Police clear the anti-CAA protest at Shaheen Bagh amid complete lockdown in the national capital in the wake of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in New Delhi on Tuesday. (PTI)
NEW DELHI :
PEOPLE protesting against the citizenship law at Shaheen Bagh and other places were removed by the Delhi Police on Tuesday morning amid the coronavirus lockdown in the national capital, officials said. A total of nine protesters including six women were detained at Shaheen Bagh and taken to a nearby police station, Deputy Commissioner of Police (southeast) R P Meena said. The agitators, mostly women, had been on a sit-in at the site for over three months to protest the newly amended Citizenship Act.
People were requested to vacate the site as a lockdown has been imposed due to the coronavirus outbreak. However, action was taken when refused to move, Meena said. About 50 protesters including men were at the venue in Shaheen Bagh. “Most of the protesters vacated the site after police made an appeal but a few refused. So, police detained them,” a volunteer at the site requesting anonymity said. A decision about resuming the protest will be taken after the coronavirus situation comes under control, he added. On Sunday, during the ‘Janta curfew,’ only five women were at the site while others had left their slippers as a symbol of solidarity.
The women were taking all precautions amid the coronavirus outbreak and sanitisers had been arranged at the venue to ensure utmost hygiene, the volunteer some preventive measures are necessary in this regard. “Some strict steps have to be taken and public support is necessary in this regard,”, he told. He added that fighting against coronavirus is the priority of his Government. “Governor has asked to prove majority within 15 days and we decided why 15 days..by winning the vote of confidence, will get into work to fight corona with full strength,” he told. When confidence motion was moved, Gopal Bhargava told that House unanimously approves the proposal.