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Police firing on Jamia students brings back memories of Jallianwala Bagh, says Uddhav

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that an 'atmosphere of fear' was being created with such actions (police crackdown).

Published: 17th December 2019 04:00 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th December 2019 05:10 PM   |  A+A-

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray during the second day of the Winter Session of Maharashtra Assembly at Vidhan Bhawan in Nagpur Tuesday Dec. 17 2019.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray during the second day of the Winter Session of Maharashtra Assembly at Vidhan Bhawan in Nagpur Tuesday Dec. 17 2019. (Photo | PTI)

By PTI

NAGPUR: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday likened the police crackdown on students of the Jamia Millia Islamia to the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

Talking to reporters outside the Vidhan Bhawan here, he said an "atmosphere of fear" was being created with such actions.

The Delhi-based university virtually turned into a battlefield on Sunday after police entered the campus and also used force, following protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

Reacting to it, Thackeray said, "There is a deliberate attempt to create an atmosphere of unrest in society. The way police opened fire on students by forcefully entering the compound, it appeared like the Jalianwala Bagh massacre."

He said fear was being created in the minds of the youth of the country.

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"I feel no country can remain stable where youth are disturbed. I ask the Centre not to destabilize the youth of this country," he said.

Thackeray said the youth are the country's future and they have a lot of potential.

"The youth are like a bomb which should not be triggered. It is my humble request to the prime minister," the chief minister said.

On protests against the Citizenship Act and the National Register of Citizens, Thackeray said, "The state is peaceful so far."



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