Shaheen Bagh protesters demand fair probe in Delhi violence

The protesters sought an inquiry about how the people came to Delhi from UP during the violence

Shaheen Bagh
Shaheen Bagh in Delhi had turned epicentre of anti-citizenship law protests in 2019 | File Photo: PTI

The women of Shaheen Bagh demanded on Friday (March 13) a fair probe in the communal violence in northeast Delhi and a compensation of ₹1 crore to the victims.

“There should be an inquiry about how the people came to Delhi from UP during the violence,” a group of women at the site said at a late-night press conference.

“We want a fair probe into the violence in Jaffrabad, Shiv Vihar and Maujpur,” they added.

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The communal clashes that broke out in northeast Delhi on February 24 and continued till February 26, claimed at least 53 lives and left over 200 people injured, besides inflicting massive damage to properties and businesses.

The women said their protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, National Register of Citizens (NRC), National Population Register (NPR) and police action at the Jamia Millia Islamia completed its 90 days at Shaheen Bagh on Friday.

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“On Thursday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said in Rajya Sabha that no Muslim needs to be scared. We want to tell the home minister that not only Muslims but other minorities are also scared,” a protester said.

The Centre should also pass a resolution against the contentious citizenship law and NRC in Parliament, and revoke the amendments to the Act, a protester demanded.

As a precautionary measure against the coronavirus pandemic, the women said the protesters were being provided with masks and hand sanitisers.

“The women are regularly cleaning their hijabs. No need to be scared of coronavirus,” the protesters added.

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