Stone-pelting in Delhi's Maujpur as clashes erupt between pro and anti-CAA groups; police fire tear gas, metro station closed

Incidents of stone-pelting took place at Delhi's Maujpur area on Sunday evening as clashes broke out between two groups, some distance away from Jaffrabad where a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act has been underway since last night.

FP Staff February 23, 2020 17:47:56 IST
Stone-pelting in Delhi's Maujpur as clashes erupt between pro and anti-CAA groups; police fire tear gas, metro station closed
  • Incidents of stone-pelting took place at Delhi's Maujpur area on Sunday evening as clashes broke out between two groups

  • The entry and exit gates of the Maujpur-Babarpur Metro station have been closed

  • The police fired tears gas and erected barricades in order to bring the situation under control

Delhi's Maujpur area witnessed incidents of stone-pelting on Sunday evening as clashes broke out between two groups. The violence occurred close to a site in Jaffrabad where a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act had been underway since Saturday night.

Security forces have been deployed in the area. The police fired tear gas and erected barricades in order to bring the situation under control.

The entry and exit gates of the Maujpur-Babarpur Metro station have been closed.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kapil Mishra had called a gathering near the Maujpur traffic signal in support of the amended citizenship law, following which a second group had assembled in the area. Later in the afternoon, a clash erupted between the two groups.

Taking to Twitter, Mishra said, "We have given a three-day ultimatum to the Delhi Police to get the road cleared. Get the Jafrrabad and Chandbagh road cleared".

In a video tweeted by him, where he can be seen addressing the gathering, Mishra blamed the anti-CAA protesters for creating a "riot-like situation". "They (protesters) want to create trouble in Delhi. That's why they have closed the roads. That's why they have created a riot-like situation here. We have not pelted any stone," he said.

"Till US President (Donald Trump) is in India, we are leaving the area peacefully. After that we won't listen to you (police) if the roads are not vacated by then," he told the gathering.

Aman Sharma (22), a student and resident of Maujpur who was part of the group accompanying Mishra, said they were holding a protest against the closure of roads by those opposing the CAA. "At around 2:30 pm, they (anti-CAA protesters) started pelting stones and glass bottles," PTI quoted him as saying.

With inputs from agencies

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