Citizenship Act: PM Modi blames ‘urban Naxals’ as protests spread; pitched battle in Northeast Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday warned students that “urban Naxals” were using them for politics in their protests against amendments to the Citizenship Act. He urged youth to debate policies instead, and dared Congress to “declare that it was willing to make every Pakistani an Indian citizen”. Clashes erupted in Delhi’s New Seelampur area between thousands of protestors and police against amendments made to Citizenship Act.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court refused to appoint a committee to probe the alleged police atrocities against students of Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi and Aligarh Muslim University in Uttar Pradesh. The top court directed that the pleas should be referred to relevant High Courts.

The Delhi Police said the protests at Jamia were a “well planned attack” by students and called it a “conspiracy”. At least 10 people have been arrested – but none of them students – in connection with the violence in the university. Police will investigate claims that two students suffered bullet injuries during the crackdown.

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