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IIM-Bangalore students flay violent attack in JNU

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Picture 7th Jan, IISc Bangalore Students Protest Against Attack on JNU Students.

Bengaluru, Jan 8 : A sizeable number of students from the Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore (IIM-B) on Wednesday condemned the violent attacks on faculty members and students at Delhi-based Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on January 5 by issuing a statement in solidarity.

“Attack on JNU faculty and students is an attack on the foundation of India. We condemn it in the strongest possible sense and stand in solidarity with JNU,” said a statement signed by 268 students and a few IIM-B faculty members in their personal capacity.

The students said India has always valued discussion and thrived on debate for the millennia, making its subjects open and tolerant.

“Our republic was founded on recognising the fundamental dignity of a human and a grand unity that transcends all differences,” said the management students.

IIM-B students also highlighted that institutions of learning are sacred spaces meant to foster diverse perspectives to encourage independent thinking in a peaceful way.

“The systematic way in which universities have been targeted to silence ideological dissent is not acceptable under any terms,” said the students and faculty members.

Proactive faculty members solicit interested students in the premier management school to sign up for statements, protests and other vocal demonstrations on any particular issue playing out in the country.

A statement from the students and select faculty members is not always the official position of IIM-B, as many students remain neutral or some take the opposite stand.

“We, members of IIM-Bangalore, in our independent capacity, strongly and unreservedly condemn the attack on JNU campus,” said the statement.

Several students and faculty members have already spoken out and demonstrated against the violence in Jamia Millia Islamia and the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in the recent past.

The students also wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, pleading him not to trample the democratic rights of citizens to peacefully protest.

According to an IIM-B source, the institution is also planning to encourage a debate culture on issues capturing the imagination of the country, in a bid to deviate students away from protests and other forms of dissent.

Elsewhere, on the day of attack in JNU, National Law School of India University (NLSIU) students took out a candle light vigil on campus.

“We have been going to protests that are happening in Bengaluru city. We went to the Townhall and on Tuesday we conducted an overnight student-led protest at hotel Maurya near Racecourse Road,” Pranav Dhawan, a student from NLSIU, told IANS.

NLSIU students are also organising door-to-door campaign against CAA, National Register of Citizens (NRC) and attacks on universities.

“We are conducing door-to-door campaigns close to our campus. We meet shopkeepers, people on the street and others to explain about CAA and NRC, among others,” said Dhawan.

The varsity students are also conducting interactive discussions on the campus post dinner, roping in eminent speakers to deliberate on burning topics.

On Monday, the students discussed topics such as the CAA and assault on Constitutional values, which was presided over by senior advocate Aditya Sondhi with 200 people in attendance, including outsiders.

Sondhi spoke about Article 14, Article 21 and Constitutional morality, among others, Dhawan said.

Gowtham Bhatia, NLSIU alumna and legal columnist, and activist Yogendra Yadav have also been roped in for such talks.

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Shots fired in Maujpur, vehicles vandalised

Pro, anti-CAA groups clash in northeast Delhi’s Maujpur

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Anti CAA and Pro CAA Protest in Delhi Pic : Credit @drpandey

The Delhi Metro also closed entry and exit at Jaffrabad and Maujpur-Babarpur stations as an uneasy calm prevailed in the area.

Situation continued to remain volatile in north-east Delhi, with fresh cases of stone pelting reported from near the Babarpur-Maujpur metro station on Monday.

Several rounds of stone pelting between pro- and anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) protesters took place.

After the anti-CAA protesters set their cars on fire, the pro-CAA group retaliated by setting shops and a house on fire. Around four cars were damaged and as many shops were targetted.

Police fired tear gas shells to disperse the protesters. A few policemen also attempted to pacify the groups. But the clashes were happening in several pockets due to which police force was taking time to reach the spots.

The Delhi Metro also closed entry and exit at Jaffrabad and Maujpur-Babarpur stations as an uneasy calm prevailed in the area.

On Sunday, a clash broke out in the area between the two groups around 1 km from the Jaffarabad Metro Station, where one side of the carriageway had been blocked by anti-CAA protesters since morning. After slogan shouting from both sides, the groups started pelting stones at each other, leading to chaos in the area.

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NRC will not be implemented in Bihar: Nitish

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Patna, Feb 23: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar reiterated on Sunday that the National Register for Citizens would not be implemented in Bihar and only the National Population Register would be updated the way it was done in 2010.

The Janata Dal (United) president had in December already made its stand clear that the NRC would not be implemented in the state, though the party supported the Centre’s Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

“NRC is not going to be implemented here (in Bihar) and only NPR will be carried out the way it was done in the year 2010. It will be done on the basis of that only,” Kumar said in an official release.

He said this while addressing a function at the Maulana Azad National Urdu University at Chandanpatti in Hayaghat block of Darbhanga district, where he laid foundation stones for several schemes worth Rs 80 crore pertaining to minority welfare department.

Kumar laid stones for a 100-bed hostel at Biraul in Darbhanga, 100-bed hostel each for girl and boy for the university students, G plus three multi-storeyed building at waqf land and 560-capacity intake minority residential school, the release said.

Kumar had asked the Centre to drop new columns in NPR forms like parents’ places of birth and Aadhaar, saying they were “not necessary” and might lead to apprehensions.

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Anti-CAA protest turns violent in Aligarh, Internet blocked

The police lathicharged the protesters and also used tear gas shells to disperse the crowd.

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Aligarh, Feb 23 : The protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) turned violent on Sunday evening after the women sitting on protest were asked to move from there.

Many shops, two-wheelers and police barricades were set ablaze and stone pelting was reported from Babri Mandi, Ghas-ki-Mandi and Upperkot.

The police lathicharged the protesters and also used tear gas shells to disperse the crowd.

The administration has also blocked Internet services in the area from 6 p.m. to 12 midnight.

A huge crowd has gathered to protest against the CAA and the NRC at Shahjamal Idgah here. Women protesters have been removed from Upperkot Kotwali area. The crowd has been chanting anti-government slogans.

Several Bhim Army workers were also present among the protesters at Delhi Gate and Upperkot area.

The police said the women started throwing stones at police vehicles. The police said they have identified several students of Aligarh Muslim University who are involved in the stone pelting incident.

Heavy police force has been deployed at Delhi Gate and Upperkot.

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