Shaheen Bagh protest site cleared by police amid Delhi lockdown

In view of the complete lockdown in the national capital over highly contagious novel coronavirus, Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh protest site was cleared on Tuesday morning where several protesters were stationed for several months for the agitation against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (southeast) RP Meena, people at the protest venue were requested to vacate the place as lockdown has been imposed by government due to coronavirus outbreak. However, when they refused, police cleared the area and detained few protesters.

“All protest sites have been cleared -Jaffrabad, Jamia and Turkman Gate. Some persons detained in all these places as well,” Delhi police said.

This came after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a lockdown in Delhi to prevent a spread of coronavirus.

Delhi has so far reported 31 coronavirus cases, including one death as the number of COVID-19 cases in country rose to 492, according to Health Ministry website.

To contain the spread of coronavirus, thirty states and Union Territories declared a complete lockdown.