Nearly all the Metro stations closed have been opened in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act in Delhi. Rajiv Chowk Metro Station was first opened in this episode.
According to the news agency ANI, the overcrowded Metro station Rajiv Chowk was opened before the peak hour. There is an arrangement of interchange, from here trains are changed for Noida, Ghaziabad and Gurugram and Faridabad. This is expected to provide some relief to the Metro passengers.
Earlier on Thursday morning, four Metro stations were closed by the order of Delhi Police. After this, 21 Metro stations of Delhi were closed till noon in view of the situation.
Let us know that from the beginning, entry was stopped at Jasola Vihar, Shaheen Bagh, Jamia Islamia University and Munirka Metro station, but gradually the number of Metro stations was increased. A total of 21 Metro stations in Delhi were closed by noon.
The stations that remained closed since the morning were Jasola Vihar, Jamia Millia Islamia, Lok Kalyan Marg, Udyog Bhawan, ITO, Pragati Maidan, Khan Market, Shaheen Bagh, Munirka, Lal Quila, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, University/Vishwavidyalaya, Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Mandi House, Barakhamba Road, Janpath and Rajiv Chowk.
Two days earlier on Tuesday, the entry and exit gates of 7 Metro stations in north-east Delhi were closed in view of protests in East Delhi’s Seelampur area in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act.
Now Jasola and Shaheen Bagh stations remain closed while all other Metro stations in Delhi have resumed their service.
Left-wing organisations have called for a bandh in different parts of the country. Traffic movement on Road No 13A between Mathura Road-Kalindi Kunj in Delhi has been closed. Entry and exit gates have been closed at 19 stations of Delhi Metro. Section 144 has been imposed near the Red Fort. Meanwhile, there are reports of violence and arson from Sambhal and Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held a telephonic conversation with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today. The chief minister informed him of the current situation in Lucknow and the whole of Uttar Pradesh.
Elsewhere, two people are reported to have been killed in the violent protests that erupted in Mangaluru of Karnataka.
Mangaluru City Police Commissioner PS Harsha said that there would be curfew until midnight of 21 December up to the boundaries of five police stations of Mangaluru Commissionerate border in Karnataka. As many as 20 policemen are reported to have been injured in the riots against the amended citizenship law in the city. Two of the seriously injured cops are in the ICU of a local hospital.
The police are patrolling Urwa, Bunder, Barke and Kadri to make the announcement of curfew using loudspeakers. As protesters turned violent in Mangaluru as well, police clamped down on the rioters who were resorting to violence in the name of protesting against the CAA and the NRC.
Police fired in the air, shelled the disturbed zone with tear gas and took recourse to lathi-charge to disperse the mob of about 100 protesters who had assembled near the bus stop close to the deputy commissioner’s office yesterday following an argument.
Earlier, activists had defied Section 144 of the CrPC that was imposed late in the night of Wednesday. Section 144 prohibits coming together of more than five persons in one place. Many of the agitators were holding placards that read “Withdraw CAA and NRC” and “CAA is against Constitution”.
Meanwhile, the Union government has prepared a factsheet with frequently asked questions on the Citizenship Amendment Act for public distribution.