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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

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'.

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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

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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."

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."

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Dec 24, 2019 - 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.

Dec 24, 2019 - 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

Dec 24, 2019 - 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. 
 
 

Dec 24, 2019 - 22:06 (IST)

In pictures: Protest against CAA in Karnataka's Hubli

Dec 24, 2019 - 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.

Dec 24, 2019 - 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.

Dec 24, 2019 - 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.

Dec 24, 2019 - 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

Dec 24, 2019 - 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!"

Dec 24, 2019 - 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.

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.

Citizenship Amendment Act protests Updates NPR first step for NRC says Derek OBrien TMC leader accuses Centre of trying to fool people

Representational image. ANI

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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