New Delhi: For nearly four months, women have been on a relentless sit-in protest at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh. However, the site appeared pretty deserted on Monday morning after the Delhi government imposed a statewide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Also Read - Coronavirus: Cases Rise to 4281, Total Deaths at 111, States Hint at Extending Lockdown Beyond April 14 | Top Points
Earlier, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced a ‘Janata Curfew’ on Sunday, the Shaheen Bagh women refused to budge from site and said they would continue their protest with necessary safety precautions. They asserted that they won’t move till the Centre withdraws CAA-NPR-NRC. Also Read - CRPF Moves Ailing Man to Chandigarh After Airlifting Him From Rajouri
Moreover, later in the day, the Supreme Court will also take up pleas against the ongoing anti-CAA protests at Shaheen Bagh. The hearing will include not just the old petitions that seek clearance of the protest site which has been blocking a key road connecting Delhi with its satellite city of Noida, but also new ones seek their eviction due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Also Read - Mamata Ropes in Abhijit Banerjee on COVID-19 Advisory Panel For West Bengal
Notably, Delhi has reported over 30 active cases and one death from the contagious disease amid over 400 people in the country who tested positive. In a bid to combat a further spread, the national capital has been placed under lockdown from Monday 6 AM till midnight of March 31, 2020.
This means all borders of Delhi with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh will be sealed, with the exception only on essential items from neighboring states, such as food items like vegetables, milk etc will keep coming.