Protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) continue in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh. Thousands of protesters have been staying put for more than a month on a thoroughfare, due to which not only is that road closed but also the vehicular traffic of several connecting roads for Delhi-Noida commuting lay severely affected. People are facing difficulty in going to their offices and children cannot reach their schools easily. On Tuesday, some protesters met the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Anil Baijal, and agreed to lift the blockade for school buses.
The representatives of Shaheen Bagh protesters told Baijal that school buses would be given passage but the protests will continue. After the meeting, the protesters told the media that the lieutenant governor had taken their demands “in a positive manner”. The protesters demand that the government withdraw the CAA.
In this fight between the government and the protesters, the ordinary citizens are facing a lot of difficulties. Especially children of the area have to take a long detour every day to reach their schools and return home. The ordinary citizens of the area have appealed to the protesters to open the road. The matter has gone to court.
The court told the government that the “right steps” ought to be taken in view of the convenience of the people at large. The police have appealed to vacate the road too.
Delhi Police has pleaded with the opposition-supported activists sitting on dharna at Shaheen Bagh. At a time the Delhi election is knocking the door, the police do not want to ‘disturb’ those doing the sit-in demonstration without orders from the government. Delhi Police has requested through its Twitter handle the mob and its warlords to lift the blockade.
The police said that the roads in the areas surrounding Shaheen Bagh were closed due to the dharna for a month. The police said that those squatting on the location must think about their own people, like little children, who had nothing to do with this dharna.