Delhi HC rejects plea seeking removal of police barricades from Shaheen Bagh protest area

Women protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act at Shaheen Bagh. (Express File photo: Tashi Tobgyal)

The Delhi High Court on Friday refused to entertain a petition seeking removal of police barricades from New Delhi's Shaheen Bagh area, where anti-CAA-NRC protests are underway, as it is causing traffic congestion on the DND flyover, ANI has reported.  The petition also sought shifting of protesters elsewhere.

The handwritten application was mentioned before a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar.
The letter, written by Tushar Sehdev and Raman Kalra, mentioned that the Delhi-UP, Delhi-Uttarakhand routes and the stretches from Delhi to Noida hospitals, Ashram and Badarpur are unavailable as the roads around Shaheen Bagh are blocked and vehicles are being diverted to the DND flyover due to the protests. Lakhs of people, including those facing emergencies are suffering because of the road blockade, the letter said.

The protest is affecting several lakh vehicles which are forced to avoid the route, the plea said, claiming
that protesters have put barricades and heavy stones on the sides of the roads and are not even allowing pedestrians to pass. The perition also alleged that the protesters have also damaged road dividers and other public properties installed on the roads causing loss to the government exchequer.

For more than 25 days now, women residents of Shaheen Bagh have been staging a sit-in on Kalindi Kunj Road to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the proposed National Register of Citizens. The protest continues day in and day out and attracts a huge crowd every day.

Amid speculations of the protest being called off that started making rounds on January 2, the women had stated that they would go on with their protest despite “rumours”.