Protesters from Shaheen Bagh, mostly women on a sit-in demonstrations for the last two months to show their dissent against the Citizenship Amendment Act who were marching towards the residence of Union home minister Amit Shah to discuss the contentious law have turned back after being assured of a proper appointment with him.
The Delhi Police, however, did not give permission for the march and a team, dressed in riot gear, is standing 500 meters away to stop the protesters.
“We have asked protesters who are in the delegation which wants to meet home minister Amit Shah today, so we can plan a meeting. But they said that they all want to go. We have denied that, but we will see what we can do,” a senior officer was quoted by news agency ANI.
— ANI (@ANI) February 16, 2020
The protestors decided to talk to Amit Shah after his open invitation at the Times Now Summit on Thursday.
“Anyone with doubts over the CAA could seek an appointment from his office and he would be willing to meet them within the next three days,” Shah had said.
“We will march to Amit Shah’s house along with everyone here. We will speak in front of everyone. We will ask him to give in writing that NRC and CAA will be taken back,” a 76-year-old protester told NDTV.
Shaheen Bagh, being the epicentre of Anti-CAA protests, was made the focus of the BJP’s campaign in Delhi, and was subjected to the hate speeches from BJP leaders.
Last month, Home Minister Amit Shah had asked the audience at a Delhi election campaign meeting to “press the button with such anger that the current is felt at Shaheen Bagh”. He promised them that their vote to the BJP will keep the “country safe and prevent thousands of incidents like Shaheen Bagh”.