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'Can't Allow Vested Interest Groups To Divide Us': PM Modi On Citizenship Amendment Act Violence

PM Modi's tweets come a day after police entered the Jamia Millia Islamia campus and lathi-charged students, injuring scores of them.

'Can't Allow Vested Interest Groups To Divide Us': PM Modi On Citizenship Amendment Act Violence
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'Can't Allow Vested Interest Groups To Divide Us': PM Modi On Citizenship Amendment Act Violence
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2019-12-16T14:35:42+05:30

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that violent demonstrations swelling across the country were "unfortunate and deeply distressing," adding, "we cannot allow vested interest groups to divide us and create a disturbance,"

In a series of tweets, the prime minister said: "Debate, discussion and dissent are essential parts of democracy but, never has damage to public property and disturbance of normal life been a part of our ethos."

PM Modi's tweets come a day after police entered the Jamia Millia Islamia campus and lathi-charged students, injuring scores of them.

Modi further urged the people to work together for the development of India and "the empowerment of every Indian, especially the poor, downtrodden and marginalised."

The prime minister assured the people of the country that "CAA does not affect any citizen of India of any religion."

"No Indian has anything to worry regarding this Act. This Act is only for those who have faced years of persecution outside and have no other place to go except India," he said in another tweet.

Also Read: 'Texted My Mother... I Thought We Would Die': Jamia Students Narrate Police Crackdown In Campus

On Sunday, demonstrations against the amended Citizenship law continued across India, with many colleges and Universities taking to the streets in solidarity with Jamia and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students.

Meanwhile, Najma Akhtar, Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia, urged everyone not to tarnish the image of the Varsity.

Also Read: Anti-Citizenship Law Demonstrations Swell Across India, But Who Is Protesting For What?

"Police entered the campus without permission. We cannot tolerate police presence on campus, they scared our students with their brutality," Akhtar said speaking to the media on Monday.

The VC said there has been huge damage to the university's property and several expensive pieces of machinery were broken.

"We will file FIR on the damage of property and police action on students, we want a high-level enquiry," Akhtar said after cops claimed they entered the university to nab people from the mob.

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