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CAA protest: Violence in Delhi; protesters torch buses, cop injured

New Delhi: Protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act turned violent in Delhi on Sunday after students Jamia Millia Islamia University torched buses. The agitation left two fire personnel and a policeman injured followed by heavy deployment of security personnel at various spots in the national capital.

The protest caused disruption on Metro services in the city as entry and exit were barred at some metro stations by the authorities in South Delhi. Meanwhile, Jamia authorities blamed of forcefully entering in the varsity premises and beating up the students while a Jamia students’ group said they had nothing to do with the violence and arsen. They also alleged that local elements made situation worsened by joining their protest.

Common people faced an unwanted situation after around 1,000 raging students set ablaze vehicles, pelted stones on security personnel including fire tenders, blocked roads and damaged buses.

The protest continued till late night as students gathered outside the Delhi Police Headquarters and raised slogans.

These apart, political leaders from various parties including the Communist Party of India and Bhim Army’s Chandrashekhar Azad also reached the spot.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also condemned the violence. “Any kind of violence is unacceptable. Protests should remain peaceful,” Kejriwal tweeted.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill became an Act after President Ram Nath Kovind gave his consent to make it a law on December 12. The Act grants India citizenship to the muslims of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

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