New Delhi: Even as the entire country prepares itself to observe the ‘Janata Curfew‘ on Sunday, anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh have decided to continue with their stir, news agency Press Trust of India (PTI) has reported. Also Read - Corona Go: Shashi Tharoor Makes Fun of Janata Curfew, Shares Morphed Video
The protesters, mostly women, have been sitting on a dharna against the contentious citizenship act, since December 15. The Supreme Court will on Monday hear a petition seeking removal of the protesters as they have been blocking a road connecting Delhi with its satellite city of Noida, thus inconveniencing lakhs of commuters everyday. Also Read - Janata Curfew on March 22: Varun Dhawan, Sanjay Dutt, Akshay Kumar And Others Pledge to Take Part
The agitators have refused to disperse even as the fear of deadly coronavirus continues to grow by the day. Earlier, they had refused to follow Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s announcement banning gathering of more than 50 people at a place, which has, since then, been modified to 20. The protesters, however, claim that they are exercising all precautions and have asked senior citizens to not come to the protest site. Also Read - What is Janata Curfew? How Will This Help Fight Coronavirus? Here's How it Will Work
Protesting women, too, have been asked not to bring their children with them, the protesters have claimed.
In his address to the nation last evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged citizens to observe ‘Janata Curfew’ from 7 AM-9 PM on Sunday, ostensibly to prepare them for a larger lockdown in the future, should it be required. He has also requested the citizens to applaud, at 5 PM on ‘Janata Curfew’ day, doctors and medical professionals who are fighting to keep people safe from coronavirus.
The Delhi Metro, too, shall shut down on ‘Janata Curfew’ day.