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“We’re With You”: Shashi Tharoor Visits Jamia, Shaheen Bagh, JNU In Delhi

Shashi Tharoor joined the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act at Jamia Millia Islamia university and the neighbouring Shaheen Bagh.

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Ashi Ghosh with Shashi Tharoor

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor joined the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) at Jamia Millia Islamia university and the neighbouring Shaheen Bagh area in Delhi to express his solidarity with the students and protesters on Sunday. Later he visited the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) as well.

“You are an inspiration to every democrat in the country. We stand with you, we stand with the courage you have shown. We stand with spirit and the faith you have in the Indian constitution. This is a fight for everybody,” the Congress MP said at Jamia.

“The party stands with the students and is against the Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens,” he said. Mr Tharoor was accompanied by Delhi Congress President Subhash Chopra and ex-Seelampur MLA Mateen Ahmed.

Later, Mr Tharoor tweeted, “It was fabulous to see the courage, passion & determination of the women of Shaheen Bagh. Including the nonagenarian ‘dadis’ who have held a fast since the start. Addressed them all with great admiration.”

He took a metro train to visit JNU and stand with students who were attacked by a masked mob last Sunday.

Message to JNU students awaiting me: Decided to give up battling the traffic near ShaheenBagh & have taken the metro instead to get to you. Will still be late, but not as late as if I’d stuck to four wheels! See you all soon! Looking forward to our interaction.

At JNU, Mr Tharoor condemned the mob attack in which masked goons carrying iron rods and sledgehammers barged into the campus and went on an unchecked three-hour rampage that left students and teachers injured.

Mr Tharoor also spoke about the Citizenship Act, saying that it is the first time that religious test has been introduced into the definition of Indian citizenship. “Never before in our country has it mattered what your religion was to qualify to be an Indian citizen. The fact that this government doesn’t understand that is the biggest shame of all,” he was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

For nearly a month now, protests have raged at Shaheen Bagh in Delhi, gaining nationwide attention as demonstrations erupted across India over the Citizenship Amendment Act which critics say is anti-Muslim.

More than 200 women have sat and slept across a four-lane road that connects Delhi and Noida while hundreds others have joined every day, in protest against the controversial law which gives Hindus, Buddhists, Sikh and other minorities who have fled neighbouring countries the right to Indian citizenship – but excludes Muslims.

The Shaheen Bagh women took over the road after a brutal police crackdown on a demonstration last month by students at the nearby Jamia Millia Islamia university against the citizenship law which makes religion a criteria for citizenship for the first time in in India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling BJP have insisted the law is “humanitarian” and that Muslims have nothing to worry about, but opponents are not convinced and have held rallies across the nation — often met with police force.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Army should be called to curb Delhi violence: Arvind Kejriwal

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that police is “unable” to control violence in northeastern part of the national capital where horrific clashes between pro and anti-citizenship law protesters since Sunday have killed 20 people, including a policeman.

A day after Kejriwal met Union Home Minister Amit Shah over the clashes and said that “police could not do anything” to prevent trouble, Kejriwal today suggested that “Army should be called in”.

“I have been in touch wid large no of people whole nite. Situation alarming. Police, despite all its efforts, unable to control situation and instil confidence. Army shud be called in and curfew imposed in rest of affected areas immediately. Am writing to Hon’ble HM to this effect (sic),” Kejriwal tweeted this morning.

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No cognizable offence: Delhi police on ‘goli maaro’ remark

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New Delhi, Feb 26 The Crime Branch of Delhi Police on Wednesday said that “no cognizable offence is made out” against BJP lawmakers Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma for their alleged inflammatory remarks.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Brinda Karat had filed a complaint against the leaders on charges of outraging religious feelings, intending to provoke breach of trust and criminal intimidation.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vishal Pahuja had, earlier this month, directed the police to file an Action Taken Report (ATR) in the complaint.

In the report filed on Wednesday, the police stated, “On the basis of allegations levelled in the complaint, no cognizable offence has been found to be committed.”

It said that the subsequent violence in the national capital have “no connection to the speeches mentioned in the complaint”.

They further sought more time to file a final ATR in the matter. “Situation in Delhi is such that police is busy and hence we want more time.”

The court heard the arguments from both sides and slated the matter to March 2 for pronouncement of order.

During the course of proceedings, counsel representing Karat, contended that the statements had “springboard effect”.

“We filed the complaint before the police commissioner but no action has been taken so far. Had it been taken on time, subsequent incident would not have happened,” advocate Tara Narula said.

The application was filed under Section 156(3) of the Code of Criminal Procedure which empowers a magistrate to direct the police to conduct investigation into any matter.

An inflammatory slogan “desh ke gaddaron ko goli maaro s*** ko” was chanted at a public rally addressed by Thakur on January 27 in Delhi’s Rithala area. Thakur had allegedly egged on his audience to respond to the slogan.

Verma was reported as saying that mosques and graveyards had come up in over 500 government properties in the national capital, including hospitals and schools.

He said that the land where these “illegal structures” have come up belong to the Delhi Development Authority, Municipal Corporations of Delhi, Delhi Jal Board and many other government agencies.

Thakur and Verma were then barred from campaigning by the Election Commission for 72 hours and 96 hours respectively in the run-up to the February 8 Delhi Assembly polls.

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Delhi HC to hear plea seeking SIT probe on violence in North-East Delhi

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New Delhi, Feb 26: Delhi High Court on Wednesday set to hear three matters including setting up of a special investigation team (SIT) to inquire into the incident of violence in North-East Delhi and compensation for those killed and injured in the violence.

Third matter is action against several political leaders for allegedly inciting violence through their hate speeches.
In second matter court to hear a plea of School and students regarding the change the centre of board exams from violence-hit Chandu Nagar (Karawal Nagar) to another.

This petition most likely to get disposed of or get infructious as CBSE has already late evening of Tuesday has postpone the board exam date of more than 80 schools related to violence hit areas of north east delhi.
Thirdly court to hear an another plea also seeking safe passage of injured victims of violence in New Delhi to medical institutions with adequate facilities. Midnight hearing also took place before Justices S. Muralidhar and Anup J. Bhambhani of the Delhi High Court regarding this.

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