The Shaheen Bagh area in south Delhi, the epicentre of anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests in the country, was cleared by the Delhi Police on Tuesday, 24 March, amid the lockdown imposed in the national capital in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
The security was tightened and the protest area sealed by the police, after a prohibitory order under Section 144 of the CrPC was promulgated in Delhi in light of coronavirus concerns.
- Anti-CAA and NRC protest in Shaheen was cleared by the Delhi Police on 24 March
- Other Shaheen Bagh-like protests in Hauz Rani Bagh, Jamia were been cleared
- Protests at Shaheen Bagh had been going on for the last 101 days after Parliament passed the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act
Must Prioritise This Pandemic: Hegde & Ramachandran Release Statement
After the Shaheen Bagh protest site was cleared out, the Supreme Court-appointed interlocutors, Senior Advocates Sanjay Hegde and Sadhana Ramachandran released a statement urging the administration and the protesters to prioritise the pandemic.
A report by Live Law, quoted their statement, which read, “Our process of interlocution has reinforced many valuable lessons, including the need for continued dialogues at all times. We believe the Supreme Court-mandated interlocution, kept Shaheen Bagh protests peaceful even while violence erupted in other parts of Delhi…We request everyone to see the issue, not as a question of win or lose. The country has a grave pandemic threatening it and currently, that must receive priority in terms of everyone’s attention.”
Other Shaheen Bagh-Like Protests Cleared Out in Delhi
Like Shaheen Bagh, the protest site in Hauz Rani has been cleared by police as prohibitory orders under Section 144 is in place in Delhi, ANI reported.
Jamia Protest Site Cleared As Well
Police also cleared the protest site outside Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI). JMI had temporarily suspended the protest on 21 March at Gate no 7, in view of coronavirus, ANI reported.
Police also used a drone to monitor the situation.
Shaheen Bagh Cleared Amid Lockdown in Delhi Over Coronavirus
The Shaheen Bagh area in south Delhi, the epicentre of anti-CAA protests in the country, has been cleared amid the lockdown imposed in Delhi in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
The security was tightened and the protest area sealed by the police, after a prohibitory order under Section 144 was promulgated in Delhi in light of coronavirus concerns.