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Shaheen Bagh news: the interlocutors arrive at Shaheen Bagh to start the second round of talks with protesters | India News


NEW DELHI: Conversations between the interlocutors appointed by the Supreme Court and protesters to evict the road in Shaheen Bagh made little progress on Thursday, as the anti-CAA agitators stood firm to continue their sitting on the site.

They told the interlocutors that once the Citizens Amendment Act and the National Citizens Registry are reversed, they will not only vacate the road but also clean it.

The principal lawyers Sanjay Hegde and Sadhana Ramachandran, the principal interlocutors appointed by the court who arrived at the site in the afternoon on the second consecutive day, were not willing to begin the discussion in the presence of the media.

When the protesters managed to convince the interlocutors to let the media cover the proceedings, a comment from the media staff bothered them. Subsequently, the interlocutors asked the media to leave the tent where the discussions were.

The discussion lasted almost three hours.

Ramachandran began addressing the protesters saying: “We have come here for you. We have to think about it and speak in detail. We are grateful that yesterday we received the blessings of all the dadis.”

He also called on protesters to find another way to continue the protest that does not bother others.

A crowd of more than 100 men and women were not convinced. They responded unanimously in a negative way.

Hegde also tried to persuade them. He said the higher court has recognized his right to protest.

“We cannot make a ‘my road or the highway here’. We need two hands to applaud. If we stand firm and tomorrow if there is a bigger problem and the legislators stand firm and do not listen …”

Hegde said other citizens of the city also need to work, travel and feed their families.

“When Shaheen Bagh has become an example of protests in India, let’s give an example of a protest that doesn’t bother anyone. Everyone should be sure that we are here to fight for you. Don’t think that if your place changes, you fight will be extinguished, “said Hegde.

“We have seen many prime ministers come and go. Whoever comes to power and runs the country … sometimes it could be right or wrong. Whatever he is saying, the whole country is listening and also the prime minister “he added.

On Monday, the Supreme Court noted that the blockade of the road in Shaheen Bagh was “problematic” and suggested that protesters go to another place where no public place would be blocked. However, he maintained his right to protest.

The higher court also asked Hegde to “play a constructive role as an interlocutor” to persuade protesters to move to an alternative site. He said the interlocutors could seek the help of former bureaucrat Wajahat Habibullah.

Protesters, many excited or angry, shared their complaints with the interlocutors on Thursday.

A man broke while talking with the interlocutors.

“I am very afraid … very afraid of what will happen to my children. Madam, save us,” he said.

The interlocutors asked him what he was afraid of, to which he replied: “I am a single father. My girls go to school where they are told to leave the country.”

Another man, while talking with them, said: “I have a national flag on my bicycle. We love this country and stop calling ourselves traitors.” His daughter, who seemed to be under 10 years old, told mediators: “I am a girl and I want a beautiful India.”

Ramchandran repeatedly tried to address his concerns.

“Who says that NRC and CAA cannot be reversed? The Supreme Court will decide on this. You have every right to seek the reversal of this legislation. However, until then one cannot stand firm and say that they will not move until that he makes the decision. ”

As the session continued without any solution, the protesters began to lose patience and some of them even shouted slogans that bothered the interlocutors.

At one point, Ramchandran told one of the protesters to leave the place and said: “The atmosphere here is not suitable for discussion. Women should select a place where 10 to 12 women can come in a group to talk to us. “.

She said that if the Supreme Court wanted to, she could have passed orders to vacate the site. However, they want peaceful mediation and protesters must respect the decision, Ramachandran said.

A woman protester also referred to the death of Judge Birjgopal Harikishan Loya and said that if the judiciary is not sure, how can they be? In 2018, the Supreme Court dismissed a lot of public interest litigation (PIL) in search of an independent investigation into Loya’s death.

A woman protester said she appreciates the efforts of the main court to hear them, but the accusation that only Shaheen Bagh has created the blockade is not correct.

“When L K Advani took out a Rath Yatra, it created more problems for citizens,” he said referring to the rath yatra of the BJP veteran in the early 1990s.

He pointed to the man who had collapsed and said: “Did you see how a father cried and asked for the safety of his children? The atmosphere in his house would be so depressing. His children and all our children see us fighting for our rights.”

Hegde told the protesters that they were making the same performances as Wednesday.

“We are not asking you to stop protesting, just make a small amendment in your movement and let the road be open to everyone. The issue here is related to the blockade,” he said.

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