Delhi Police Clears Shaheen Bagh Due To COVID-19 Fears, Detains Violators

Publish On: 24 Mar, 2020 10:23 AM | Updated   |   Harshita  

NEW DELHI: Delhi Police on Tuesday cleared the protest area in Shaheen Bagh and had to book some violators. The action came in view of the worsening situation of the country because of the pandemic coronavirus for which the national capital has also been under complete lockdown. 

R. P. Meena, the Deputy Commissioner of Police said, "Police requested them to vacate the place but they refused. So, police cleared the area and detained a few protesters. All protest sites have been cleared -- Jaffrabad, Jamia and Turkman Gate. Some persons detained in all these places as well."

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"A team of senior police officers reached the site at 6.45 a.m. First, they tried to pacify the protesters. At that time around a dozen persons were present. Usually, very few women protesters remain there during the mornings. And because of the lockdown, their number already was very less," said sources in Delhi Police. 

The police arrived at the site with JCB and trucks. They dismantled all the structures and seized tents there. The Police sources also said, "Delhi Police will register a case of violation of prohibitory orders against the organizers and the persons detained."

"The Kalindi Kunj road connects Delhi-Noida-Faridabad and it was necessary that essential commodities should also reach the people. It was certainly, the violation of section 144 (prohibitory orders), therefore they cleared the site," said Police. 

It has been three months that the protest in Shaheen Bagh has been going on against the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The protest began after the police used force against the protesters in Jamia Milia during which many students were badly injured. 

Shaheen Bagh had become a symbol of anti-CAA protest and was replicated in some other parts. However, amid the fear of the spread of the COVID-19, protests in other places were called off.

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O the day of the Janata curfew (Sunday), Shaheen Bagh protestors tweeted after a petrol bomb was hurled at the barricades, "We are committed to cooperating with the law of the land and request all our well-wishers and sympathisers to abide by the same. We are all in this together. We will come back stronger. This is not over."