Kolkata Police Lathicharge as BJP, Left Supporters Face Off

Kolkata Police Lathicharge as BJP, Left Supporters Face Off

Kolkata: Protests against the attack on JNU students rocked parts of West Bengal. Police baton charged supporters of the Left and the BJP when the two sides engaged in a face-off in Kolkata. Earlier in the day, students of Jadavpur University joined the nationwide protests by raising slogans, burning tyres and singing songs against the RSS-affiliated ABVP and BJP government at the centre.

Starting at the JU campus, the rally took a U-turn, proceeded towards the Jadavpur Police Station and proceeded towards the Sulekha More. Eminent personalities such as filmmaker Anik Dutta and music manager Debojyoti Mishra joined the rally.

Beating up of teachers and students by goons and attacking girls’ hostel brought shame. ‘such attacks won’t deter us from continuing our struggle against fascist forces,’ a JU student said. Later in the day, CPI(M) and other Left parties also took out a rally from Jadavpur 8B Bus stand to Sulekha More. The students of Jadavpur University, activists of the SFI and members of other Left outfits took out a rally from 8B Bus Stand to Sulekha More in the evening.

A march was taken from the BJP from Bagha Jatin More to Jadavpur Police Station over the JNU issue and also ransacking of its party office in the area on Sunday night. Both sides came face to face at Sulekha More, leading to a brawl. BJP activists allegedly pelted stones prompting them to burn the flags of the BJP and ABVP.

JNU Violence: Masked, Armed ABVP Members Identified SFI supporters claimed that BJP workers used expletives. To be able to disperse the protesters after repeated efforts police supporters of the Left and the BJP as the two sides engaged in a face off. Police personnel were seen brutally beating up the protesters, including students and girls. Later on, South Suburban Division Deputy Commissioner of Police Sudip Sarkar said the intention of the baton charge wasn’t to beat up the students.

‘Our intention wasn’t to beat up the students. It was due to a confusion that some students were hurt. We wanted to disperse the BJP and ABVP supporters. We’re ready to apologise if any student is hurt,’ Sarkar told reporters.

‘We condemn violence within the JNU campus, which is a cradle of free and liberal thinking. Wish to impose their ideology on us and BJP and the ABVP wish to suppress thought. But we will continue our fight’ a Presidency University student said.

The Congress pupils’ wing burnt effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah on College Street. The wing, Trinamool Chatra Parishad of the Trinamool Congress student , also took out rallies in various parts of the state. Rallies were taken out by college and university students throughout the state. Earlier in the day, West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, termed the attack on teachers and students at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University as a’fascist surgical strike’ from the BJP. The saffron camp was quick to return fire and requested Banerjee to stop shedding ‘crocodile tears’. The attack triggered protests across the nation on Monday and the clamour grew for the resignation of the vice chancellor, who’s being blamed for inaction during the violence which left 34 people injured.

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J&K Police vehicle crushes 16-year-old to death, clashes break out in the Nowgam of Srinagar

J&K Police vehicle crushes 16-year-old to death, clashes break out in the Nowgam of Srinagar

Srinagar: Enormous clashes erupted in the Nowgam area of Srinagar Tuesday after a 16-year-old boy was crushed to death by a car used by the Jammu and Kashmir Police’s Armed Battalion while to tuition classes on his way.

The boy was identified as Tehseen Nazir, a student of Candid Public School. Ahmed described Tehseen as’the light of his eyes’ that had been brutally snatched away from him.

The incident took place. People angered by the accident as well as the authorities not returning the body of the deceased youth set up barricades to block the street and engaged the police in clashes that continued throughout the day.

The clashes resulted in injuries to four people, including a girl, who had been admitted to a hospital for treatment. Hospital police told ThePrint the injured included a shopkeeper named Mohammad Yousuf, who was wounded after a tear gas shell pierced through his thigh.

Police statement

The J&K Police issued a statement, calling the death of Tehseen an collision.

‘when collided The road traffic accident occurred, and two individuals sustained injuries. The injured persons were shifted to hospital for treatment of injuries; however, one of those injured persons, identified as Tehseen Nazir of Nowgam, succumbed while the other person injured continues to get treatment in the hospital and is stated to be stable,’ it said.

Officials added that an FIR has been filed and an investigation has begun.

Meanwhile, residents alleged that the authorities, soon took the boy’s body with them and chased away audiences . The mother of tehseen, also, was allegedly beaten up, the family claimed.

Residents showed window panes of the homes, accusing the police force of participating in’brute and excessive force’.

Family inconsolable

For the family of Tehseen, however, an inquiry into the matter seems to be of value. The inconsolable family was still awaiting the body of Tehseen Tuesday noon when ThePrint visited.

‘I was going to work when I heard that a death had taken place nearby. At that time, I didn’t know my son was killed. I saw crowds gathering at the spot, but I passed them and walked towards my school. I was called by someone on my mobile phone later. He told me that a boy was killed in an accident and that his bag was lying on the street side,’ Ahmed said.

‘They had found a notebook in the bag where they found out who’d been murdered and that’s. The laptop had a name written. Tehseen Nazir,’ Ahmed said, breaking down.

Wife and his daughter weren’t able to talk when ThePrint visited the family. They have snatched him. His small body bruised and crushed, lying on the street side. Alone and how chilly must he have felt in his last moments. My heart broke into a million pieces,’ Ahmed added.

A woman relative of the family who lives nearby and did not want to be named claimed damage had been caused by the police .

‘They entered our homes breaking everything in their way and killed an innocent boy. We do not have arms or stones Allah’s justice. I hope that those responsible for the death meet justice,’ she said.

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Bench headed to hear issue of women’s entry in Sabarimala temple

Bench headed to hear issue of women’s entry in Sabarimala temple

The nine-judge bench was set up following a five-judge bench headed by then CJI Ranjan Gogoi, by a 3:2 majority verdict, referred the issue to a seven-judge bench while analyzing the review petition filed against the historical September 28, 2018 decision that had enabled women of all ages to enter Sabarimala temple.

Besdies Justice Gogoi, Justices A M Khanwilkar and Indu Malhotra (the lone woman judge on the bench) were in majority while Justices R F Nariman and D Y Chandrachud had penned a minority verdict on November 14, 2019.

On the nine-judge bench, which will hear the matter from January 13, there are no judges from the previous benches.

The top court had on Monday issued a notice informing about listing of the request filed by Indian Young Lawyers Association seeking review of this 2018 conclusion.

However, the names of the judges were declared.

While referring the issue to a larger bench, the five-judge chair had nevertheless said that the debate concerning the constitutional validity of spiritual practices like bar on entry of women and girls into a place of worship was not restricted to the Sabarimala case.

The top court said these limitations are there with respect to entry of Muslim women into mosques and’dargahs’ and Parsi women, married to non-Parsi men, being barred from the holy fire place of an Agyari. It said it was time for the apex court to evolve a policy to perform’complete and substantial justice’.

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Assam student bodies threaten ‘massive agitation’ if PM Modi visits say

Assam student bodies threaten ‘massive agitation’ if PM Modi visits say

New Delhi: Amid the continuing protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and the North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) have said they will stage a’massive agitation’ if Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the nation.

‘We will stage a huge agitation if PM Modi visits Assam today, after reducing our ethnicity and treating us like second-class citizens,’ AASU chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya said in New Delhi Tuesday. The threat comes before the Khelo India Youth Games 2020 that Assam is set to host, along with Maharashtra, from 10-22 January.

The PM may inaugurate the sporting event after Khelo India CEO Avinash Joshi sent him an invite; however, officials are awaiting confirmation from the PMO.

AASU had also said earlier that it would launch protests if Modi visited Guwahati to inaugurate the matches.

Addressing the press in Delhi Tuesday, Bhattacharya reiterated,’We’re more than pleased (that Assam is hosting Khelo India), and we welcome the sportspersons who will come to Assam to engage. But we will stage large protests if PM Modi comes to Assam.’

The first edition of this sporting event was inaugurated by the PM in New Delhi in 2018.

Modi was in Assam last month to participate in the annual India-Japan summit, where he was scheduled to host counterpart Shinzo Abe on 15 December. The Japan PM, however, cancelled his trip after the violent protests in Guwahati against the new citizenship legislation.

Two-day protest march from Wednesday

Bhattacharya, who is also an advisor to NESO, said the students’ organisation would also hold a two-day protest march with black flags across public places and educational institutions from Wednesday, to send across a message to the government that Assam will ‘never accept’ the new citizenship legislation.

He said constant illegal immigration in the Northeast over the years has resulted in internal disturbances from’elements of outside aggression’. ‘By violating the Assam Accord, Modi and Amit Shah have now isolated the Northeastern region and are responsible for playing our’Indianness’,’ he said.

NESO president Samuel Jyrwa, who was also present at the press conference, said the Modi government was only using the people of the Northeast for vote bank politics, which has’crippled both states politically and economically’.

‘Northeast has become a guinea pig for the political harvest of this BJP government,’ he said.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, exempts areas below the Inner Line Permit system and Sixth Schedule from the purview of this Act.

The student bodies expressed disappointment over the execution of ILP and 6th Program only in specific areas of Northeast.

‘In Tripura, the inhabitants fabric has changed so much over the years due to illegal immigration the native Tripuri community only represents 30 per cent of the entire nation’s population. We do not need Assam to be another Tripura,’ the NESO president included. Assam and Tripura, which share the border with Bangladesh in the region, don’t have the ILP system in place.

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