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“Right to protest is a fundamental right but don’t block the road” ~ Supreme Court

Shaheen Bagh women protesters blocking a major road (Road 13A GD Birla Marg, Shaheen Bagh – Kalindi Kunj area) in New Delhi.

By Our Chief Editor : B. R. Abdul Wajid

New Delhi : The Supreme Court today told SHAHEEN BAGH protesters to come to a “reasonable solution” so that roads are no longer blocked. The apex court was hearing an appeal filed by an advocate Amit Sahni, who had approached the high court seeking directions to the Delhi Police to ensure smooth traffic flow on the Kalindi Kunj-Shaheen Bagh stretch, which remains blocked by anti-CAA protesters since December 15.

The Supreme Court told to SHAHEEN BAGH protesters that “Right to protest is a fundamental right. What is the alternative area they can continue the protests without blocking the road?” Also said that “There are lines and boundaries. You want to protest. No problem. But tomorrow another section of society may hold protests in another area. There must be some method so that traffic flow is free,” the Supreme Court said. “Our concern is if everyone starts blocking roads, where will people go?

The Supreme court told the lawyer, who represented the protesters, that they can continue their agitation but not on a road that’s used by a large number of people everyday. “Give us some time, we will do it,” the lawyer said.

On behalf of Delhi government, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, said the authorities don’t want to escalate the issue. After the Delhi Police alleged that the protesters, mostly women, are “keeping children in the front as a shield.”

Supreme Court appointed two Senior advocates Sanjay Hegde and Sadhana Ramachandran as INTERLOCUTORS and they both will meet the protesters and try to persuade them to continue their agitation in another location so that commuters are not hassled due to road diversions and blockades. Former chief information commissioner Wajahat Habibullah will help them in the task.

SHAHEEN BAGH where Hundreds of people have set up camp and dug in on a stretch of road in south Delhi for over two months now, commuters say the barricades put up by the police around Shaheen Bagh have made their daily run longer and tedious, with frequent traffic jams. Some businesses have complained to the government that they are running into big losses due to the road blockades.

Next hearing is on next monday 24th Feb. Will SHAHEEN BAGH protesters agree to shift the place ? Or Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Shri Amit Shah should intervene in this matter to take back CAA, NRC & NPR ? One of the protesters said “Whether our PM Modi or Amit Shah Ji or any representative from them, they can come and talk to us in writing. If they can convince us that whatever is happening is not against the constitution then we will end this protest”. She said this to B. R. Abdul Wajid.

B. R. Abdul Wajid
Chief Editor
India & Abroad