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CAA clashes: Entry-Exit gates of 5 metro stations shut, Delhi police imposes sec 144 in affected areas

CAA clashes: Entry-Exit gates of 5 metro stations shut, Delhi police imposes sec 144 in affected areas

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 24 Feb 2020, 02:46 pm

New Delhi/UNI: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Monday closed entry and exit gates of five stations following violence in northeast Delhi’s Jaffrabad and Maujpur during clashes between pro-Citizenship (Amendment) Act agitators and those who are against the Act even as Delhi Police imposed section 144 of CrPc in affected areas.

''Entry & exit gates of Jaffrabad, Maujpur-Babarpur, Gokulpuri, Johri Enclave and Shiv Vihar are closed. Trains will terminate at Welcome metro station," the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said in a tweet.

The police also appealed to people to maintain peace and not to pay heed to rumours.

In a series of tweets, the Delhi Police said, ''Some incidents of violence and arson have been reported in the areas of North East District, particularly in the areas of Maujpur, Kardampuri, Chand Bagh and Dayalpur. It is appealed to the people of Delhi and particularly to the North East District to maintain peace and harmony.''

''People should not believe in false rumors. It is also appealed to the media not to circulate any disturbing pictures which may further aggravate the situation.

''Delhi Police is making every effort to restore normalcy. Sec 144 has been imposed in the affected areas of North East district and strict action will be taken against miscreants and anti social elements,'' the Delhi Police said.

A police personnel died as clashes erupt between two groups over Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Maujpur in Delhi.

According to police, head constable Ratan Lal posted in the ACP Gokalpuri office was killed during the clashes in the North East Delhi.

Expressing grief over the incident, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, "The death of the police head constable is very sad. He was also one of us. Please renounce violence. Nobody benefits from this. All problems will be solved by peace."

For the second consecutive day, clashes  broke out in Maujpur area in the national capital as pro and  anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protesters pelted stones at each other.

A large number of police have been deployed in the area.

Taking to twitter Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal said, "Instructed @DelhiPolice and @CPDelhi to ensure that law and order is maintained in North East Delhi. The situation is being closely monitored. I urge everyone to exercise restraint for maintenance of peace and harmony."

"We are deeply disturbed by the news of the death of @DelhiPolice constable late Ratan Lal today. We stand in solidarity against any violence and hate, and our prayers are with the family," Shaheen Bagh official twitter handle said.