New Delhi: Delhi Metro on Wednesday announced that entry and exit gates of all stations have been opened with trains running as per normal schedule. Jafrabad, Maujpur-Babarpur, Gokulpuri, Johri Enclave and Shiv Vihar were the stations that had been closed since Monday as large-scale violence broke out in northeast Delhi with pro and anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters clashing with each other. Also Read - Delhi Violence: Amit Shah Reviews Situation With Police in 3rd Meeting Within 24 Hours
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The five stations had remained closed on Tuesday as well, as clashes continued for the third day running. Trains were terminating at Welcome station. Also Read - Delhi Violence: Women Call Off Protest at Jaffrabad, Police Resort to Lathicharge to Disperse Rioters
On Monday, when the violence first escalated into a full-blown communal riot, a total of nine metro stations were closed, including the five mentioned above. The other four stations that were closed but opened just a few hours later were Udyog Bhawan, Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat and Janpath.
Earlier, last night, the Jafrabad Metro station, the road passing from below which had been occupied by anti-CAA protesters Saturday night, was cleared by the police. It was the taking over of this road that was objected to by the locals, including BJP leader Kapil Mishra, on Sunday, that led to stone-pelting between the two sides, which turned into a full-blown communal riot on Monday and continued, as well as escalated, a day later.
Section 144 has been imposed in all the affected areas. The Delhi Police has also been given shoot-at-sight orders.