Clashes erupted between pro and anti- CAA protestors in northeast Delhi’s Jaffrabad on Sunday, soon after BJP leader Kapil Mishra took out a rally near the anti- CAA demonstration. Security officials have confirmed that that the violence was controlled before it could take a communal turn.
Mishra, known for his communal and insensitive tweets, led a rally in favour of the law in Maujpur area, near Jaffrabad, where a protest has been on since Saturday night against the controversial law. At the rally, he issued an “ultimatum” to the Delhi police and demanded that they clear the roads in the area or else, he said, “they would have to hit the streets”.
“Till the US president 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.
Police had to fire tear gas shells to disperse the protesters who resorted to stone-pelting. A few policemen also attempted to pacify the groups. The Delhi Metro also closed entry and exit at Jaffrabad and Maujpur-Babarpur stations till the situation calmed down.
Several anti-CAA protesters, including women, on Saturday, had blocked the road near Jaffrabad metro station. The Bhajanpura Chandbagh was also blocked by the group. Mishra said that the people were “frustrated” due to massive roadblocks as it disconnected them from the rest of Delhi.
The protest against the CAA in Jaffrabad began Saturday night after about 500 women took to the streets and organised a sit-in which blocked the roads. Currently, there is heavy deployment of the police force in Jaffrabad in case the situation takes an ugly turn again.