Bhubaneswar, December 16 (LocalWire): The protest in Delhi over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and police action against students on Sunday has left thousands of Odias living in the National Capital Region panicky.
Students living in the areas like Jamia Nagar, Okhla, Mathura Road, Ashram, Sukhdev Vihar, New Friends Colony, Jasola and Sarita Vihar in the national capital are taking safer options and restricting their outdoor movement.
Following violence and torching of buses and vehicles, the Delhi Metro Rail Services (DMRC) had closed 16 gates at different stations while road traffic was severely affected due to police barricades at various places causing a lot of inconvenience to the commuters.
The Delhi government has also decided to all schools in South-East Delhi on Monday.
“Though no disturbance has been reported so far today, I was forced to skip my office in Lajpat Nagar. Things are quite normal and metro services are not affected. I took a day off paying due regard to concerned family members. They were scared as disturbances had erupted close to our locality yesterday afternoon,” a banker and resident of New Friends Colony Ardhendu Dixit said.
“Since yesterday evening, I have attended over 100 phone calls replying to frantic queries from relatives back home. My family and friends in Odisha are quite anxious for obvious reasons. There are signs of discontent over CAA in the area where I am living. I have preferred to stay home on the insistence of family members,” Sukhdev Vihar resident Gayan Ranjan Acharya stated.
“There is no reason for getting unduly perturbed as Delhi police are on the job round the clock to avert breach of peace. Life is quite normal. We are hopeful of restoration of absolute normalcy in the next 24 hours,” an Odia-speaking native of Sarita Vihar said.