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Armed man threatens Shaheen Bagh protesters, overpowered

Protesters at Shaheen Bagh in New Delhi on January 19, 2020.

Protesters at Shaheen Bagh in New Delhi on January 19, 2020.   | Photo Credit: Sushil Kumar Verma

He climbed up the stage at around 3 p.m. and asked the people to end the agitation, according to a protester.

An armed man, claiming to have links with a political party, entered the protest area at Shaheen Bagh on January 28 and threatened the agitators, according to eyewitnesses.

A video clip of the alleged incident, doing the rounds on social media, shows a gun-wielding man being overpowered by the protesters.

According to Syed Taseer Ahmed, one of the protesters and a local, the man, who claimed to have links with a political party, climbed up the stage at around 3 p.m. and asked the people to end the agitation.

He was, however, overpowered by other protesters and taken away from the site.

The protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act at Shaheen Bagh, primarily led by women, has been witnessing supporters flocking in thousands everyday.

Some have been critical of it for blocking the road and causing inconvenience to motorists and schoolchildren.

Shaheen Bagh Official, a Twitter handle which posts updates from the protest site, wrote at 6 p.m., “An official and urgent appeal from Shaheen Bagh: armed anti-social elements have entered the protest area. We fear that more right-wing groups could enter and launch an attack. We appeal to all to join the protest, strengthen our numbers and prevent any violence.”

At 6.21 p.m., it tweeted an update — “Infiltrators have been caught and neutralised, and the situation is back to normal. However, we are on alert for more such incidents today and in the coming days as we reach elections in Delhi. Please reach Shaheen Bagh and sites across Delhi in large numbers”.

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