faith, their religion, their caste, their political affiliation and we will ensure here in Gulbarga city and if anyone tries to break the law, anyone tries to take law into their hands or they get involved in any violent situation, then they will have it." GUWAHATI, ASSAM, INDIA (DECEMBER 21, 2019) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) (HD) DIFFERENTLY-ABLED PROTESTERS CARRYING BANNERS, PLAYING MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, AND MARCHING WHILE RAISING SLOGANS DIFFERENTLY-ABLED MAN WALKING WITH HELP OF CRUTCHES IN MARCH/ PROTESTERS SLOGANEERING VISUALLY IMPAIRED PROTESTER SLOGANEERING VARIOUS OF DIFFERENTLY-ABLED PROTESTERS SLOGANEERING
- Embargoed: 4th January 2020 13:37
- Keywords: Citizenship Amendment Act Guwahati India Muslims Uttar Pradesh clash protesters protests tear gas violence
- Location: RAMPUR, LUCKNOW, KANPUR, UTTAR PRADESH/KALBURAGI, KARNATAKA/ GUWAHATI, ASSAM, INDIA
- City: RAMPUR, LUCKNOW, KANPUR, UTTAR PRADESH/KALBURAGI, KARNATAKA/ GUWAHATI, ASSAM, INDIA
- Country: India
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA001BAX4G9B
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: More than 1,500 protesters have been arrested across India in the past 10 days, officials said on Saturday (December 21), as police try to quell sometimes violent demonstrations against a citizenship law that critics say undermines the country's secular constitution.
Additionally, some 4,000 people have been detained and then released, the officials said. Those arrested and detained had been resorting to violence during the protests.
At least 19 people have been killed in clashes between police and protesters since parliament passed the law on Dec. 11, out of which 15 were killed in India's most populous Uttar Pradesh state. Critics of the law say it discriminates against Muslims and threatens India's secular ethos because it makes religion a criteria for citizenship.
The law aims to grant citizenship to minorities of the Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Sikh, Jain and Parsi faiths from Muslim-majority Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, deemed as suffering persecution there. The applicant should have entered India on or before Dec. 31, 2014.
Demonstrations continued on Saturday despite curfews and tough measures aimed at shutting down the protests.
More demonstrations were planned in several parts of the country, including in the northeastern state of Assam. Resentment against illegal immigrants from Bangladesh has simmered for years in Assam, one of India's poorest states, where some residents accuse outsiders, Hindus or Muslims, of stealing jobs and land.
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