New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Sunday morning imposed Section 144 and made a heavy deployment of security personnel in New Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh area, where several women have been leading a protest on the road against the new citizenship law for more than two months.
The Hindu Sena had earlier called for a gathering to clear the Shaheen Bagh protest site on March 1, stating that Delhi Police had failed to clear the road that has been blocked by anti-CAA protesters since December 15 last year.
While the fringe right-wing group on Saturday called off its proposed protest, police officials said Section 144 was being imposed as a “precautionary measure” in the wake of the communal riots in north-east Delhi.
In a statement, the Hindu Sena said that police pressured them to call off their peaceful protest on Sunday. It also claimed that their national president Vishnu Gupta was "illegally detained".
However, police said that no one was detained and the organisation called off their protest after a conversation with senior officials.
"The proposed protest call was cancelled with timely intervention. But as a precautionary measure, we have made heavy police deployment here," Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southeast) RP Meena said.
Twelve companies, including two of female forces, have been deployed in Shaheen Bagh, 100 men each from four police districts have also been deployed along with the local police, the official said.
The Hindu Sena said in a statement police pressured them to call off their protest on Sunday against the Shaheen Bagh agitation.
Shaheen Bagh, near Jamia Millia Islamia, has been a protest venue for a section of people opposed to the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens since December 15 last year.