New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Sunday imposed Section 144 in New Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, where a protest against the Citizenship Act has been going on for over two months now. Police have also been deployed in large numbers. Also Read - Shaheen Bagh Hearing: Larger Issues Need to be Handled First, Says SC; Next Hearing on March 23
Twelve companies, including two of female forces, have been deployed in Shaheen Bagh, 100 men each from four police districts have also been deployed along with the local police, an official said. Also Read - Shaheen Bagh Hearing: SC-Appointed Interlocutors Submit Report, Matter to be Heard on February 26
This comes as the Hindu Sena earlier called for a gathering on March 1 to clear the Shaheen Bagh protest site. However, on Saturday, the group called off its protest. Also Read - 'Shaheen Bagh-Like Protests Wherever BJP is in Power,' Says Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray
The Hindu Sena said in a statement that police pressured them to call off their protest on Sunday against the Shaheen Bagh agitation.
Fearing the repeat of the communal riots that took place earlier this week in Northeast Delhi, the police imposed Section 144 in Shaheen Bagh as a “precautionary measure”.
Shaheen Bagh, near Jamia Millia Islamia, has been a protest venue for a section of people opposed to the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens since December 15 last year.