Published On: Tue, Mar 24th, 2020

Delhi Police evicts anti-CAA protesters from Shaheen Bagh after 101 days

New Delhi: Finally the 101-day long Shaheen Bagh anti-CAA protests at Shaheen Bagh was cleared by the Delhi Police on Tuesday morning at around 7 O’clock amid the rising coronavirus cases in Delhi and other parts of India.

The police arrived with trucks and JCB machines and dismantled all the structures and seized the tents

Police say the site had to be cleared following the outbreak of COVID-19 and the curfew imposed in Delhi to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

Deputy Commissioner of Police RP Meena said, “Police requested them to vacate the place but they refused. So, police cleared the area and detained a few protesters.”

The Delhi Police also said, “All protest sites have been cleared — Jaffrabad, Jamia and Turkman Gate. Some persons detained in all these places as well.”

Sources in Delhi Police said, “A team of senior police officers reached the site at 6.45 a.m. First, they tried to pacify the protesters. At that time around a dozen persons were present. Usually, very few women protesters remain there during the mornings. And because of the lockdown, their number already was very less.”

The police arrived with trucks and JCB machines and dismantled all the structures and seized the tents.

The police sources say that “Delhi Police will register a case of violation of prohibitory orders against the organisers and the persons detained.”

Police also said, “The Kalindi Kunj road connects Delhi-Noida-Faridabad and it was necessary that essential commodities should also reach the people. It was certainly, the violation of section 144 (prohibitory orders), therefore they cleared the site.”

According to officials in South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), the civic body will now clean up the site and try to repair the damage. The Public Works Department will also carry out the repair and cleaning process.

The anti-CAA protest at Shaheen Bagh was going on at Road 13A, which is an important link between Delhi and Noida. The blockade of this road had created a lot of problems for people who used to travel between Delhi and Noida using this road.

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