Clashes erupt between pro and anti CAA groups in Jaffrabad area, sit-ins begin at many places in nation capital

Kusum Tewari

NEW DELHI: Clashes broke out Sunday evening between pro and anti-CAA groups near Jaffrabad in northeast Delhi after a large number of people who have been protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) blocked a road, while similar sit-ins started in several others part of the national capital.

Police fired tear gas shells as members of the two groups pelted stones at each other in
Maujpur, soon after a gathering called by BJP leader Kapil Mishra who demanded that the police remove anti-CAA protesters within three days.

Tension prevailed in Jaffrabad area and a large number of security personnel deployed as hundreds of people, mostly women, who had been protesting against the CAA, blocked a road near the metro station since the Saturday evening, demanding a rollback of the contentious act.

Chandra Shekhar Aazad-led Bhim Army had also given call for ‘Bharat bandh’ and demonstrations against the CAA.

Similar protests, which mirrored the Shaheen Bagh sit-in where demonstrators have blocked a road since December, started in Khureji Khaas in Karawal Nagar and Chandbagh in northeast Delhi, and Hauz Rani in South Delhi on Sunday, prompting the police to step up security.

LIVE UPDATES: Violence breaks out in Maujpur
For security reasons, the entry and exit gates of Jaffrabad and Maujpur-Babarpur were closed.

The 400-metre-stretch between Maujpur traffic signal, where a Shani temple is located, to Babarpur station, was strewn with bricks and stones after the clashed.

The two groups blamed each other for starting the violence .

Delhi Police personnel later stopped the pro-CAA protestors when they tried to march towards Kardampuri where another anti-CAA protest was on. The security personnel formed a human-chain to separate the groups and defuse tension.

“We are trying to identify the people behind the incident,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Eastern Range) Alok Kumar told reporters.

The situation is under control now, a senior police official said.

“We are continuously speaking to local leaders so that peace prevails in the area and are also requesting protesters to clear the main road,” he said.

He said that police personnel have been deployed at Maujpur area to prevent any untoward incident.

Taking to Twitter, Mishra said, “We have given a three-day ultimatum to the Delhi Police to get the road cleared. Get the Jaffrabad and Chandbagh road cleared.”

In a video tweeted by him in which he is addressing the gathering, Mishra said, “They (protestors) want to create trouble in Delhi, that’s why they have closed the roads. That’s why they have created a riot-like situation here. We have not pelted any stones.”

“Till the US president is in India, we are leaving the area peacefully. After that we won’t listen to you (police) if the roads are not vacated by then,” he told the gathering.

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Delhi: Clashes break out between two groups near Jaffrabad protest site

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