Photos: Looking back, a year after CAA protests turned violent at Jamia

On December 12, 2019, the government amended the Citizenship Act, 1955, to fast-track the grant of Indian citizenship to members of the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities from the Muslim-majority nations of Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The linking of citizenship with religion triggered widespread protests across the country, including at Jamia Millia Islamia and Shaheen Bagh in New Delhi. Protests over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, in the nearby New Friends Colony area took a violent turn on December 15, leaving at least 200 people injured and damaging several public and private vehicles as well as public property. A return to the events of the day -- one year since.

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Violence over the amended citizenship act rocked the national capital on December 15, with public buses being set on fire in a busy south Delhi colony and police using tear gas on protesters gathered near Jamia Millia Islamia, a university that has remained tense following clashes on December 13 over the new law that had also roiled the North-east over the past week. (Sanjeev Verma / HT Photo)

Violence over the amended citizenship act rocked the national capital on December 15, with public buses being set on fire in a busy south Delhi colony and police using tear gas on protesters gathered near Jamia Millia Islamia, a university that has remained tense following clashes on December 13 over the new law that had also roiled the North-east over the past week. (Sanjeev Verma / HT Photo)

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The police said people agitating against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) set fire to at least four buses and several two-wheelers in New Friends Colony, following which they fired tear gas shells and lathi-charged the protesters to disperse them. The university said its students were not behind the violence, and that people from outside the campus were involved in the clashes with the police. (Sanjeev Verma / HT Photo)

The police said people agitating against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) set fire to at least four buses and several two-wheelers in New Friends Colony, following which they fired tear gas shells and lathi-charged the protesters to disperse them. The university said its students were not behind the violence, and that people from outside the campus were involved in the clashes with the police. (Sanjeev Verma / HT Photo)

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Police personnel pelt stones back as students at Jamia Millia Islamia stage a protest against the CAA on December 13. The violence came two days after protesting students were lathi-charged by police at the university, after which 50 people were detained and large gatherings banned in the area. The Jamia Millia students’ community as well as the teachers’ association distanced themselves from the violence and arson. (HT Photo)

Police personnel pelt stones back as students at Jamia Millia Islamia stage a protest against the CAA on December 13. The violence came two days after protesting students were lathi-charged by police at the university, after which 50 people were detained and large gatherings banned in the area. The Jamia Millia students’ community as well as the teachers’ association distanced themselves from the violence and arson. (HT Photo)

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A person walks past a street strewn with bricks and pebbles outside Jamia Millia Islamia on December 15. Dozens were injured in the clashes over four hours in the area surrounding Jamia Millia Islamia on Sunday, police said. A witness said protesters and police could be seen hurling stones at each. Agitators also vandalised property at some places, he said. (Saaliq Sheikh / AP)

A person walks past a street strewn with bricks and pebbles outside Jamia Millia Islamia on December 15. Dozens were injured in the clashes over four hours in the area surrounding Jamia Millia Islamia on Sunday, police said. A witness said protesters and police could be seen hurling stones at each. Agitators also vandalised property at some places, he said. (Saaliq Sheikh / AP)

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Students take shelter in a mosque. “We have no issues with the university’s students,” said Chinmoy Biswal, deputy commissioner of police (south-east) late December 15 amid allegations by students that the police barged into the campus and beat them up, including those who were studying in the central library. On these allegations , the DCP said the “peculiar” nature of the varsity prompted the police to enter the campus. (Adnan Abidi / REUTERS)

Students take shelter in a mosque. “We have no issues with the university’s students,” said Chinmoy Biswal, deputy commissioner of police (south-east) late December 15 amid allegations by students that the police barged into the campus and beat them up, including those who were studying in the central library. On these allegations , the DCP said the “peculiar” nature of the varsity prompted the police to enter the campus. (Adnan Abidi / REUTERS)

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Students said at least 70 students were injured in the clashes that ensued on December 15 after protests against the CAA and the possibility of a nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise. Zia-ur-Rahman, 14, who had come to Delhi to prepare for entrance exams to Jamia school, was among those injured. Rahman had fractured his hand and was among the 25 students taken to a hospital for treatment. (ANI)

Students said at least 70 students were injured in the clashes that ensued on December 15 after protests against the CAA and the possibility of a nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise. Zia-ur-Rahman, 14, who had come to Delhi to prepare for entrance exams to Jamia school, was among those injured. Rahman had fractured his hand and was among the 25 students taken to a hospital for treatment. (ANI)

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Ladeeda Sakhaloon, an undergraduate student whose image went viral during a protest, said she was pleading with protesters to refrain from any violence. Sakhaloon and friends, including at least two female students, were lathi-charged by police later on December 15. Following these clashes, the protesters moved towards the university when police entered campus as they said that some members from the mob were inside. (ANI)

Ladeeda Sakhaloon, an undergraduate student whose image went viral during a protest, said she was pleading with protesters to refrain from any violence. Sakhaloon and friends, including at least two female students, were lathi-charged by police later on December 15. Following these clashes, the protesters moved towards the university when police entered campus as they said that some members from the mob were inside. (ANI)

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Students with their hands raised above their heads leave the Jamia Milia University. Biswal said that the police’s entry into the Jamia campus was necessary as many protesters ran into the varsity premises while being chased by the police. “They needed to be brought out and the campus secured,” he said, denying that the police targeted students inside. (Adnan Abidi / REUTERS)

Students with their hands raised above their heads leave the Jamia Milia University. Biswal said that the police’s entry into the Jamia campus was necessary as many protesters ran into the varsity premises while being chased by the police. “They needed to be brought out and the campus secured,” he said, denying that the police targeted students inside. (Adnan Abidi / REUTERS)

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The police shut at least 16 Metro stations and several roads across Delhi to prevent students from gathering at venues such as the police headquarters. A large group, however, collected outside the Delhi Police headquarters near ITO around 9pm on December 15 to protest the force’s handling of the situation. They raised anti-police slogans in an agitation call by the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students’ union and other students’ bodies. (Amal KS / HT Photo)

The police shut at least 16 Metro stations and several roads across Delhi to prevent students from gathering at venues such as the police headquarters. A large group, however, collected outside the Delhi Police headquarters near ITO around 9pm on December 15 to protest the force’s handling of the situation. They raised anti-police slogans in an agitation call by the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students’ union and other students’ bodies. (Amal KS / HT Photo)

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Jamia Chief Proctor Waseem Ahmed Khan claimed the police entered the campus forcibly without permission and beat up staffers and students. As many as 50 students were detained, but were released around 3.30am on December 16. Protests erupted on campuses across the country and continued through the night. The situation turned violent in the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) after the students clashed with cops. (Manvender Vashist / PTI)

Jamia Chief Proctor Waseem Ahmed Khan claimed the police entered the campus forcibly without permission and beat up staffers and students. As many as 50 students were detained, but were released around 3.30am on December 16. Protests erupted on campuses across the country and continued through the night. The situation turned violent in the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) after the students clashed with cops. (Manvender Vashist / PTI)

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Students leave the university on December 16. Students of Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU), in Hyderabad, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in Varanasi and Kolkata’s Jadavpur University also held demonstrations in solidarity with the Jamia students. (Kamal Kishore / PTI)

Students leave the university on December 16. Students of Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU), in Hyderabad, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in Varanasi and Kolkata’s Jadavpur University also held demonstrations in solidarity with the Jamia students. (Kamal Kishore / PTI)

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A group of Jamia Millia students stood shirtless in the bone-chilling cold outside the university gates on December 16 to protest the police action against their colleagues a day earlier. Slogans of “inquilab zindabad” rent the air as the group of around 10 students, accompanied by their fellow colleagues, took out a small march, demanding a CBI inquiry into the “police brutality”. (PTI)

A group of Jamia Millia students stood shirtless in the bone-chilling cold outside the university gates on December 16 to protest the police action against their colleagues a day earlier. Slogans of “inquilab zindabad” rent the air as the group of around 10 students, accompanied by their fellow colleagues, took out a small march, demanding a CBI inquiry into the “police brutality”. (PTI)

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Security personnel outside Jamia Millia Islamia on December 14, almost a year after the violence. Following the events of December 15, the university strengthened security, repaired the damaged libraries. During the three-month long protest, the boundary walls of the campus had been painted with protest graffiti, murals and art installations celebrating resistance, unity and brotherhood which have now been removed. (Amal KS / HT Photo)

Security personnel outside Jamia Millia Islamia on December 14, almost a year after the violence. Following the events of December 15, the university strengthened security, repaired the damaged libraries. During the three-month long protest, the boundary walls of the campus had been painted with protest graffiti, murals and art installations celebrating resistance, unity and brotherhood which have now been removed. (Amal KS / HT Photo)

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The Shaheen Bagh protest site a year later on December 14. The Delhi police cleared the protest sites on March 24, soon after a nationwide lockdown was imposed to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. Jamia students told HT that they did not want the anti-CAA protests to turn violent, but the subsequent interlinking of the agitation with the February communal riots in Delhi and the arrest of three of its students has affected the image of the varsity. (Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

The Shaheen Bagh protest site a year later on December 14. The Delhi police cleared the protest sites on March 24, soon after a nationwide lockdown was imposed to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. Jamia students told HT that they did not want the anti-CAA protests to turn violent, but the subsequent interlinking of the agitation with the February communal riots in Delhi and the arrest of three of its students has affected the image of the varsity. (Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

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