New Delhi, February 24: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Monday closed nine stations in northeast Delhi in the wake of violence that broke out in Jaffrabad and Maujpur after clashes erupted between pro and anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) groups. The DMRC, initially closed Jaffrabad, Maujpur-Babarpur, Gokulpuri, Johri Enclave and Shiv Vihar metro station. Moments later, entry and exit gates of four other metro stations - Udyog Vihar, Janpath, Patel Nagar and Central Secretariat were also shut down. However, interchange facility will be open at Central Secretariat. Delhi Police Head Constable Killed, DCP Injured in Violence And Stone Pelting Between Pro, Anti-CAA Protesters in Gokulpuri.
The DMRC in a statement said, “Entry & exit gates of Jaffrabad, Maujpur-Babarpur, Gokulpuri, Johri Enclave and Shiv Vihar are closed. Trains will terminate at Welcome metro station” Earlier in the day, a head constable of the Delhi Police was killed in the violence. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) of Shahdara range, Amit Sharma, was also injured in the clashes. Sharma was shifted to the Max Hospital for immediate medical attention. Jaffrabad Violence: Won't Allow Second Shaheen Bagh in Delhi, Says Kapil Mishra After Pro, Anti-CAA Protesters Clash at Maujpur.
Delhi: Entry & exit gates of Jaffrabad, Maujpur-Babarpur, Gokulpuri, Johri Enclave, and Shiv Vihar metro stations are closed following violence in the North-East district. Trains will terminate at the Welcome metro station. pic.twitter.com/9Fpvjthze7
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The region is on a boil since Sunday, after a group of anti-CAA protesters decided to stage a Shaheen Bagh-like demonstration in Jaffrabad. The anti-CAA protesters were challenged by a pro-CAA group after which stone-pelting was reported in the area.
On Monday, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal asked the Delhi Police to ensure law and order in the national capital. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal condemned the violence. He said that Baijal had assured to increase police deployment in the area. Following fresh clashes, Section 144 has been imposed at 10 locations of North East Delhi.