No winners in Shaheen Bagh call-off

No winners in Shaheen Bagh call-off

Agency News

Hours after the Delhi Police evicted Shaheen Bagh anti-CAA protest site citing coronavirus outbreak, the Supreme Court-appointed interlocutors - senior advocate Mr. Sanjay Hegde and Mrs. Sadhna Ramachandran - issued a statement saying that at present, the fight against the pandemic should be the priority. They appealed to the administration and the protesters not to do anything further that will aggravate tensions.

'We request everyone to see the issue not as a question of win or loss. The country has a grave pandemic threatening it and currently, that must receive priority in terms of everyone's attention. We request the administration and the protesters to now not do anything that will exacerbate the underlying tensions that culminated in the street protests. We thank the Supreme Court, the protesters, the police and the media for the trust placed in us,' read the statement.

This assumes significance at a time when the Delhi Police allegedly detained several protesters on Tuesday morning and the agitators on their hand planned to move the SC against the forcible eviction, saying since the matter was sub-judice, the administration and the police first ought to have taken the permission of the apex court before embarking on such drastic action.

Protesters were removed and some detained, more than 102 days after they started the agitation, amid a lockdown and curfew in the national capital.. The Supreme Court is seized of the petitions seeking removal of the protesters who had been blocking the main road linking Delhi and Noida.

The statement of the interlocutors added: 'As Supreme Court-appointed interlocutors, we had submitted two reports to the court, detailing our efforts and the situation then prevailing. Our process of interlocution has reinforced many valuable lessons, including the need for continued dialogue at all times. We believe that the Supreme Court-mandated interlocution, kept Shaheen Bagh protests peaceful even while violence erupted in other parts of Delhi. Some rigours of the blockade were relaxed by the protesters clearing some peripheral roads. Today, the few remaining Shaheen Bagh protesters have been finally dispersed peacefully with minimal force.'.

The court had remarked that there cannot be indefinite closure of a public road; there should be a designated area for such protests or everybody will protest everywhere causing a nuisance to the public. Protests cannot be carried out at the cost of citizens' interests… they cannot be inconvenienced,' the court had said.