Buses were set on fire on evening of Sunday, 15 December, in south Delhi as protesters staged a demonstration against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
Violence erupted on Mathura Road in southeast Delhi following a clash between police and those protesting the amended Citizenship Act.
The protesters torched DTC buses and a fire tender was damaged, police claimed. Protesters claimed that the police baton charged them when they were holding a peaceful protest. A Delhi Fire Services official said four fire tenders were rushed to the spot.
One fire tender was completely damaged and two personnel were injured, he said.
According to Saimon Farooqui, national secretary of Congress-affiliated National Students’ Union of India, the protesters were peacefully sitting on Mathura Road when policemen tried to “trouble” a couple of protesters, who resisted.
Thereafter, police started lathicharging the protesters and using teargas, he alleged.
Another protester claimed that after the policemen used force, some protesters torched buses and indulged in vandalism.
Delhi Traffic Police tweeted that vehicle movement was closed from Okhla Underpass to Sarita Vihar due to the demonstration. The demonstrators blocked Mathura Road opposite New Friends Colony, the traffic police said. Traffic from Badarpur and Ashram Chowk was diverted to alternate routes due to the road blockade.
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