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In next 10 days, 5,000 more Shaheen Baghs across country: Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad

NEW DELHI: In the next 10 days, there will be 5,000 more protest sites like Shaheen Bagh across the country, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad said on Wednesday evening as he reached the iconic demonstration spot in south Delhi to extend his support to the women protesting against CAA and NRC.

Addressing a massive gathering, the Dalit leader said the Citizenship Amendment Act is a “black law” that is dividing people on religious lines.

“I congratulate those who have participated in this protest. This is not just a political agitation. We have to save the Constitution and unity of the nation,” he told the women who have been staging a sit-in against the CAA for more than a month now.

Azad said even the record-breaking cold has not been able to break the will power of the women.

The protesters, singing Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s Urdu poem ‘Hum Dekhnege’ before Azad’s arrival, got charged as he reached the venue.

Holding the Constitution, he said, “I promise you that in next days there will be at least 5,000 Shaheen Baghs across the country”.

His visit to Shaheen Bagh comes a day after a Delhi court modified the conditions imposed on him while granting him bail.

He was arrested last month for giving “inflammatory speeches” during an anti-CAA protest at Jama Masjid here. The court allowed him to visit Delhi for medical reasons and election purposes.

It also directed Azad to register his presence to the Station House Officer (SHO) of Fatehpur police station in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, every Saturday for four weeks and on the last Saturday of every month.