After Hindu Sena threat, Section 144 imposed in Shaheen Bagh

The protest against CAA at Shaheen Bagh has served as a model for similar ones across the country. Photo: PTI

The Delhi police, as a precautionary measure, imposed section 144, preventing the gathering of groups of people, in southeast Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh on Sunday (March 1) which has emerged as the epicentre for anti-CAA protest.

Apart from this, there is heavy deployment of security personnel in and around the area, where several women have been leading a protest on the road against the new CAA law for more than two months.

Officials said the deployment has come after a fringe right-wing group, Hindu Sena, gave a call to clear the Shaheen Bagh road on March 1. However on Saturday, with the intervention of the police, they called off their proposed protest against the anti-CAA agitation in Shaheen Bagh.

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According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southeast) RP Meena, “The proposed protest call was cancelled with timely intervention. But as a precautionary measure, we have made heavy police deployment here. Our aim is to maintain law and order and prevent any untoward incident from occurring.”

Twelve companies, including two women contingents, have been deployed in Shaheen Bagh, 100 men each from four police districts have also been deployed along with the local police, the official said.

The Hindu Sena said in a statement police pressured them to call off their protest on Sunday against the Shaheen Bagh agitation.

Meanwhile, normalcy has returned in Shiv Vihar area, Jaffrabad, Maujpur, Babarpur, and Seelampur which had witnessed violence. However, security forces remain deployed.

Shaheen Bagh, near Jamia Millia Islamia, has been a protest venue for a section of people opposed to the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens since December 15 last year.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be on a day-long visit to the West Bengal capital on Sunday and address a rally to “clear the confusion” surrounding the amended Citizenship Act, as well as launch BJP’s campaign for the municipal elections to be held in April. He is scheduled to address the rally at the Shaheed Minar Ground.

(With inputs from agencies)

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