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Shutdown evokes good response in Punjab, partial in Haryana

Reports of partial shutdown of shops and other establishments were received from Punjab’s Patiala, Ludhiana, Bathinda, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar and other places.

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Trade Unions strike

Chandigarh, Jan 8 : The nationwide shutdown called by trade unions on Wednesday against the Centre’s policies evoked a good response in Punjab as normal life was disrupted, but in Chandigarh and neighbouring Haryana, it was mixed.

Rail traffic in Amritsar and Ludhiana cities was badly hit for several hours as farmers and members of labour organisations squatted on railway lines.

There was no report of any untoward incident from anywhere in the states.

The activists of several farmer associations were seen asking traders at several places in the Congress-ruled Punjab to keep their shops and business establishments closed to mark the pan-India protest.

Reports of partial shutdown of shops and other establishments were received from Punjab’s Patiala, Ludhiana, Bathinda, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar and other places.

With some state-run roadways unions joining the strike, buses were off the roads in Punjab.

In the Punjabi University in Patiala, some students and teachers joined the protest and did not allow others to enter the university campus.

They also condemned the violence at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi.

In Chandigarh, shops were slowly opening in some sectors but banking and postal services were badly impacted.

However, in neighbouring BJP-ruled Haryana, the impact of shutdown was mixed.

A faction of Haryana Roadways joined the strike, barring a few places including Sirsa.

Sufficient security arrangements were made in both the states to prevent any untoward incidents, said a senior police official here.

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Anti-CAA protest turns violent in Aligarh, Internet blocked

The police lathicharged the protesters and also used tear gas shells to disperse the crowd.

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Aligharh Protest

Aligarh, Feb 23 : The protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) turned violent on Sunday evening after the women sitting on protest were asked to move from there.

Many shops, two-wheelers and police barricades were set ablaze and stone pelting was reported from Babri Mandi, Ghas-ki-Mandi and Upperkot.

The police lathicharged the protesters and also used tear gas shells to disperse the crowd.

The administration has also blocked Internet services in the area from 6 p.m. to 12 midnight.

A huge crowd has gathered to protest against the CAA and the NRC at Shahjamal Idgah here. Women protesters have been removed from Upperkot Kotwali area. The crowd has been chanting anti-government slogans.

Several Bhim Army workers were also present among the protesters at Delhi Gate and Upperkot area.

The police said the women started throwing stones at police vehicles. The police said they have identified several students of Aligarh Muslim University who are involved in the stone pelting incident.

Heavy police force has been deployed at Delhi Gate and Upperkot.

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Entry and exit gates of Jaffrabad metro station closed by DMRC due to ongoing protest against CAA, NRC

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Jaffrabad metro station

NEW DELHI: The ongoing protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register for Citizens (NRC) at Jaffrabad has forced DMRC to close the entry and exit gates of the metro station in the area. Trains will not be halting at the station.

The protest which began on Friday continued on Sunday.

Over 1,000 women gathered in front of the metro station and began a sit-in on the road which connects Seelampur to Maujpur and Yamuna Vihar.

Protesters plan to take a foot march from Jaffrabad road to Rajghat on Sunday. However, Delhi Police have denied permission for the march.

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Pro, anti-CAA protesters clash in Delhi; two injured

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New Delhi, Sporadic incidents of stone pelting on Sunday between anti and pro-CAA groups at Maujpur in east Delhi broke a relative lull in tension over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act.

The police fired teargas shells amid reports of two people being injured.

The tension erupted after a pro-CAA rally in the area was stoned by a group of anti-CAA protesters. Following stone pelting by both groups, the police stepped in to disperse the two groups.

Teargas shells were fired and two people have been reported injured following the outbreak of violence.

Maujpur is near Jaffrabad, where anti-CAA protesters had barricaded the road since Saturday night in support of the bandh call given by Chandrasekhar Azad of Bhim Army against the CAA.

Metro stations have been shut down in the area as a precautionary measure. Metro rail stations that have been shut down include the Maujpur-Babarpur and the Seelampur metro station, adding to the overall congestion and chaos prevailing in the area.

More security forces are being directed to the spot from other areas including nearby Jaffrabad.

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