New Delhi: A large number of protestors have come out in the national capital in opposition of Citizenship Amendment Act 2019. Although Delhi have been imposed with section 144 that has prohibited every gathering or assembly of more than four people in an area, there have been violent protests in the national capital against the CAA. The amended citizenship act has instigated huge number of protesters to come out at Red Fort and other major spots in Delhi.
The Delhi police has detained several protestors near Red Fort including Swaraj India's Yogendra Yadav but still multiple protests have been taking place at the moment in Delhi and commuters have been badly hit due to closure of metro stations.
Jio, Vodafone and Airtel have suspened the mobile data services in certain areas in view of the violent protests. Voice and SMS services also have been barred.
At least 17 metro stations have been shut in Delhi and as the day progresses, the protest marches are expected to increase in the national capital as well as in other parts of the country including West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and other states. While in Uttar Pradesh Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav has announced a state wide protest appealing his party members to join in large numbers, so as Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal has also opposed the amended citizenship act.
Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit has also been detained by the police at Mandi House. He said that he wasn't allowed to go to the Red Fort for the protest so he came to Mandi House and soon after got detained by cops.There, however, have been no official confirmation of section 144 being imposed at Mandi House. No clarity has been given by the administration over such an order. The police has however verbally told the woman protestors that since the riots are happening the section 144 is in place.
Apart from the Congress, the Samajwadi Party leaders have also defied prohibitory orders and the SP legislators have held a protest outside the Vidhan Bhavan against the CAA.
Metro gets affected, Priyanka Gandhi Slams BJP government:
Metro stations are closed and Internet is down in the national capital. There are 14 major metro stations whose entry has been closed by the administration imposing section 144. Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi has slammed the central government over it, stating, "there is Section 144 everywhere. Sound is not allowed in any place and those who have spent Millions of taxpayers' advertising to convince people, those people are so shocked by the voice of the public that they are shutting everyone's voice."
मेट्रो स्टेशन बंद हैं। इंटरनेट बंद है। हर जगह #Section144 है। किसी भी जगह आवाज उठाने की इजाजत नहीं है। जिन्होंने आज टैक्सपेयर्स का पैसा खर्च करके करोड़ों का विज्ञापन लोगों को समझाने के लिए निकाला है, वही लोग आज जनता की आवाज से इतना बौखलाएँ हुए हैं कि सबकी आवाजें बंद कर रहे हैं।— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) December 19, 2019
Activist and former Jawaharlal Nehru University student Umar Khalid has also been detained during and CAA protest in Delhi.