The Prime Minister also claimed that the Citizenship Amendment Act illustrated “India’s centuries-old culture of acceptance, harmony, compassion and brotherhood”.

Doesnt affect Indian citizen of any religion PM Modi reacts on CAB
news Monday, December 16, 2019 - 15:28

After protests against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in some Indian universities turned violent due to clashes between police and students on Sunday night, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given his first official statement on the matter on Twitter.

Calling the violent protests “unfortunate and deeply distressing”, the PM put out a series of tweets on Monday afternoon. He spoke against the damage to public property during the protests, which took place in the national capital at Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi, and later Aligarh Muslim University in Uttar Pradesh.

“Debate, discussion and dissent are essential parts of democracy but never has damage to public property and disturbance of normal life been a part of our ethos,” Modi said.

He also claimed that the Citizenship Amendment Act illustrated “India’s centuries-old culture of acceptance, harmony, compassion and brotherhood”.

Modi also said that “no Indian” had anything to worry about regarding CAA, and that it was only for those who have faced persecution outside India and have nowhere else to go except India.

Calling for unitedly working towards “development” and “empowerment of every Indian”, especially those who were disadvantaged and marginalised, Modi said, “We cannot allow vested interest groups to divide us and create a disturbance.”

The PM appealed people to refrain from rumour-mongering and falsehoods, too.

Earlier on Sunday, Modi had made some comments, which were called communal by many on social media. Speaking at a rally in Jharkhand’s Dumka, the PM had said that “those who were creating violence with regard to CAA could be identified by their clothes”.

On Sunday, protests against CAA grew violent after public buses and police vehicles were set on fire. When protesters clashed with the police in New Friends’ Colony (near JMI University), the latter dispersed the crowd with batons and teargas shells. According to reports, some protesters entered the campus, after which, the Delhi police entered the University campus and resulted in the clash with the students. 

Many students and some police officials were injured in the melee. Police detained around 50 students, who were later released in the early hours of Monday morning.

Protests at Aligarh Muslim University also turned violent on Sunday night, ultimately leading to a 24-hour internet shut down in Aligarh.

After police action at Jamia Millia Islamia Sunday, students at many other universities started protests expressing solidarity on Sunday night and Monday.

The institutions that have joined IIT-Madras, Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU), IISc Bengaluru, TISS in Mumbai, Delhi University and IIT Kanpur among others. 

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