AGENCIES, New Delhi: Amid nationwide lockdown over coronavirus spread, Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, heart of protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Act, was cleared on Tuesday morning after 101 days of agitation.
Cops reached the site of the protest at around 7 am. “They were not clearing the protest site despite repeated persuasion. When they refused to move, they were removed forcefully at around 7:30 am,” said an official, adding that large gatherings have been banned under Section 144 over COVID-19. Nine people, including six women and three men, have been detained. “The protest site would be cleaned up with the help of civic body,” he added.
The action comes two days after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a lockdown in the city as a part of the imposition of countrywide restrictions in the fight against coronavirus.
The national capital, which has reported over 30 coronavirus cases including one death, has shut public transport, sealed its borders and closed shops, allowing in only the essential items. Across India, over 470 cases have been reported, including nine deaths. Thirty states and union territories are under complete lockdown.
Last week, Delhi Police had urged the anti-CAA protesters at Shaheen Bagh, mostly women, to call off their agitation. The protesters, who began their sit-in on December 15, did not agree to the request.