Nationwise rallies for and against law held in Mumbai, no fresh violence in UP
Over 350 people were detained in Delhi on Friday for trying to stage a demonstration outside the Uttar Pradesh bhawan against alleged police excesses in the state during the turmoil over the CAA, even as the protests outside the Jama Masjid after weekly prayers passed without any outward incident amid a heavy deployment of security personnel.
The day also saw demonstrations against the controversial legislation and the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise at South Delhi's Jor Bagh, Jamia Milia Islamia University and Kalindi Kunj in southeast Delhi and in northeast's Seekampur. No detentions or clashes were reported at these locations as stated by the police.
A sudden mobile internet shutdown on Friday, in 21 districts in Uttar Pradesh, including the state's capital Lucknow and in Ghaziabad an i nthe outskirts of New Delhi as the precautionary measure for Friday prayers, threw users into a tizzy ahead of the New Year by disrupting communications. Internet was expected to be reasumed at midnight on Friday.
Struggling to move past the clashes that have gripped Uttar Pradesh over the past two weeks, local residents tried to get life back in order. In interviews with atleast 30 residents across Muzaffarnagar, Meerut and Bijnor, HT found a deepening of communal fault lines and a growing trust deficit between Muslims and law-enforcement agencies.
One of the first tasks that next foreign secretary Harsh Shringla is expected to focus on when he assumes office next month is reparing India- Bangladesh relations that have been hit by issues related to the CAA and the National Register of Citizens, people familiar with developements said on Friday
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