After Police Crackdown at Red Fort Protest, Thousands Throng to Jantar Mantar
Masihuzzama Ansari | India Tomorrow
NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 19— Even as the Delhi Police imposed Section 144 prohibiting gathering of four persons or more, detained thousands from near the Red Fort and suspended mobile internet in several parts of the city, thousands of people thronged to the Jantar Mantar, the official safe zone for demonstrations, and protested against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and police crackdown on students of Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University.
Earlier, a big protest march from Red Fort was planned but as soon as people started to gather near the historic site, police already there dozens of empty buses detained people and took them away to far-off places. Besides thousands of common people, the city police also detained eminent persons including Sitaram Yechury, Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan and Harsh Mander.
From near the Red Fort, several youth leaders including members of United Against Hate – Umar Khalid, Nadeem Khan and Khalid Saifi were also detained. Scores of women protestors were also detained by the police.
At Jantar Mantar, holding placards and banners, people from different walks of life and different parts of the city were denouncing the new law as unconstitutional as it discriminates with Muslims on the ground of religion.
“We are here to protest against NRC and CAA. We are not here only to protest against the draconian law which the government has drafted to divide the Indians on the basis of religion but to fight for the idea of India. The Idea of India is in danger today. The new law that the government has brought into force now goes against the spirit of our Constitution,” said eminent journalist Ziya us Salam while talking to India Tomorrow at Jantar Mantar.
CAA will provide Indian citizenship to only non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan whether they have documents or not. Meanwhile, the central BJP government has also announced to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC) across the country. This has frightened the Muslims who think that only they would be caught for lack of required documents.