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Violent clashes in Delhi over Citizenship Act, buses torched

Source: PTI
December 15, 2019 19:05 IST

Protesters agitating against the amended Citizenship Act clashed with police on Sunday and set afire Delhi Transport Corporation buses and a fire tender in New Friends' Colony in southeast Delhi leaving a cop and two fire personnel injured, police said.

IMAGE: A bus set ablaze by protestors against the Citizenship Amendment Act at Mathura Road, in New Delhi. Photograph: ANI

A Delhi Fire Services official said four fire tenders were rushed to the spot.

One fire tender was completely damaged and two personnel were injured in the violence by the protesters.

 

Saimon Farooqui, the national secretary of Congress-affiliated National Students' Union of India, claimed the protesters were peacefully sitting on Mathura Road when policemen tried to "trouble" a couple of them, who resisted.

IMAGE: Vehicles were torched as anti-citizenship protesters clashed with police. Photograph: ANI

A Jamia Millia Islamia students' group said they had nothing to do with the arson and violence. They alleged that "local elements" joined the protest and "disrupted" it.

They said they returned to campus as the protest turned violent and were protesting on the campus peacefully.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that no one should indulge in violence.

IMAGE: A vandalized fire tender is seen along a road. Photograph: /PTI Photo

"No one shud indulge in violence. Any kind of violence is unacceptable. Protests shud remain peaceful," Kejriwal tweeted.

Some of the protesters claimed that the police baton charged them when they were holding a peaceful agitation.

IMAGE: Firefighters douse a bus which was set on fire by protesters. Photograph: ANI

Police lathicharged the protesters and used teargas, Farooqui said.

A student claimed that after the policemen used force, some protesters torched buses and indulged in vandalism.

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