NEW DELHI: Delhi police on Sunday deployed heavy security in the city’s Shaheen Bagh area, which has been the epicentre of protests against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), 2019, for nearly 100 days now.
The police today also imposed Section 144, which does not allow assembly of four or more people, in the area, in the aftermath of communal violence in the national capital’s northeast region.
Though lawyers appointed by the Supreme Court last week had met anti-CAA protestors to resolve the impasse, a fringe group Hindu Sena on Saturday called for a protest march to end the ongoing sit-in. After the police urged, Hindu Sena on the same day called off its protest march.
More than 10 companies, or 1,000 personnel, of troops have been deployed in Shaheen Bagh. Today, the police issued a directive stating, “People are informed that Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) has been imposed here and it is requested that permission for any gathering is not allowed. Violation of this may invite legal proceedings.”
In addition, paramilitary troops have also been deployed in the area to prevent any violent clashes.
Clashes between Hindu and Muslim groups broke out last Sunday in northeast Delhi, claiming 45 lives and injuring more than 300.