Anti-Citizenship Act protests: Anurag Kashyap, Richa Chadha, Vicky Kaushal & others condemn police brutality on students

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 16, 2019, 11.53 AM(IST)

Bollywood's biggies condemn police violence in Delhi Photograph:( Twitter )

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The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which grants citizenship to the non-Muslims who arrived in India before December 31, 2014 was passed in both the houses and made an Act after the assent of the president. 

The scene outside Jamia Millia Islamia, a central university in the heart of Delhi turned violent yesterday as students took to streets to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the police took violent measures to keep the thousands in control. With videos and pictures of students being pulled, beaten with lathis and tear-gassed made its way to social media, people at large stood divided with police's method to deal with the law and order situation.

Bollywood celebs, too, took to their social media handles to express their concern as many students were seen being beaten up mercilessly by the police. One to take the lead was ace filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt who was seen reading out the Preamble of our Constitution. He shared a picture of him and other protesters at the Rajgruha-abode of Dr. B R Ambedkar on Twitter. "We the people of India, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC.  At Ambedkar's abode. After reading the Preamble of our Constitution," Bhatt tweeted along with the picture. 

Mahesh Bhatt also shared a viral picture where girls in hijab (head covering) can be seen standing up to police that is ready to charge on them with batons and lathis. He wrote, "If you have no love - do what you will. Go after all the Gods on earth, do all the social activities, try to reform the poor, enter politics, write books, poems- you are a dead human being. Without love your problems willl increase, multiply endlessly- J. Krishnamurti"

Filmmaker Anubhav Sinha also shared a series of tweets condemning police's action. He also took a dig at other celebs as he said, "You are no icons. You are businessmen." In one tweet, he wrote, "When no one has the answers, students do. Look at history worldwide."

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Actress Swara Bhasker also tweeted, "Absolutely shameful conduct by @DelhiPolice"

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While actress Sayani Gupta shared a viral picture of Bollywood celebs with PM Modi asking them to respond to the current chaos. Sharing the picture she wrote, "On behalf of the students of Jamia & AMU request at least one of you to tweet or message Mr.Modi condemning this act of police brutality and violence against students. The time has come to speak up guys. Yes? No? May be? @RanveerOfficial @karanjohar @ayushmannk @RajkummarRao"

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Also read: Rajkummar Rao on the student protest: Strongly condemn violence against students

Richa Chadha shared a video of a student crying in front of the camera over the atrocity of the police. The actress called out the police and wrote, "This is heartbreaking... In which civilized country is this normal ? Why such excessive force ? Who tear gases students studying inside a library?  Nothing justifies this."

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Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap also made a comeback on Twitter after months of switching off from the social media platform. He wrote, "This has gone too far.. can’t stay silent any longer . This government is clearly fascist .. and it makes me angry to see voices that can actually make a difference stay quiet"

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Filmmaker Alankrita Shrivastava tweeted, "I studied at Jamia. It is where I trained to be a filmmaker, where I met my best friends for life. It is the place that gave me hope and encouragement when I was a confused young girl trying to navigate my way through life. I have such fond memories. But today...."

"...Today my heart is bleeding for the students of Jamia who have been mercilessly attacked on campus. This is wrong and cruel at every level. I stand in solidarity with the bravehearts of Jamia. I am praying for the students who are injured and fighting for their lives."

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Taapsee Pannu also extended her support and wrote, "Wonder if this is a start or the end. Whatever it is, this is surely writing new rules of the land and those who don’t fit in can very well see the consequences. This video breaks heart n hopes all together. Irreversible damage,and I’m not talking about just the life n property."

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Actor Zeeshan Ayyub also did not refrain and tweeted in support of the students that were protesting against Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

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South star Siddharth also tweeted against the clash and in support of the students. He wrote, "These two are not Krishna and Arjuna. They are Shakuni and Duryodhana. 

Stop attacking #universities! Stop assaulting #students! #JamiaMilia #JamiaProtest"

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Meanwhile, as Assam also saw clashes between people and the police, singer Zubeen Garg said, "I will die but won't allow Citizenship Amendment Act in Assam." Also see: Hollywood actor John Cusack extended support to Jamia students in a series of tweets.

Other celebrities too tweeted condemning the violence that has now spilt onto other university campuses. 

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Actors and filmmakers from the Bengal film industry too extended their support to the ongoing protest. 

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Support came in from Malayalam and Tamil film industry as well. 

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The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which grants citizenship to the non-Muslims who arrived in India before December 31, 2014, smoothly sailed through both the houses of the Parliament and became an act after President, Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the bill on Thursday. Ever since then, there have been protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act as people all over the country term it to be "discriminatory and unconstitutional".