The Hindu Sena had earlier called for a gathering to clear the Shaheen Bagh protest site on March 1, stating that Delhi Police had failed to clear the road.
New Delhi| Authorities in Delhi on Sunday (March 1) imposed Section 144 in New Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh along with a heavy deployment of police personnel even though the Hindu Sena had called off the protest calling for clearing of roads which Anti-CAA protesters have blocked since two months.
Joint Commissioner DC Srivastava told news agency ANI, “As a precautionary measure, there is heavy police deployment here. Our aim is to maintain law and order and prevent any untoward incident from occurring.”
In a statement, the Hindu Sena said that police pressured them to call off their peaceful protest on Sunday. It also claimed that their national president Vishnu Gupta was “illegally detained”.
However, police said that no one was detained and the organisation called off their protest after a conversation with senior officials.
Shaheen Bagh, near Jamia Millia Islamia, has been a protest venue for a section of people opposed to the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens since December 15 last year.
Forty-three people have been killed and more than 200 wounded after intense riots happened a week ago which involved bloodshed, arson and looting.
About 40 people are still in hospital after four days of violence. The police have filed 167 FIRs and arrested or detained 885 people for Delhi’s worst riots in three decades. But it’s not just about the human cost.
About 92 houses, 57 shops, 500 vehicles, 6 godowns, 2 schools, 4 factories and 4 religious places were burnt down during the riots, Mail Today has learnt. The fire department received 248 riot calls from multiple locations between Monday and Friday.
The riots have led to property and business losses of over Rs 1,000 crore, including structural damages worth Rs 250 crore, multiple estimates have shown.
(Inputs from India Today)