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Citizenship Act stir: Protesters torch buses in Delhi, clash with police

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

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Fire tender vandalised in New Delhi over Citizenship Act protest
Vandalised fire tender during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act near Jamia Nagar, in New Delhi

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

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

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.

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

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.

First Published: Sun, December 15 2019. 18:05 IST