New Delhi: Despite the strict instructions from Delhi Police, thousands of protesters led by Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad thronged inside the gates of historic Jama Masjid here on Friday.
Despite Internet curbs and travel restrictions, Azad tweeted, "Please ignore the rumours of my arrest. I am reaching Jama Masjid."
Hundreds of people chant slogans of 'Jai Bhim' and are protesting for rollback of citizenship amendment act.
Chandrashekhar Azad, 31, read out the preamble to the Constitution, the crowd chanting alongside. Protesters inside the mosque complex then spilled over to the road, shouting slogans and wearing black bands.
Entry and exit gates of four more stations - Rajiv Chowk, Pragati Maidan, Khan Market and Johri Enclave Metro stations - are closed. Large number of people start protest march from Jafrabad to Seelampur in Delhi.
The police had been prepared for potential trouble but appeared hopelessly outnumbered. Police personnel were seen engaging with religious leaders to try and get the situation within control.
Section 144, or a ban on large gatherings, was enforced in the Red Fort area yesterday. The restriction was lifted to enable Friday prayers or namaaz at the Jama Masjid.
Silent protests also have been observed on fifth day of protests outside the university after over 50 students were injured in a police crackdown following violence during a demonstration on Sunday.
The protesters, including university students, locals and children, took out small marches carrying posters, banners and tricolours. Some of them formed human chains on both the sides of the road to ensure that traffic movement was not affected.