India: No police authority for anti-CAA demonstrations today; at least 15 metro stations closed in Delhi
The Delhi Police stated in a release that permission for protest movements against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill expected to take place in the national capital on Thursday had not been given.
Two massive protest demonstrations are set for Thursday. The last one, named by other left parties, is expected to march from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar at 12:00 p.m. All other rally is also being organized underneath the banner of ‘ Hum Bharat Ke Log ‘ and is scheduled to protest from Lal Quila to Shaheed Bhagat Singh Park (ITO) today at 11:30 a.m. The authorization has not been given for either, the Delhi Police said.
This very day, the police released two claims. “Consent has not been given for a march to be conducted under the banner of ‘ Hum Bharat Ke Log ‘ targeting the Citizenship Amendment Act from Lal Quila to Shaheed Bhagat Singh Park (ITO) at 11:30 a.m. today,” the Delhi Police have confirmed. A next comment made it clear that the other demonstration, too, does not have approval from the authorities. “Approval has not been given for a protest march to be conducted by the Communist parties from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar over the Citizenship Amendment Act and the NRC at 12 p.m. today,” read the following text.
Section-144 of the Code of Administrative law (CrPC) barring the gathering of more than four people in an area or ‘ curfew ‘ near the Red Fort town.
Amid the implementation of Section 144 in the Red Fort area, a significant number of protesters mobilized to demonstrate against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Some of these agitators have also been held by the Delhi Police.
In fact, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has stated that the entrances and exits gates from several metro stations will stay closed. This would include:- Jamia Millia Islamia, Jasola Vihar, Shaheen Bagh, Munirka, Lal Quila, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Vishwavidyalaya, Patel Chowk, Lok Kalyan Marg, Udyog Bhawan, Ito, Pragati Maidan, Khan Road, and the Central Central committee. Railways are not going to stop at these platforms.
Mass demonstrations have raged throughout India against all the latest Citizenship (Amendment) Act passed by the Parliament last week. Demonstrations from the Northeast have now extended to the capital of Delhi, where demonstrations have also turned physical.
On Sunday, a huge uproar exploded after the Delhi Police initiated a brutal crackdown on the victims of Jamia Millia Islamia after a demonstration in the area turns violent. Some students quickly sought to distance themselves from the brutality and said that there was no way of burning busses in the New Friends Colony region.
Controversial law guarantees residency to “illegal immigrants” belong to black communities in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh who have escaped religious persecution in the three nations.
Although experts say that the legislation is contradictory to the voluntary nature of the Indian Constitution and is part of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), it may be misused to exclude any Muslim citizenship in the country.
The BJP, furthermore, claimed that the legislation has nothing to do with Muslims and only supports those who have suffered religious persecution in nearby countries.