Protesters have left footwear on the benches at Shaheen Bagh to mark Sunday's janata curfew | Photo: By special arrangement
Protesters have left footwear on the benches at Shaheen Bagh to mark the janata curfew | Photo: By special arrangement
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New Delhi: Protesters at Shaheen Bagh in the capital are continuing with their demonstration against the Citizenship Amendment Act in symbolic fashion Sunday, as the country shuts down for a 14-hour ‘janata curfew’ to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

The protesters had originally announced that they would continue as usual on the day of the curfew called by PM Narendra Modi in a TV broadcast Thursday. However, as the appointed hour of 7am approached Sunday, protesters vacated the site, instead laying out their slippers and shoes on the wide benches to mark their symbolic presence.

“We aren’t ending the protest, come what may. But we are mindful of the danger of the coronavirus. So, we adopted this fashion of protest for the day,” Khurshid Alam, one of the organisers of the protest, told ThePrint.

Alam added that women over 60 and children had already been disallowed from the site, with no protester allowed to sit-in for more than four hours.

“Today, only five women will be protesting at a time,” said another organiser, Ritu Kaushik, adding that the normal protest will resume after the janata curfew ends at 9pm.

Also read: ‘Janata curfew’ impact: Cities across India deserted, many trains & flights suspended

Fire scare after petrol bomb hurled

The morning of the curfew was also marked by a fire scare at the Shaheen Bagh protest site, as a petrol bomb was allegedly thrown near one of the protest barricades.

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“We don’t know who it was. Someone on a bike came with some petrol and did this. But locals immediately controlled the situation and doused the fire,” Kaushik said, adding that the unknown assailant fled the scene.

No injuries are reported to have taken place.

Also read: What the word ‘curfew’ means & how janata curfew isn’t literally one


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  1. tell me one line in CAA which says your citizenship would be taken away. Reply here if you have any apart from rhetoric!! Next query Who is funding this agitation for such long? Hows ur household running if you are all camping there? Its ur religion who teaches every non beleiver is a KAFFER, not any other. And this brainwashing starts the day a child is born and it happens five times a day . So u can boast of creating the most heinous terrorist acts of the current world

  2. Only time will teach a good lesson to this Andh bhakts ppl . Still ppl are so ignorant not ready to accepts the fact and figure about new law .

  3. World over there is social distancing keep at least six feet apart. But here putting public life at risk and be a medium for future risk.

    Courts banned azan in loudspeakers 5 times a day but they don’t obey.

    Courts banned prayers on parks other public places they continue to defy that, which by the way is unislamic.

    CAA gives citizenship to persecuted minorities they oppose that.

    Constitution says uniform civil code they defy that.

    There is pandemic and guideline to avoid social contact they defy that too.

    So this is a gist of constitution wielding and law abiding citizens who defy, oppose everything this nation stands for yet ask us to ignore the jihad and radical Islamization fight imposed on secular India.


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