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UN Chief Concerned on excessive use of force by Indian forces

United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday expressed concern over the use of excessive force by Indian security forces in the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

According to citizen amendment act CAA members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014 and facing religious persecution there will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.

He was responding to a question from a Pakistani journalist who sought the secretary-general’s comments on the large-scale protests taking place all over India against the the controversial law, especially the brutal crackdown on New Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia University students injuring more than 100.

Protests are being held across the country ever since a bill was introduced in Parliament earlier this month for this law. The agitators claim that the legislation is “unconstitutional and divisive”.

After the violence, the police entered the campus without permission and cracked down on students. Later in the evening, around 100 students were detained. They were let go at 3.30 am on Monday. The violence at Jamia sparked protests at Aligarh Muslim University in Uttar Pradesh. The students there were also beaten by the police. By the following day, close to 40 college campuses joined the protests and expressed solidarity with those resisting the citizenship law.

On Wednesday, the Delhi High Court agreed to hear a plea to set up a fact-finding committee to conduct inquiries into the police action at Jamia Millia. The court will hear the petition on Thursday.

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