New Delhi: Protests that started in Shaheen Bagh over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) have now taken a fierce form in other areas of Delhi. After Maujpur, there has been a clash in Bhajanpura too. During this time, the protesters set the vehicles and shops ablaze. A petrol pump was set on fire in Bhajanpura as petrol bombs were thrown by anti-CAA protesters. Once the violence escalated, parliamentary forces were called in to restore peace.
Protesters for and against the controversial citizenship law threw stones, set vehicles and shops ablaze and transformed parts of the national capital into a war zone, forcing the deployment of paramilitary forces and the banning of large gatherings in the area. This incident is of Kabir Nagar area near Maujpur metro station. This area is said to be Muslim majority.
On the other hand, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has expressed grief over this incident. He said, “Very distressing news regarding disturbance of peace and harmony in parts of Delhi coming in.I sincerely urge Hon’ble LG n Hon’ble Union Home Minister to restore law and order n ensure that peace and harmony is maintained. Nobody should be allowed to orchestrate flagrations.”
In Delhi’s Jaffarabad and Maujpur areas, protesters set fire to at least two houses, adding the tension. In these areas, there were clashes between pro and anti-CAA groups for the second consecutive day on Monday. The protesters threw stones at each other. Police released tear gas shell in an effort to control the situation.
Delhi Metro had closed the entry and exit gates at Zafarabad and Maujpur-Babarpur stations amid tension in the area. The entry and exit gates of Zafarabad Metro Station have been closed for the last 24 hours. A large number of people protesting against the CAA had blocked the road on Sunday, following which clashes between supporters and opponents of the CAA began in Zafarabad. Similar protests also started in many other areas of Delhi. The BJP leader Kapil Mishra, who has a history of making communal and incendiary comments, held a pro-CAA rally in the area. At the rally, he gave an “ultimatum” to the Delhi police to clear the roads in the area or else, he said, they would have to hit the streets.