Published On: Sun, Mar 1st, 2020

Prohibitory orders in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh area, posse of police deployed

New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Sunday imposed prohibitory orders in Shaheen Bagh area in southeast Delhi and deployed a large number of security personnel in the area. Warning was issued to the protestor to move out or be prepared to face action.

Shaheen Bagh has been the epicentre of anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protest

Though a senior police officer said these were precautionary measures, Delhi police banners placed near the protest site clearly mentioned that the protest should be discontinued in the light of imposition of section 144 in the area or else action would be initiated.

Shaheen Bagh has been the epicentre of anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protest, wherein women and men have organised a sit-in on a road since December 15 last year.

Police said that Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code was imposed in Shaheen Bagh area near Jamia Millia Islamia.

Section 144 empowers an executive magistrate to issue orders in case nuisance or danger to public peace is apprehended. Though its scope is wider, the Section is often used to prohibit assembly of five or more persons when unrest is anticipated.

The heavy police deployment comes in the wake of a call by a right-wing group, Hindu Sena, to clear the Shaheen Bagh road on March 1. The Sena has since called off its proposed protest against the anti-CAA agitation in Shaheen Bagh after police intervened on Saturday.

Joint Commissioner of Police Devesh Chandra Srivastava said that police deployment and prohibitory restrictions were precautionary measures. “Heavy police deployment in Shaheen Bagh is a precautionary measure. Our aim is to maintain law and order and prevent any untoward incident,” Srivastava said.

The Delhi Police move comes in the backdrop of violence in northeast Delhi that resulted into the death of 41 persons and injuries to over 200 others.

Hundreds of men and women, some in ‘burqas’ and many accompanied by children, have occupied a nearly one km stretch of a six-lane highway passing through Shaheen Bagh to connect Delhi and neighbouring Noida in Uttar Pradesh to protest against the new citizenship law and a proposed citizens’ register that have brought hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets across India.

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