NEW DELHI: DS Bindra, an advocate, is seen serving langar (a community meal) for many days now at around Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh protests site. Bindra said that he has sold his flat to raise money for the langar. The advocate has also served langar in other areas of Delhi.
According to media reports he suggested that people in India should show unity and stand with each other at this time.
“Even before 1984 [anti-Sikh riots] happened, a public perception was built as if all Sikhs were militants,” said Bindra in an interview with The Telegraph.
Bindra also said that he stands in support with protestors at Shaheen Bagh and the langar will continue as long as the protest continues.
The journalist claimed that he was beaten up and his camera was snatched. The protest at Shaheen Bagh began with the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in December last year and the ensuing police intervention against students at Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University on December 15. Growing in size by the day, it has now become the longest ongoing protest against CAA-NRC-NPR, triggering similar movements in different parts of the country.
CAA aims to protect religiously persecuted Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan by giving them Indian Citizenship. The cut-off date for those to be given citizenship in India has been fixed at, on or before 31st December 2014.
It is important to note that, just a few days ago, Gunja Kapoor, a woman who entered the Shaheen Bagh protest area in a burqa was heckled by protestors. Just a few days ago, Kapil Gujjar, a resident of Dallupura village in east Delhi, opened fire in Shaheen Bagh area. Before this incident, another man with a pistol entered the venue of Shaheen Bagh protests in Delhi. The man reportedly threatened the gathering and asked the protestors to vacate the area. The man with the pistol allegedly shouted, “clear the road or people will die.”
A few days ago, Deepak Chaurasia, consulting editor of News Nation TV has put up a video that shows him getting pushed and shoved by some men at Shaheen Bagh in New Delhi.
Chaurasia who was removed from the venue, was there to cover the ongoing protests against CAA.
The journalist claimed that he was beaten up and his camera was snatched.