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Wajahat Habibullah who has been asked to assist the SC appointed interlocutors in the Shaheen bagh mediation, filed an affidavit yesterday in the Supreme Court,which stated that the anti-CAA protests there are peaceful.

Last week, Supreme Court appointed interlocutors- Sadhana Ramachandran and Sanjay Hegde- had visited the protesters trying to convince them to hold protest in a different site.

Protest is peaceful

Wajahat Habibullah, former Chief Information Officer informed the Supreme Court that the protest was peaceful in Shaheen Bagh and he added that the inconvenience caused to commuters were due to the blockades by Delhi police.

“The ladies at the site include the old, middle-aged and young, along with little children. The assembly is peaceful,” the report said.
Habibullah added that the protest emerged out of  desperation despite the blanket threats to their lives.
The report states, “They have emphasised that they sit in protest every day facing threats of attacks as well as actual attacks, including shots being fired and constant vilification.”
Sadhana also blamed the police for the blockades.
“When we checked the roads, we noticed that many roads are open, which were blocked by the police. I am very upset to say that the Noida-Faridabad road, which was opened on Friday, was again closed by the police. Whoever has done this is now answerable to the Supreme Court,” she had said on Friday.

Road from Jamia to Noida opened

Meanwhile according to reports of ANI, the protesters have now opened the road in Shaheen Bagh between Jamia to Noida and Faridabad. The road was blocked for 70 days by the protesting crowd. Security forces deployed at Shaheen Bagh are still monitoring the situation and traffic.

SC to consider plea on 26th Feb

The Supreme Court which heard the matter today had postponed the hearing on the matter to February 26th. A two member bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and K M Joseph are now hearing the case.

The interlocutors appointed by the SC remained unsuccessful in convincing the protesters to shift the site of protest.

The protesters had welcomed the interlocutors to the site and said that they are thankful and requested them to inform Supreme Court to roll back the act.

“We are thankful that you came. Now you ask the government to roll back this act. We are forced by the government to sit on the streets,” said the protesters.

Pakistan conspiracy behind Shaheen Bagh: Giriraj Singh

Union minister Giriraj Singh meanwhile said that Pakistan is conspiring with the protesters at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh and Jaffrabad.

“After the abrogation of Sections 370 and 35A, the ISI-sponsored fundamentalists are bent on turning Delhi into old Kashmir. The protests in Jaffrabad and Shaheen Bagh are the results of Pakistan’s conspiracy,” Mr Singh tweeted.

Meanwhile, BJP’s KApil Mishra also slammed the protesters.

Taking to Twitter, Kapil Mishra said, “Dilli mein doosra Shaheen Bagh nahi banne denge [will not another Shaheen Bagh in Delhi].”

Shaheen Bagh had been witnessing a round-the-clock protest since December 15th. Women in the predominantly Muslim locality have been protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the proposed National Register of Citizens at Shaheen Bagh. The protest has been challenged in the Supreme Court by petitioners claiming that the demonstrators have blocked traffic.

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