During a pro-CAA rally in Delhi's Maujpur area, a clash between pro and anti-CAA protesters led to stone-pelting and the situation escalated within a matter of minutes
Maujpur: Delhi witnessed violence today as tensions escalated during a pro-CAA rally. This is the same area which has been witnessing a sit-in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Law (CAA).
A clash between pro and anti-CAA protesters broke out leading to stone-pelting on the streets of Delhi.
Delhi Police attempted to assuage the crowd and has fired tear gas shells to disperse the mob and contain the situation.
The pro-CAA rally had been called by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kapil Mishra. Mishra, however, wasn't present at the time of pelting of stones.
BJP leader Kapil Mishra also took to Twitter to share a video in which he is talking to pro-CAA protesters in the presence of police. In his tweet, Mishra gives Delhi Police an ultimatum of three days to empty the streets of protesters.
In the video, Mishra states, “In the presence of the DCP, I say that not one of us (pro-CAA protesters) have pelted stones. We have remained calm and will do so until Trump is here. Even after that, If the streets are not cleared of protesters, we will not listen to you (police).
He added to his statement after the applause of people around him stating, “I request you to clear the streets by the time Trump leaves, or we will have to come on to the streets.”
The number of people who sustained injuries in the violence that ensued the standoff are unclear.
Further details are awaited.
A large number of anti-CAA protesters including over 1,000 women on Saturday night gathered at Jaffrabad metro station and blocked the road under it. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had to close entry and exits at the metro station after viewing the situation on February 23.
Last Updated 23, Feb 2020, 5:48 PM