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Andhra Capitals issue: TDP MLAs stages walk out after the speaker called marshals

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Andhra Pradesh, Jan 22: There was ruckus inside the Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Wednesday, with MLAs belonging to the opposition Telugu Desam Party walked out of the assembly after the speaker called marshals inside the house, to stop opposition MLAs from entering podium and raising slogans over the YSR Congress Party government’s move to create three capitals in the state.

Later the Speaker referred the matter of behaviour of TDP MLAs to the ethics committee.

As TDP lawmakers shouted slogans of ‘Jai Amaravati’, Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy said: “They are making a mockery of the democracy”. Amid the uproar, the Assembly Speaker appealed to the TDP MLAs to take their seats and also called in marshals inside the house.

On Monday, the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly had passed two Bills brought in by the Jaganmohan Reddy government for the creation of three capitals in the state. The Bills are due to be taken up by the Legislative Council today.

But the YSRCP government suffered a setback in the upper house on Tuesday, with the Legislative Council adopting a resolution moved by the TDP in the house disapproving the government’s policies.

While 27 members voted in favour of the resolution, 13 voted against it and nine MLCs abstained.

The YSRCP has nine MLCs in the 58-member house, while the TDP has 34 members.

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Plea in SC claims Kapil Mishra incited violence

The apex court is also slated to hear on Wednesday two separate petitions seeking removal of protesters from Shaheen Bagh. This plea has been tagged with this matter.

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Kapil Mishra in Jaffrabad

New Delhi, Feb 25 : The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a plea filed by Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad and former Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah and others seeking registration of FIRs in connection with the spurt in violence in Delhi over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

The plea also cited BJP leader Kapil Mishra’s tweet and held him responsible for inciting and orchestrating the violence.

This application was mentioned for urgent hearing before a bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and K.M. Joseph. The bench agreed to hear the matter on Wednesday.

The plea was filed by advocate Mehmood Pracha on behalf of Habibullah and Azad. “On the night of February 23, a member of the party in power at the Centre, Kapil Mishra, who is known for making speeches to instigate crowds into violence and vandalism, carried out a pro-CAA rally next to the Maujpur-Babarpur Metro Station, which is 2 kms away from the peaceful protest that was going on at Jaffrabad”, said the plea, blaming Mishra for the violence citing media reports.

The apex court is also slated to hear on Wednesday two separate petitions seeking removal of protesters from Shaheen Bagh. This plea has been tagged with this matter.

The plea said Mishra initially gathered his supporters and started raising violence-inciting slogans. Then, in an orchestrated move, he left the place after having incited the crowd, “after which violence erupted in Jaffrabad and the peaceful protesters were forced to run for safety.”

The plea also contended that persons hurt in the attack on the night of February 23 had filed complaints with the police, but no action has been taken by the police against these perpetrators. The plea claimed unrest has escalated throughout the day with horrific incidents of violence and arson.

“As per various reports, anti-social elements from the surrounding villages of UP have entered Delhi in buses and trucks and have been attacking the residents of Delhi and the peaceful protesters. The police are refusing to register any FIRs against the attackers”, said the plea.

The plea said that open threats have given to the women protesters at Shaheen Bagh claiming they will meet the same fate as that meted out to peaceful women protesters at Jaffrabad and Chandbagh.

The plea said Mishra incited violence and social activist Bahadur Abbas Naqvi have also sought direction to authorities to ensure safety of women sitting in protest against the CAA at Shaheen Bagh and other places in the national capital.

The plea urged the apex court to provide adequate security for safety of the women at Shaheen Bagh and other places in Delhi.

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Police fire to disperse crowd after protesters target riot vehicle

Rioters used stones, sticks and country-made firearms as pro- and anti-CAA demonstrators clashed.

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Jaffrabad CAA Clash

New Delhi, Feb 25 : Police on Tuesday fired in the air after the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters pelted stones on police vehicles in northeast Delhi.

The situation in the area remained tense since morning as number of shops were gutted in the fire Monday’s violence.

The firing by the police started after the anti-CAA protesters pelted stones on Vajra riot vehicles.

The police first fired tear gas shells to disperse the heavy crowd protesting near the Jaffrabad metro station.

But when they saw that the situation was going out of control they opened fire in the air.

The police had already made adequate security arrangements in the area following Monday’s violence with the paramilitary and Rapid action Force (RAF).

The police chased the protesters away from the Jaffrabad metro premises.

Around 70-80 rounds of bullets were fired by the police to disperse the heavy crowd.

On Monday, there were reports of violence and arson from the areas as Delhi Police confirmed that seven people, including a police head constable, had died in the rioting that has continued sporadically across several localities since Saturday.

Rioters used stones, sticks and country-made firearms as pro- and anti-CAA demonstrators clashed.

The number of injured persons is also piling up at the GTB hospital in northeast Delhi.

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Over 15 people sustain bullets wounds in pro- and anti-CAA violence

“we have received a total of 93 injured persons and there are five deaths as of now. Fresh data will be released by tonight.” Said Dr Kalra GTB

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CAA Violence

New Delhi, Feb 25 : Casualties were piling up at Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital amid violent clashes between pro- and anti-CAA protesters in northeast Delhi.

One of the doctors at the hospital who treated the injured told IANS that more than 15 people have sustained bullet injuries.

GTB Hospital has confirmed five deaths till Tuesday. Speaking with IANS, Dr Rajesh Kalra, Additional Medical Superintendent of the hospital said “we have received a total of 93 injured persons and there are five deaths as of now. Fresh data will be released by tonight.”

Dr Kalra also said “mostly they are blunt trauma injuries and firearm injuries. One is a petrol victim also. Most minor injuries but 2 to 3 persons were operated on Monday and few more to be operated today.”

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