Entry and exit gates at five metro stations in northeast Delhi were closed on Tuesday in view of protest in the Seelampur area. “Entry and exit gates of Seelampur and Gokulpuri are closed. Trains will not be halting at these stations,” Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) tweeted. Earlier DMRC closed Welcome, Jaffrabad and Maujpur-Babarpur metro stations.
Moments later, two stations on the Pink line, Johri Enclave and Shiv Vihar, were closed.
However, the gates of Seelampur metro station was reopened later.
Angry protesters demanding scraping of citizenship amendment law clashed with police, pelted stones at them and damaged several buses in Northeast Delhi’s Seelampur area. Police resorted to baton charges and fired teargas shells on the protesters who were marching from Seelampur towards Jafrabad.
Earlier today, angry protesters demanding scrapping of the amended citizenship law torched several motor bikes, pelted stones at police and damaged public buses in Northeast Delhi’s Seelampur area, in fresh violence in the national capital. Police resorted to baton charges and fired tear gas shells to disperse the protesters.
Plumes of smoke billowed from at least two localities. Police said two bikes of traffic cops were burnt by the demonstrators, adding a police booth in the area was damaged. A large number of policemen were deployed following the violence.
Police said the protesters were marching from Seelampur towards Jafrabad. Clashes erupted between police and protesters at Seelampur Chowk when the security personnel tried to stop them from moving ahead.
According to a senior police officer, the protest began at around 12 pm. The protesters raised slogans against the new law as well as the National Register of Citizens (NRC). The clashes erupted two days after violence broke out during a protest in the New Friends area in South Delhi near Jamia Millia Islamia.