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Citizenship Amendment Act protests Updates: NPR first step for NRC, says Derek O'Brien; TMC leader accuses Centre of trying to fool people
  • 23:01 (IST)

    Muslim group to give representation to Telangana CM on CAA, NRC, NPR

    ANI has reported that a delegation of United Muslim Action Committee will meet the Telangana chief minister tomorrow. They will give a representation to him on CAA, NRC and NPR. AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi will also be a part of the delegation.

  • 22:38 (IST)

    As Centre okays NPR fund, Akhilesh says BJP govt's "hidden motives" to have NRC exposed

     
    Shortly after the Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved a fund of Rs 3,941.35 crore to update the National Population Register, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday attacked the BJP government, saying its "hidden motives" to have a National Register of Citizens has been exposed.
     
    "When the government itself said in Rajya Sabha that NPR will be the basis of NRC, how many lies will BJP leaders speak and mislead people? Their hidden motives stand exposed," Akhilesh said in a tweet in Hindi.
     
    The government on Tuesday approved nearly Rs 12,700 crore for carrying out the Census 2021 and updating the National Population Register (NPR), and made it clear that NPR has no relation with the contentious National Register of Citizens.
     
    However, home ministry officials said "at present there is no proposal to create the NRC in the country based on the NPR data".
     
    PTI

  • 22:19 (IST)

    Bandh observed in Dibrugarh, protesters demand Akhil Gogoi's release

     

    Protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act continued in Assam's Dibrugarh, where agitators demanded for the release of detained activist Akhil Gogoi.
     
    Dibrugarh, the hometown of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, witnessed a amassive gathering.  A large number of people assembled at Chowkidinghee playground at a programme by All Assam Students' Union (AASU), which is spearheading the protests. The town observed a total and spontaneous bandh to express solidarity and shops, banks and business establishments remained closed.
     
     
    ASU General Secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi demanded immediate withdrawal of the Act and warned the government not to suppress peoples' movement. "We also demand immediate release of KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi. The way he was arrested is totally condemnable," he added. Akhil Gogoi, an RTI activist and peasant leader, was arrested on December 12 in Jorhat district as a preventive measure amid violent protests against the amended law. 
     
     

  • 22:06 (IST)

    In pictures: Protest against CAA in Karnataka's Hubli

  • 22:02 (IST)

    Kamal Nath to lead anti-CAA rally in Bhopal tomorrow

    Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath will lead a protest march against the Citizenship Amendment Act in state capital Bhopal on Wednesday, Congress
    leaders said. Called 'Samvidhan Bachao Nyaya Shanti Yatra', it will start at noon from Rangmahal Talkies and culminate at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Minto Hall (old Vidhan Sabha), MP Congress vice president and organisation-in-charge Chandra Prabhash Shekhar said. He said Congress leaders and workers, representativesfrom other parties, NGOs, ex-Army men, advocates and students are expected to take part.

  • 21:59 (IST)

    Will review CAA- NRC, says Hemant Soren 

     
     
    Jharkhand chief minister-designate Hemant Soren on Tuesday said he will go through the details of the citizenship law and if even one person from his state is uprooted due to the amended legislation, then it will not be implemented.
     
    Soren, who led the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha-Congress-RJD alliance to a win in the assembly polls, also said that he had not gone through the details of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the possible NRC and he would make a "holistic review" of them. "I have not gone through the NRC and CAB (now CAA) documents that the government of India wants to implement. Citizens are on the roads against these laws. We will go through it and if it uproots even one Jharkhandi from his or her home, then it won't be implemented," 44-year-old Soren told PTI in an interview.

  • 21:45 (IST)

    TMC counter govt's claims, cites 2015 reply by MoS home in Lok Sabha 

    Claiming that Narendra Modi led govt had sought to link the NPR exercise with the NRC not only in Rajya Sabha, but also in the Lok Sabha, Trinamool Congress MP Derek O'Brien on Tuesday shared a reply give by MoS State in the lower House in 2015. The reply states that the information collected through the NPR wil serve as the "mother database" for the NRIC by verifying the citizenship status of each and every resident. 

    The Rajya Sabha MP said the said BJP is cheating the people as NPR will be carried out alongside the census. This will confuse the innocent people who will think it is the census and not the first step of the NRC.

  • 21:25 (IST)

    Lucknow police forms panel for fair probe into anti-CAA riot cases

     
    The Lucknow police has formed a committee of its senior officers to ensure fair probe into the criminal culpability of those arrested in the recent anti-CAA protests, an official said on Tuesday.
     
    Senior Superintendent of Police Kalanidhi Naithani said the committee will be headed by Lucknow's additional superintendent of police.
     
    The committee will minutely scrutinise the role of those arrested in the recent protests and demonstrations against the amended citizenship law in Lucknow.
     
    It will decide whether an arrested person was a mere spectator and bystander or was part of the unlawful assembly or a miscreant, actively involved in rioting, arson and firing and damaging public property.
     
    "All investigators have been asked to ensure fair and evidence-based investigation," said Naithani.
     
    PTI

  • 21:18 (IST)

    Prashant Bhushan denounces NDA govt's "lies"

    Reacting to the Cabinet's approval to the process of updating the National Population Register, activist Prashant Bhushan said, "The NPR is explicitly the basis of the National Register of Indian Citizens under the Citizenship Rules of 2003. Just 2 days ago Modi shouted that there is no move for a National Register of Citizens & today his Cabinet clears the NPR which is the basis for NRC! Liars & Frauds!"

  • 21:11 (IST)

    Security personnel had not broken AMU gate, says UP Police

    The Uttar Pradesh Police has tweeted a video seeking to present its side of the events that took place during the protests at Aligarh Muslim University.

  • 21:06 (IST)

    Lucknow Police forms committee to probe violence during CAA protests

     
    The Lucknow police has formed a committee of its senior officers probe into the criminal culpability of those arrested in the recent anti-CAA protests, an official told PTI.
     
    Senior Superintendent of Police Kalanidhi Naithani said the committee will be headed by Lucknow's additional superintendent of police. The committee will minutely scrutinise the role of those arrested in the recent protests and demonstrations against the amended citizenship law in Lucknow. It will decide whether an arrested person was a mere spectator and bystander or was part of the unlawful assembly or a miscreant, actively involved in rioting, arson and firing and damaging public property.
     
    "All investigators have been asked to ensure fair and evidence-based investigation," said Naithani.

  • 21:02 (IST)

    We also conducted NPR, says Congress' Ajay Maken

    Congress leader Ajay Maken, who was the home minister in the UPA government, admitted that a NPR exercise had been carried out in 2011." But we never took it forward to NRC," he said. 

    Home minister Amit Shah and Union minister Prakah Javadekar had both asserted that the NPR exercise was started by the UPA government in 2011. 

  • 20:40 (IST)

     Yogendra Yadav hits out at govt over claims of no link between NPR and NRC

    Political scientist Yogendra Yadav slammed the government for claiming that the National Population Register was not linked to the National Register of Citizens. He shared the tweet of a journalist which referred to a reply given by MoS home in 2014 stating : "the government had decided to create the NRC based on the NPR by verifying the citizenship status of all individuals in the country. "

    "Once again Govt caught red-handed lying brazenly," tweeted Yadav

     

  • 20:29 (IST)

    UP Congress chief meets family of man arrested during anti-CAA protest

    Uttar Pradesh Congress president Ajay Kumar Lallu visited Hakim Mohd Ahmad in the Sahmaroof area of Lucknow whose son Shadab Ahmad was arrested during a protest against the amended Citizenship Act. Shadab was arrested on Friday, and is still in jail. 
     
    Speaking to reporters, Lallu said, "Congress will always stand behind the victims of police harassment. Police is picking up innocent people and even arresting them under serious sections and harassing people."

  • 20:17 (IST)

    Congress cites Home Ministry report to counter Amit Shah's claims


    Responding to the claims made by Union Minister Prakash Javadekar and Home Minister Amit Shah about there being no links between the NPR and the NRC, the Congress cited the 2018-19 annual report of the home ministry which stated that the NPR is the first step of the NRC. The party also said that the same reply was given by former MoS for home Kiren Rijiju in the Rajya Sabha. 

    "Once again the BJP govt is caught in a trap of their own making, " it tweeted.  

  • 19:43 (IST)

    No detention centre built since Modi govt came to power: Amit Shah

    "Detention centres are only for illegal immigrants. Neither the CAA nor the NPR will affect citizens of the country," claimed Shah. He stated "There is only one detention centre in Assam, which was built years ago. No detention centre has been built since the Modi government came to power."

  • 19:37 (IST)

    Police fulfilling their duty, says Amit Shah about crackdown on CAA protests

    Asked about police violence during the protests against the CAA, Shah said "If police do not protect lives, then they are not fulfilling their duty. they might have even entered ICU, but they must have been chasing miscreants."

  • 19:32 (IST)

    NPR won't threaten anyone's citizenship: Amit Shah

    "NPR wont take away any one's citizenship. It is possible that some names are missed in the NPR but it wont affect their citizenship. It is a regular process for updating details like deaths, mapping people who have migrated to different states and recording new birth," the home minister told ANI

  • 19:22 (IST)

    No documents needed for NPR, says Amit Shah

    "When information will be collected for NPR, no documents will be required. People may give Voter Id number, which had been asked in the previous round as well," said Amit Shah when asked whether Aadhar card will be required for NPR.

  • 19:15 (IST)

    Some parties creating opposition to NPR: Amit Shah

    "Some parties opposing NPR to deny benefits to minorities. Minorities benefited  only due to the schemes brought by Prime minister Narendra Modi," Shah told ANI.

  • 19:12 (IST)

    No link between NPR and NRC, says Amit Shah

     

    "There is no link between National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR)," said Home minister  Amit Shah in an exclusive interview with ANI.

  • 18:59 (IST)

    'NPR=NRC': CPM slams govt, calls for repeal of CAA, NPR

     
     
    Hours after the Union Cabinet approved Rs 3,941.35 crore for updating the NPR, the CPM on Tuesday said that chief ministers who opposed the NRC should also stop the National Population Register process.
     
     
    "NPR=NRC. How much more will the Modi government lie and mislead the people? It was stated clearly on the record in the Rajya Sabha by this government that the National Population Register is the base document from where the NRC work will start," CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said.
     
    "NPR is not the Census. Census should continue, as it has always been done, every 10 years. Govt should focus on the economic crisis it has created: Soaring unemployment, rising rural distress & food prices. Repeal the divisive CAA. Cancel NRC-NPR," he said in another tweet.

  • 18:48 (IST)


    Seelampur violence: Delhi court directs jail authorities to provide medical assistance to accused 

    A Delhi court on Tuesday directed Mandoli Jail authorities to immediately provide medical treatment to one of those arrested in connection with a violent protest at Seelampur on 17 December.

     
    Metropolitan Magistrate Richa Parihar directed the jail superintendent to provide medical assistance to Moinuddin as he sustained serious injuries on his hand during the protest, and file a status report by 25 December. The court was hearing Moinuddin's plea, filed through advocate Zakir Raza, in which he claimed that before being sent to judicial custody he underwent a minor surgery due to injuries sustained during the violent protest.

  • 18:30 (IST)

    BJP allies who voted for CAB wont implement NRC: Shashi Tharoor

    A day after YRSCP chief YSR Jagan Reddy said that he will not implement the NRC in Andhra Prdaesh, Congress' Shashi Tharoor listed the BJP allies who had refused to implement the NRC.  "Five regional parties that voted with BJP on the Citizenship Amendment Bill have made it clear they will not cooperate in any NRC exercise: AGP, BJD, JDU, Shiv Sena & YSRC," he said.

  • 18:18 (IST)

    Protests continue peacefully in parts of Tamil Nadu

    Huge demonstrations against the Citizenship Amendment Act continued in parts of Tamil Nadu like Salem and Krishnagiri on Tuesday. Hundreds of people gathered in Salem to stage a demonstration against the CAA, with the protestors demanding withdrawal of the controversial legislation. Similarly, a huge protest demonstration was held by various Muslim bodies in Krishnagiri against the CAA. No untoward incident was reported from anywhere, PTI quoted police as saying. 

  • 18:14 (IST)

    Congress leader Ajay Maken lashes out at govt over no NRC claims

    Reacting to the cabinet nod to the National Population Register, Congress leader Ajay Maken shared a  screenshot of a page from the 2018-19 Annual Report of the Union Home Ministry, which stated that "the NPR is the first step for the NRIC."

  • 17:58 (IST)

    Court seeks response of Delhi Police on bail pleas of 6 accused for Daryaganj violence

    A Delhi  court on Tuesday sought response of Delhi Police on bail pleas filed by six of those arrested in connection with a violent protest at Daryaganj, reports PTI. Additional Sessions Judge Satish Kumar asked the police to file reply by December 28.
     
     
    Violence broke out in the area on December 20 when a group of agitating demonstrators resorted to stone-pelting after police tried to forcefully evict them. 
    In the melee, one car was set on fire and several others were damaged.

  • 17:50 (IST)

    Twitter users question govt's claim of NPR not being related to NRC

    Twitter users, including journalists and academicians, reacted to the government's claims that the National Population Register was not related to National Register of Citizens. 

    A professor at the Ashoka University shared a link to a reply give by former minister os state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju in the Rajya Sabha in 2014, which stated: "The NPR is the first step towards creation of National Register of Indian Citizens (NRIC) by verifying the citizenship status of every usual residents."

  • 17:30 (IST)

    SFI, DYFI activists try to block Yediyurappa's  car in Kerala

    Activists of the pro CPI(M) SFI and DYFI waved black flags, raised slogans and tried to stop the car of Karnataka Chief Minister, B S Yediyurappa at Pazhayangadi  in Kerala's Kannur, but were chased away by the police on Tuesday.
     

    "The activists surrounded the chief minister's car, raised slogans and tried to stop the vehicle. Some of them came in front of the vehicle, but were removed by police, No damage was done to the vehicle," Kannur Superintendent of Police Prateesh Kumar Sinha, told PTI.

    At least 12 workers of the Students Federation of India (SFI) and Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) have been taken into custody, he said.

  • 17:15 (IST)

    Protesters at Jantar Mantar demand withdrawal of CAA, NPR

    Students and protesters from various universities and organisations gathered near Jantar Mantar under the banner of "We the People of India" to protest against the CAA and NRC.

    Protesters raised slogans demanding the withdrawal of the NRC, CAA as well as the NPR, which was approved by the Union Cabinet earlier in the day.

  • 17:11 (IST)

    Akhilesh Yadav questions UP govt's claim of 'outsiders' role' in anti-CAA violence

    "The government is saying that people from West Bengal came here (to indulge in violence)... then what were you (government) doing? From Bengal, news is coming that some people (from BJP) were involved in arsoning after they changed their clothes," said Samajwadi Part chief Akhilesh Yadav.

    Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma had on Sunday alleged "outsiders' role" in the incidents of violence reported from various districts of the state where anti-CAA protests took place.

  • 17:08 (IST)

    At Kolkata rally, Mamata Banerjee reiterates NRC, CAA will not be implemented in West Bengal

     
    Mamata Banerjee, who led a protest march against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) and proposed NRC -- from Swami Vivekananda statue at Bidhan Sarani to Gandhi Bhavan in the Kolkata, said, "As long as I am alive, I will not allow them to implement CAA or NRC in Bengal and divide the country on
    religious lines. In Assam, where the BJP is in power, detention centres have been built. In Bengal, we will never build any such centre."
     

  • 16:33 (IST)

    National Population Register, not citizen register, says Prakash Javadekar

     

    Addressing a press briefing, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said that the Union Cabinet has approved the conducting of census of India 2021 and updating of National Population Register. The exercise will be conducted between April  and September 2020 and a head count will be ready by February 2021 (2021 is the Census year)," he said. 

    "Cabinet has approved an expenditure of Rs 8,754.23 crore for the exercise of the Census of India 2021 and Rs 3,941.35 crore for the updation of National Population Register," said the minister.

    Seeking to allay fears, the government said, "It’s a national population register, not a citizen register."  Javadekar also stated that no documents or biometrics will be required and that it will be based on self-certification. 

    He added that the NPR exercise was first started in 2010 under the UPA government and was last updated in 2015. The NPR will have to be updated every 10 years. "Lakhs of enumerators will be going from house to house for the NPR", he said adding that from this year onwards, an app will be introduced to facilitate the process. 

    The NPR will will help in ensuring that the benefits of welfare schemes reach the intended beneficiaries, added Javadekar.

  • 16:10 (IST)

    No documents required for NPR, says Prakash Javadekar

    "Cabinet has approved the conducting of census of India 2021 and updating of National Population Register. It is self-declaration, no document or bio-metric is required for it," said Union Minister Prakash Javadekar. He added that the exercise will hep in ensuring that the benefis of welfare schemes reach the correct beneficiaries.

  • 15:57 (IST)

    Rs 13,000 crore allocated for Census and NPR, says Prakash Javadekar

    "The  NPR process has been started in many states and Rs 13,000 crore has been allocated for theNPR and census," Union minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar said during a press briefing. 

  • 15:49 (IST)

    UPA govt  started NPR, says Prakash Javadekar

    Addressing  a press briefing, Union minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar said that NPR was started by the UPA govt in 2010 and updated in 2015. This will have to be updated every 10 years, he said.

  • 15:32 (IST)

    Karnataka govt orders magisterial probe into Mangaluru violence

    The Karnataka government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the violent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act in Mangaluru last week,
     resulting in two deaths. In the order passed on Monday, the state government said it has appointed the Deputy Commissioner of Udupi district G Jagadish as the executive magistrate to inquire into the matter and submit a report within three months.

  • 15:19 (IST)

    Third-year student expelled from Arabi-Farsi University for calling anti-CAA and NRC protests

    Ahmed Raza Khan, a third year History Honours student of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Urdu, Arabi-Farsi University, Lucknow was expelled by the varsity's Vice Chancellor for calling students to protest against CAA and NRC, and for putting up a Facebook post related to the matter, according to Times of India

  • 15:00 (IST)

    Centre will update NPR with house-listing phase of Census 2021

    According to reports, in the next step, the Centre has decided to update the NPR along with the house-listing phase of Census 2021 in 2020. West Bengal and Kerala have stopped the NPR exercise, over a week after the controversial bill to amend the Citizenship Act was passed by both Houses of parliament, NDTV reports.

  • 14:53 (IST)

    Data for NPR first collected in 2010

    The data for NPR was first collected in 2010 during the second term of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, reports have said, along with the house-listing phase of Census 2011.

    The NPR data was first updated in 2015 with door-to-door surveys; digitisation of the updated data is complete now, officials said

  • 14:52 (IST)

    When will NPR be held 

    The NPR exercise will be held between April and September 2020 in all states and Union Territories except Assam, where the National Register of Citizens exercise to identify illegal migrants has already been conducted.

  • 14:42 (IST)

    Union Cabinet approves NPR 

     

    The Union Cabinet has approved the National Population Register, India Today reported quoting sources. According to NDTV, the Census Commission has said the objective of the NPR is to create a comprehensive identity database of every "usual resident" of the country.

    According to officials, the Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved over Rs 8500 crore for updating National Population Register.

    "The database will have demographic as well as biometric details. A "usual resident", for the NPR, is a person who has lived in an area for at least six months or more, or a person who intends to live in an area for the next six months or more. It is mandatory for every "usual resident" of India to register in the NPR."

  • 14:31 (IST)

    BJP's Chandra Kumar Bose questions exclusion of Muslims from CAA
     

    Hours after BJP working president JP Nadda took out a march in Kolkata in support of the newly-enacted Citizenship law on Monday, the party's West Bengal vice president Chandra Kumar Bose raised his voice against the Act and said India is a country "open to all religions and communities".

    "If #CAA2019 is not related to any religion why are we stating – Hindu, Sikh, Buddha, Christians, Parsis and Jains only! Why not include #Muslims as well? Let's be transparent," Bose tweeted. "Don't equate India or compare it with any other nation – as it's a nation Open to all religions and communities," he said in another tweet.

    "If Muslims are not being persecuted in their home country they would not come,so there's no harm in including them. However, this is not entirely true- what about Baluch who live in Pakistan & Afghanistan? What about Ahwadiyya in Pakistan?" Bose said. 

    The comment by Bose, grandnephew of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, comes as BJP has launched massive public awareness campaign to raise awareness for the contentious citizenship law. 

  • 14:12 (IST)

    'Police did not show us any orders, just asked us to return': Rahul

    According to the Congress, the Gandhis were stopped despite telling the Police that only three people – Priyanka, Rahul Gandhi and Pramod Tiwari – will be going inside Meerut, so that Section 144 is not violated. Speaking to News18, Rahul said, "We were stopped from going ahead. I asked them (police personnel) if they have any order, but they failed to show any order."

    Congress claims that the Gandhi's were stopped despite telling the Police that only 3 people (Priyanka, Rahul and Pramod Tiwari) will be going inside Meerut, so that Section 144 is not violated.

  • 13:58 (IST)

    Demonstration at Mandi House 

    Protesters, including Swaraj Abhiyan chief Yogendra Yadav, gathered at Delhi's Mandi House to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Earlier on Tuesday, the police had imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 in the area to maintain the law and order situation.

    Images by Shubham 

  • 13:45 (IST)

    Rahul, Sonia Gandhi stopped by UP Police outside Meerut

    Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka, who were scheduled to meet the kin of those killed in anti-Citizenship Act protests in Meerut, were stopped by Uttar Pradesh Police, CNN-News18 reported. 

    The leaders were on their way to visit the violence-hit state. The toll in violence that occurred during protests against the CAA in Meerut on Friday rose to five, a senior police official said on Sunday.

  • 13:26 (IST)

    'NRC nahi chalega': Mamata Banerjee raises slogans against BJP in Kolkata

  • 13:16 (IST)

    Visuals from violence at AMU during anti-CAA protests 

    Following the unrest during the anti-CAA protests in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and the flak received by the Uttar Pradesh Police, the administration has released CCTV footage from the violence on 15 December. 

    The state police claimed that the protests were "politically motivated" and alleged that Congress and Samajwadi Party leaders instigated the crowd.

    They further claimed that the action by the cops was necessitated to tackle the unruly mob. "Some outsiders also got incolved in the guise of students," according to the police.

  • 12:57 (IST)

    In Pictures: Protesters gather at Mandi House to protest against Citizenship Amendment Act 

  • 12:52 (IST)

    Shashi Tharoor backs German IIT-M student asked to leave India for joining anti-CAA protest, calls upon HRD ministry to withdraw expulsion 

    Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has called upon the HRD Ministry to withdraw the expulsion of a German student pursuing his Masters at IIT Madras after he was asked to leave the country following his participation in an anti-Citizenship Act protest.

    "This is dismaying. We used to be a proud democracy, an example to the world. No democracy punishes freedom of expression," Tharoor said.

    "I call on Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (HRD Minister) to instruct IIT Madras to withdraw the expulsion and allow India to hold head high in the academic world," he added.

    Last week, when nationwide agitation against CAA was at its peak, Jakob Lindenthal, a German student in the Department of Physics at IIT-M – part of a one-year exchange programme – was asked to leave the country immediately after he attended one of the protests against CAA and NRC.

Citizenship Amendment Act protests  Updates: After the union cabinet approved Rs 3,941.35 crore for updating the NPR on Tuesday, the Trinamool Congress said that BJP is trying to "fool and cheat" the people of the country as the population register is the "first step towards NRC".

Jharkhand chief minister-designate Hemant Soren on Tuesday said he will go through the details of the citizenship law and if even one person from his state is uprooted due to the amended legislation, then it will not be implemented.

Political scientist Yogendra Yadav slammed the government for claiming that the National Population Register was not linked to the National Register of Citizens. He shared the tweet of a journalist which referred to a reply given by MoS home in 2014 stating : "the government had decided to create the NRC based on the NPR by verifying the citizenship status of all individuals in the country. "

"Once again Govt caught red-handed lying brazenly," tweeted Yadav.

Responding to the claims made by Union Minister Prakash Javadekar and Home Minister Amit Shah about there being no links between the NPR and the NRC, the Congress cited the 2018-19 annual report of the home ministry which stated that the NPR is the first step of the NRC. The party also said that the same reply was given by former MoS for home Kiren Rijiju in the Rajya Sabha.

"There is no link between National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR)," said Home minister Amit Shah in an exclusive interview with ANI.

 

Seeking to allay fears about the NPR, the government said, "It’s a national population register, not a citizen register." Union minister Prakash Javadekar said every perosn living in India will be included in the exercise.

Addressing a press briefing, Union minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar said that NPR was started by the UPA govt in 2010 and updated in 2015. This will have to be updated every 10 years, he said. "Cabinet has approved the conducting of census of India 2021 and updating of National Population Register. It is self declaration, no document or bio-metric is required for it."

The NPR exercise will be held between April and September 2020 in all states and Union Territories except Assam, where the National Register of Citizens exercise to identify illegal migrants has already been conducted.

The Union Cabinet has approved the National Population Register, reports have said. According to NDTV, the Census Commission has said the objective of the NPR is to create a comprehensive identity database of every "usual resident" of the country. "The database will have demographic as well as biometric details. A "usual resident", for the NPR, is a person who has lived in an area for at least six months or more, or a person who intends to live in an area for the next six months or more. It is mandatory for every "usual resident" of India to register in the NPR."

Meanwhile, hours after BJP working president JP Nadda took out a march in Kolkata in support of the newly-enacted Citizenship law on Monday, the party's West Bengal vice president Chandra Kumar Bose raised his voice against the Act and said India is a country "open to all religions and communities". "If #CAA2019 is not related to any religion why are we stating – Hindu, Sikh, Buddha, Christians, Parsis and Jains only! Why not include #Muslims as well? Let's be transparent," Bose tweeted. "Don't equate India or compare it with any other nation – as it's a nation Open to all religions and communities," he said in another tweet.

"If Muslims are not being persecuted in their home country they would not come,so there's no harm in including them. However, this is not entirely true- what about Baluch who live in Pakistan & Afghanistan? What about Ahwadiyya in Pakistan?" Bose said.

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka, who were scheduled to meet the kin of those killed in anti-Citizenship Act protests in Meerut, were stopped by Uttar Pradesh Police, CNN-News18 reported.

The leaders were on their way to visit the violence-hit state. The toll in violence that occurred during protests against the CAA in Meerut on Friday rose to five, a senior police official said on Sunday.

The Tis Hazari court in Delhi on Tuesday issued a notice to the Delhi Police on a bail petition filed by six of the 15 accused who were arrested after a protest in the Daryaganj area against the citizenship law turned violent on 20 December.

Special Additional Session Judge Satish Kumar sought response from the police and slated the matter for 28 December for further hearing.

Former Congress MP Saiduzzaman made some serious allegations against Uttar Pradesh Police’s action against protesters in Muzaffarnagar.

Taking a swipe at the government’s decision to “seize and auction” property of rioters to pay off the damages caused to public property, Saiduzzaman said that who will compensate the damage to private property caused due to police excesses.

Six of the 15 accused in the violence witnessed in Delhi's Daryaganj on 20 December filed bail applications before the Tis Hazari Sessions Court. The matter will be heard today.

Five 'miscreants' have been arrested over violent demonstrations in North east Delhi’s Seelampur area had happened on 17 December. Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will lead a protest rally from Swami Vivekananda residence to Gandhi Bhawan in Kolkata.

Prashant Kishor, political strategist, takes on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Citizenship Act and National Register of Citizens on Tuesday and asked to declare no implementation of CAA or NRC in Congress ruled states.

The internet services in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh will remain suspended till 8 pm on 25 December, District Magistrate, Abhishek Prakash, said on Monday.

The services were snapped in several cities in view of violent protests against the newly amended Citizenship Act last week.

Protests erupted in different parts of the country including Uttar Pradesh over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, which grants Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis, Buddhists and Christians fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh and came to India on or before 31 December, 2014.

Restrictions under Section-144 of CrPC has also been imposed in various parts of the state due to the prevailing law and order situation.

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A journalist and a lawyer were arrested in Barabanki for allegedly inciting people through social media against the contentious law, police said on Monday.

Kamran Alvi, a journalist with a local news channel, and Dilkash Rizvi, the lawyer, had been sent to jail, Superintendent of Police Akash Tomar said.

According to reports, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha’s (youth wing) has called a Darjeeling bandh on 29 December, against National Register of Citizens (NRC) and Citizenship Amendment Act. The bandh has been called by Binoy Tamang faction of GJM and the group has said that everything will remain shut in the Darjeeling hills on that day.

On 21 December, Rizvi tried to incite communal passion and the people against the new law through Facebook Live and Alvi too tried to incite people and trigger riots through social media.

"On Monday as well, they tried to incite a crowd at the local sugarcane office. Therefore, both were arrested," he said.

In Assam, the police has arrested 393 people for their alleged involvement in the recent violent incidents and provocative posts on social media during demonstrations that turned violent in the state in the second week of December.

While addressing a press conference on Monday, Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said a total of 244 cases were registered and 393 people were arrested by the police so far.

Five people were killed and over 100 people were injured in the violent incidents happened in Guwahati and other parts of Assam during the anti-CAA protests.

Himanta Biswa Sarma said that Assam police has noticed 206 offensive and provocative posts on social media from 9 December, 2019, and registered 28 cases for such offensive and provocative posts.

"Police had arrested 10 people in connection with their offensive posts on social media and out of them, five were released on bail and five sent to judicial custody," Sarma said.

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Updated Date: Dec 25, 2019 00:20:15 IST