New Delhi: In a violent turn to the protest against Citizen Amendment Act, 2019 (CAA), protesters in New Delhi set ablaze four buses of the Delhi Transport Corporation. The clash took place after police lathi charged the students of Jamia Milia Islamia on Mathura Road in south-east Delhi.
Protesters and police hurled stones at each other after the protest became violent. The MLA of Aam Admi Party, Amanathullah Khan, along with his followers were at the site of the violence protesting against the Act. The police allege that the MLA was behind the violence.
One police officer said, “The buses were burnt down on the other side of Amantullaah’s Protest site. His presence at the crime spot hasn’t been established. But certainly can’t deny his role since he is the local MLA,”
The situation in West Bengal has also not calm down, after three days of protests in the state against CAA. Violence was reported from Nadia, North 24 Parganas, and Howrah districts. Protesters blocked several thoroughfares and also set ablaze wooden logs in several streets.
In North 24 Parganas several shops were ransacked and tyres burnt on the roads. Internet services were suspended in several areas of the state to prevent further violence.
The violence continued even after Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, appealed for peace. Interestingly, Banerjee was one of the most vocal critic of the Act and her utterances gave moral strength to the protesters in the beginning.