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Shaheen Bagh: 'Protests Peaceful, Police Roadblocks Causing Problem', Wajahat Habibullah Tells Supreme Court

Wajahat Habibullah, In His Affidavit, Has Stated That The Protest In Shaheen Bagh Against CAA Is Peaceful.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Pawas Kumar | Updated on: 23 Feb 2020, 02:12:44 PM
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Wajahat Habibullah, in his affidavit, said that people are facing difficulties due to road blocks imposed by Delhi Police around Shaheen Bagh. (Photo Credit: News Nation/Abhilasha Kishore)

New Delhi:

Wajahat Habibullah, who has been acting as an unofficial intervenor, has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on the road blockage in Shaheen Bagh. In his affidavit, Habibullah has stated that the protest in Shaheen Bagh against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is peaceful. He also stated that the police have blocked five points around Shaheen Bagh.

Habibullah, in his affidavit, said that people are facing difficulties due to road blocks imposed by Delhi Police around Shaheen Bagh. He stated that if these roads are opened by police, it will help in easing public's discomfort.

Wajahat Habibullah, who had visted the Shaheen Bagh area, said that police is currently allowing school vans and ambulance to pass through these blocks after thorough checking. He said that governmen should open a line of communication with the protesters.

A two-judge bench will hear the issue on Monday.

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Earlier, the Supreme Court has appointed senior lawyers Sanjay Hegde and Sadhna Ramachandran as interlocutors to talk to theprotesters at Shaheen Bagh and convince them to move the agitation to an alternative site. The top court has asked theinterlocutors to take help of former chief information commissioner Habibullahin the matter.

Supreme Court had observed that the blockade of the road at Shaheen Bagh was "troubling" and suggested the protesters go to another site where no public place would be blocked. It, however, upheld their right to protest. 

However, talks between the interlocutors and protesters to vacate the road at Shaheen Bagh has made little headway so far as the anti-CAA agitators remained firm on continuing with their sit-in at the site. They told Hegde and Ramachandran that once the Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens are rolled back, they will not only vacate the road but also clean it. The protesters also said it was the police which had closed one of the roads.

A large number of women have been holding a sit-in against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) at Shaheen Bagh in south east Delhi since mid-December.

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First Published : 23 Feb 2020, 12:36:28 PM