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'Demands will be taken up before SC'. Shaheen Bagh protesters clear part of road after assurance

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NEW DELHI: The passage between Kalindi Kunj to Nodia (via Road No. 9, Okhla) which was blocked for more than two months due to the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests at Shaheen Bagh was opened on Saturday.

The passage was opened after the Supreme Court-appointed interlocutor Sadhna Ramachandran assured the protesters that their demands would be taken up before the Supreme Court.

Ramachandran had made a surprise visit to Shaheen Bagh on Saturday morning, the protesters put forth a series of demands before her.

Addressing the protesters, Ramachandran said, 'If the road isn't cleared, then even we would not be able to help you. We are not saying that Shaheen Bagh should be dismantled.'

The protesters asked her if there was any direction from the Supreme Court about their security. They also told her that cases against Jamia and Shaheen Bagh protesters should be withdrawn.

The protesters demanded that the proposed National Population Register should not be implemented and the action should be taken against ministers for their controversial remarks. The families of those who died or injured during the agitation should be given compensation and the government should promise security for the protesters.

Ramachandran, while leaving the protest site, said se would speak to Sanjay Hegde, the second interlocutor appointed by the top court, about her meeting with the protesters. 'The agitation has been continuing for more than two months, putting at discomfort many people who live near the protest site,' she said.

Meanwhile, speaking to IANS, senior advocate and another interlocutor Sanjay Hegde said he would not be going to Shaheen Bagh on Saturday as he was not in town.

DCP South East R.P. Meena visited the site to review the situation. However, the barricades are partially placed and the police are checking every car passing through the passage.

The passage was blocked after protests continued in the Shaheen Bagh area of the national capital against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC).

The move comes four days after the Supreme Court-appointed interlocutors met the protesters at Shaheen Bagh.

(THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS)

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