NEW DELHI: Sporadic incidents of stone-pelting on Sunday between anti and pro-CAA groups at Maujpur in east Delhi broke a relative lull in tension over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act.
Police fired a few rounds of tear gas shells to contain the crowd as the situation escalated out of control.
Several protesters have been injured. Chants of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ were also raised at the site of the incident.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kapil Mishra on Sunday held a pro-CAA rally in Maujpur, close to Jaffrabad.
While addressing a gathering, Mishra gives a three-day ultimatum to the Delhi Police to vacate the Jaffrabad and Chand Bagh roads.
“Trump ke jaane tak toh hum shaanti se jaa rahe hain. Lekin uske baad hum aapki bhi nahi sunenge agar raaste khaali nahi huye toh. Trump ke jaane tak aap Jaffrabad aur Chand Bagh khaali karwa dijiye, aisi aapse vinti kar rahe hain, uske baad hamein road par aana padega [We will not do anything till Donald Trump leaves. But after Donald Trump leaves India, we would not even listen to you if the roads are not vacated. Get the Jaffrabad and Chand Bagh roads cleared, we are requesting you, after that, we will have to hit the streets]” Mishra was heard saying in the video he tweeted.
Maujpur is near Jaffrabad, where anti-CAA protesters had barricaded the road since Saturday night in support of the bandh call given by Chandrasekhar Azad of Bhim Army against the CAA.
Around 500 people, mostly women gathered near northeast Delhi’s Jaffrabad metro station which connects Seelampur with Maujpur and Yamuna Vihar to raise their voice against the CAA and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Delhi Metro authorities also close the entry and exit gates of the station in the area as a precautionary measure.
More security forces are being directed to the spot from other areas including nearby Jaffrabad.