New Delhi: Anti-CAA protesters on Thursday demanded increased security in Jamia Millia Islamia and Shaheen Bagh. There were recent incidents of firing in these areas. The protesters feared that more such incidents could happen during the February 8 Delhi Assembly elections. There have been three incidents of firing in a week near Jamia Nagar.
On 30 January, a minor opened fire on anti-CAA protesters preparing to march from Jamia towards Rajghat in which a student was injured. Two days later, a 25-year-old man fired two rounds at Shaheen Bagh, where a protest against the new citizenship law is going on. No one was injured in this incident. Thousands of people, including women and children, have been protesting against the amended citizenship law (CAA) and the National Citizenship Register (NRC) in Shaheen Bagh and near Jamia Millia Islamia since December 15. Jamia student Mohammad Hafeez Azmi said, “Students of Jamia Millia Islamia and women of Shaheen Bagh have demanded tight security, including armed policemen.” So far, the disturbing forces are sending people with pistols to shoot and provoke us, but they can do a big attack on polling day.
Delhi Police officials said that they identified 3,141 centers as ‘sensitive’ and 144 centers as ‘highly sensitive’ out of a total of 13,750 polling stations. Officials said 60,000 security personnel, including 38,400 policemen, 19,000 homeguards and the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) would be deployed on the election day. In addition, police will use drones for surveillance on polling day and will also keep a close watch on social media.