New Delhi: The Delhi Metro on Monday closed nine metro stations as large-scale violence broke out in northeast Delhi as pro- and anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters clashed in the area for a second consecutive day. Also Read - CAA Protests Turn Violent in Northeast Delhi, LG Baijal, CM Kejriwal Urge All to Exercise Restraint
Initially, entry and exit gates of Jaffrabad, Maujpur-Babarpur, Gokulpuri, Johri Enclave and Shiv Vihar metro stations were closed, with trains scheduled to terminate at the Welcome metro station. Later, however, entry and exit gates of Udyog Bhawan, Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat and Janpath were closed as well. Also Read - CAA Protests: Cop, Civilian Killed in Gokulpuri, Protester Opens Fire in Jaffrabad, Fresh Clashes in Bhajanpura
However, the interchange at Central Secretariat station will be available. Also Read - CAA Protest: Stone-pelting, Tear Gas Shelling Near Jaffrabad; Entry, Exit Gates of Maujpur-Babarpur Metro Stations Closed
One police constable was killed and a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) was injured in the clashes as the two groups clashed in areas like Jaffarabad, Maujpur-Babarpur, Chand Bagh, Bhajanpura, Yamuna Vihar etc. In Jaffarabad, a group of women have been sitting on a dharna, blocking one of the carriageways of the road below the Jaffarabad metro station, against the contentious legislation.
Following the violence, the Delhi Police has imposed Section 144 in ten areas of the district, with the police, in a statement, promising to take action against the troublemakers. The police further requested people not to believe in rumours and maintain peace and harmony at all cost.
Today’s violence, notably, comes on a day US President Donald Trump arrived in India for his maiden state visit to the country. After landing in Ahmedabad, he, along with First Lady Melania, left for Agra to visit the Taj Mahal and is scheduled to arrive in the national capital at 7:30 PM.