Prohibitory orders imposed in northeast Delhi following Seelampur violence

Prohibitory orders were imposed in northeast Delhi in the wake of violence that ensued in Seelampur following protest over the Citizenship Amendment Act.

Section 144 CrPc has been imposed in northeast Delhi, a police officer said.

Assembly of more than four people is banned under the orders.

On Tuesday, violence had broken out in the area over the amended Citizenship Act. Thousands of protesters clashed with police and damaged vehicles and also tried to torch a police post on Tuesday.

More than 10,000 residents of Seelampur, Jafrabad and adjoining areas assembled near Seelampur Chowk around 1 pm and marched towards Jafrabad area. After a short phase of peaceful protest march, it turned violent.

The mob damaged school and DTC buses on the road. Subsequently, some of the agitators pelted police with stones, leading to massive clash.

The police have registered FIR in connection with the violence. At least, six people were detained.

Protests have raged across India since the controversial Citizenship law was passed by the Indian parliament.

The law allows non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, who entered India illegally, to become citizens.

Critics say the law is part of the government’s agenda to marginalise Muslims. While some fear mass migration could leave the local population as a minority in their own lands.

The United Nations Human Rights office voiced concern that the new law was fundamentally discriminatory in nature.

The UK, US, Australia and Canada have issued travel warnings to its citizens visiting India.