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Published On: Sun, Feb 23rd, 2020

Pro & anti-CAA protesters clash in Maujpur ; two injured

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anti_caa_protest_seelampur_660_171219034004NEW DELHI : Sporadic incidents of stone-pelting on Sunday between anti and pro-CAA groups at Maujpur in east Delhi broke a relative lull in tension over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act. The police fired teargas shells amid reports of two people being injured.
The trouble started this afternoon when local BJP leader Kapil Mishra decided to hold a rally in favour of the law. The situation is now under control, the police said, though the protesters are yet to disperse.
He did not stop at this and continuing his tirade against the anti-CAA protesters who are largely women, he further tweeted: He then went on aggressively giving ‘ultimatum’ to Delhi police to get the roads vacated at Shaheen Bagh and Chand Bagh.
Demanding repeal of the citizenship law, around 200 women started the sit-in near the Jaffrabad metro station last night. They were seen carrying national flags as they shouted “Azaadi (freedom)” slogans amid heavy police presence.
The crowd swelled overnight as more women and children joined them. “We want freedom from CAA, NRC,” said one of them. The metro station was temporarily closed this morning due to the protests.
The pro-CAA demonstration near the site of the anti-CAA stir worsened the situation and tension erupted when both groups clashed. Following stone-pelting by both groups, the police stepped in to disperse the two groups.
Teargas shells were fired and two people have been reported injured following the outbreak of violence. sure. Metro stations that have been shut down include the Maujpur-Babarpur and the Seelampur metro station, adding to the overall congestion and chaos prevailing in the area.
More security forces are being directed to the spot from other areas including nearby Jaffrabad. Maujpur is near Jaffrabad, where anti-CAA protesters had barricaded the road since Saturday night in support of the bandh call given by Chandrasekhar Azad of Bhim Army against the CAA.
Meanwhile, Clashes between the police and anti-CAA protesters took place in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh. A portion of a shop in the area was set on fire, a police vehicle was vandalised and several police officers were injured, The clashes come on the eve of the visit of US President Donald Trump to India.
Clashes took place between the police and anti-citizenship law protesters in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, after the protesters’ request to put up tents in view of the bad weather was turned down, the police said. District Magistrate Chandra Bhushan Singh said the violence was under control and the mob has dispersed.
The Supreme Court has appointed three interlocutors in an attempt to reach out to them.
One of the interlocutors, Wajahat Habibullah, told the court in an affidavit that there were five alternate roads in the area which were blocked by police and the allegation that the protest was inconveniencing traffic was not correct. The women, he said, have chosen the spot for safety, since they have been getting regular threats.

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