HC asks police to deal with Shaheen Bagh protest

NEW DELHI: The Delhi high court on Tuesday asked traffic police and state government to “look into” the ongoing traffic restrictions and road closure at Kalindi Kunj that is causing huge inconvenience to lakhs of commuters.
Due to the blockade owing to protesters camping at Shaheen Bagh, the commuters are compelled to take alternate routes.
A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar asked the police to examine the grievances of locals in a time bound manner while keeping in mind the “larger public interest.”
In the process it disposed of a petition filed by advocate and social activist Amit Sahni, seeking direction to the Delhi Police Commissioner to withdraw the closure of Kalindi Kunj-Shaheen Bagh stretch and Okhla underpass, which were closed on December 15, 2019 for ongoing protests against CAA and National Register of Citizen (NRC). It was a temporary measure but has been extended from time to time.
The Kalindi Kunj stretch is quite crucial as it connects Delhi, Faridabad (Haryana) and Noida (Uttar Pradesh) and commuters who use these roads are forced to take alternative routes Delhi-Noida-Delhi (DND) Expressway and Ashram, which is causing hours of traffic jams and wastage of time and fuel, it said. The plea said children, who take that route, are compelled to leave home two hours prior to school timing.
It claimed that the authorities have failed to take appropriate action to give relief to the residents of the locality and lakhs of commuters of Delhi, UP and Haryana. Sahni said he has given representation to the authorities on January 3 but no action has been taken till date.
Besides Delhi Police, the plea has made the Centre and the Delhi government as parties, seeking from them requisite assistance to the police in addressing the issue.

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