Protesters for and against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act or CAA clashed in northeast Delhi’s Maujpur today. The spot is near Jaffarabad, where a protest has been on since last night against the citizenship law. The trouble started when a local BJP leader decided to hold a rally in favour of the law.
Television footage from the spot showed protesters throwing stones at each other across a road, standing close to police barricades.
There are reports that the police, who have gathered at the spot in large numbers along with para-military personnel, used tear gas to bring the mob under control. But while the situation was brought under control, it did not disperse protesters altogether.
The police did not use force owing to the presence of a large number of women among the anti-CAA protesters.
Demanding repeal of the citizenship law, around 200 women began the sit-in near the Jaffrabad metro station last night. They were seen carrying national flags as they shouted “Azaadi (freedom)” slogans amid heavy police presence.
The crowd swelled overnight as more women and children joined them. “We want freedom from CAA, NRC,” said one of them. The metro station was temporarily closed this morning due to the protests.