Students have protested in cities across India after a masked mob stormed a high-profile university in Delhi and attacked students and teachers with weapons including sledgehammers, iron rods and bricks, injuring more than 30. Opposition parties and injured students blamed Sunday night’s violence on a student organization linked to the prime minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
India’s capital Delhi has recorded its chilliest day in more than a century amid a severe cold wave across the northern part of the country. Thick fog blanketed the city on Monday as the maximum day temperature dropped to 9.4C and pollution levels peaked. Delhi started tracking temperatures in 1901 and the earlier record was set at 9.8C on 2 January 2013.
Three people have died in India during protests, as more than 1,200 people have been detained for defying bans on demonstrations. Arrests have taken place in several of the nation’s big cities. The Citizenship Amendment Act entitles non-Muslims who are in the country illegally, to citizenship if they can prove they face religious persecution in Muslim-majority Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed for calm as violent protests against a new law on illegal migrants entered a fifth day. Large demonstrations are taking place in the capital Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Kolkata (formerly Calcutta). Monday’s protests came a day after clashes between police and protesters in Delhi left at least 50 injured. Protesters are angry at a law entitling citizenship to some non-Muslim migrants from three Muslim-majority countries.
India’s parliament has passed a bill that would give Indian citizenship to immigrants from three neighboring countries — but not if they are Muslim. The controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) will fast-track citizenship for religious minorities, including Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians, from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The government said the bill seeks to protect religious minorities who fled persecution in their home countries.
A fire broke out at a factory in India’s capital New Delhi early on Sunday morning. At least 43 people have been reported dead. Many of the victims were asleep in beds in the factory, resting between shifts, when the fire began. Investigators say the blaze was sparked by an electrical short circuit. Most of the deaths were caused by people inhaling poisonous gases in the cramped factory.
Indian police have shot dead the four men accused of the brutal gang rape of a young vet in Hyderabad, in circumstances that have been described as “suspicious”. The four had become high-profile objects of hatred within the country, following their alleged premeditated attack on a 27-year-old veterinary doctor last Wednesday. The lack of clarity around the incident have led many to suspect this was an extrajudicial killing by the police.
A tiger has embarked on the ‘longest walk ever’ in India after it traveled 807 miles in search of prey or a mate, surviving by killing wild pigs and cattle along the way. The two-and-a-half year-old male left its home in June after being fitted with a radio collar just months before. The tiger, named C1, had been kept at a wildlife sanctuary in the western state of Maharashtra.
Outrage is mounting in India after the alleged rape and murder of a 27-year-old vet in the city of Hyderabad. Thousands protested outside a police station in the city, demanding accountability. Police have suspended three officers. Meanwhile family members have turned away visiting politicians and police officials, demanding action instead. The victim’s charred remains were discovered after she disappeared on Wednesday.
Delhi restricted many private vehicles from the roads on Monday to try to lessen pollution as India grapples with a public health crisis over its toxic smog. It was begun days after authorities in the Indian capital began emergency control measures and ordered the closure of schools as pollution levels reached a three-year high. The state-run Central Pollution Control Board’s air quality index for Delhi was “severe” at 436, about nine times the recommended maximum.