New Delhi: Amid complete lockdown in the national capital, in the wake of the coronavirus, Shaheen Bagh area, (where children and women were protesting against Citizenship (Amendment) Act or CAA), was cleared on Monday morning. Following the development, the Kalindi Kunj road, which had been closed for traffic for more than three months, will be opened soon amid the restrictions in the capital city. Also Read - Shaheen Bagh Wears a Deserted Look as Delhi Imposes Lockdown Over Coronavirus
If reports are to be believed, the police arrived with trucks and JCB machines and dismantled all the structures and seized the tents. “Delhi Police will register a case of violation of prohibitory orders against the organisers and the persons detained”, sources told a leading news agency. Also Read - Will Shaheen Bagh Protesters be Evicted? Supreme Court to Resume Hearing on Monday
Notably, the protests against the controversial citizenship act started on December 15 in the wake of Delhi Police’s crackdown on the Jamia Millia Islamia University campus. The protesters had refused to budge, despite the restrictions announced by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Earlier on Sunday, the protesters had left their slippers and sandals at the site. “We are not ending the protest, come what may. But we are aware of the danger posed by Covid-19, so we adopted this type of protest for the day,” Khurshid Alam, one of the organisers of the protest, had said on Sunday.
“People at the protest site in Shaheen Bagh were requested today to clear the site as lockdown has been imposed. But after they refused, action was taken against violators as the assembly was unlawful. Protest site has been cleared. Some protestors have been detained”, said DCP south-east.
Meanwhile, security has been tightened in and around the protest site, after prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC promulgated in the national capital, in wake of the deadly pandemic.