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Shaheen Bagh: Cops deployed as protests might resume

Several closed-door meetings have taken place at Shaheen Bagh and in Jamia Milia Islamia area to activate the protests to block the roads

The authorities have deployed a contingent of Police at Shaheen Bagh after intel reports suggested that anti-CAA protesters might resume their protest. Shaheen Bagh area here was the epicentre of protests against CAA. The authorities had closed the area for vehicular traffic between December 2019 to February.

Police have also been monitoring social platforms which hinted at exchanges between people who were involved in Shaheen Bagh protests.

Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protestors are planning to resume their stir at the site. The area, which became the epicentre of protests against CAA, was closed for vehicular traffic between December 2019 to February as protestors blocked the road to express their anger against the Act.

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Sources said, several closed-door meetings have taken place at Shaheen Bagh and in Jamia Milia Islamia area to activate the protests to block the roads. The move by police to deploy a contingent comes on the backdrop of a number of arrests that have taken place in connection with riots that rocked Delhi in February. An alert has been issued to DCP-level officers to ensure abidance to law and order situation within their jurisdiction.

MHA, as well as police, have made it clear that CAA should no longer be on the agenda and that the road will not be allowed to be blocked, especially in light of the ongoing fight against coronavirus.

Massive protests had rocked the country after the government passed the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act in December last year. The Act, which extends Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, was criticised for being ‘anti-Muslim’ by protestors and opposition parties.

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The agitators at Shaheen Bagh, mostly women, were on a sit-in at the site since December against the amended Citizenship Act, the proposed National Register of Citizens and National Population Register. They were also protesting against the police action against Jamia Millia Islamia students. The protesters were removed from the site in March amid the coronavirus lockdown in the national capital.

Besides CAA and JNU violence, people were asked to raise the issue of arrest of Jamia students Meeran Haider, Asif Iqbal Tanha and Safoora Zargar and JNU students Sharjeel Iman, Ishrat Jehan, Khalid Saifi and Shifa-Ur-Rehman.

Meanwhile, the Police is maintaining a strict vigil on social media.

Shaheen Bagh had emerged as the epicentre of anti-CAA protest in the country. Thousands of women along with their children were sitting on a protest here since 15 December against the CAA, and NPR. The site was cleared on 14 March amid the coronavirus lockdown in the national capital.

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