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Amit Shah calls urgent meeting over Jaffrabad violence

NEW DELHI, FEB 24 (IANS) | Publish Date: 2/24/2020 12:50:39 PM IST

Meanwhile, Home Secretary A.K. Bhalla said that the agencies are keeping a close watch on the situation and the necessary arrangements have been done to restore peace in the area. According to top placed sources in the Home Ministry, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah were in Ahmedabad to welcome US President Donald Trump, the violence at Jaffrabad, Bhajanpura, Maujpur, Dayalpur and Gokulpuri area intensified. Since Trump will be in Delhi on Monday, the Home Minister himself took charge to control the situation in the capital.

A top placed source told IANS: “Home Minister called for an urgent meeting on Monday evening in which Home Secretary Bhalla, Delhi LG Anil Baijal and Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik were instructed to control the situation as soon as possible.”
Bhalla on Monday evening said: “We are monitoring the situation at north-east Delhi and violence has been curtailed to some extent. The police and the paramilitary forces have been asked to be on alert. If required, the government will take strict action so as to restore peace in the area.”
Violence erupted in Jaffrabad after pro and anti-CAA groups clashed on Sunday and it intensified on Monday. A Delhi Police head constable was killed in the violence while a DCP was injured.
Cong seeks Shah’s resignation; Rahul condemns violence
The Congress on Monday questioned the ‘silence’ of Home Minister Amit Shah over the clashes in Delhi and demanded his resignation, as party leader Rahul Gandhi urged people to show restraint, compassion and understanding irrespective of the provocation.
The party also blamed the Delhi police for failing to maintain law and order in the city and criticised Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for having “shaken off his responsibility”, saying people of Delhi are paying the price of a political blame game. Gandhi said peaceful protests are a sign of a healthy democracy, but violence can never be justified. “The violence today in Delhi is disturbing and must be unequivocally condemned. Peaceful protests are a sign of a healthy democracy, but violence can never be justified. I urge the citizens of Delhi to show restraint, compassion and understanding no matter what the provocation,” he tweeted.   Clashes broke out between groups supporting and opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) in northeast Delhi’s Jaffrabad and Maujpur on Monday, with protesters torching houses, shops and vehicles, and hurling stones at each other.
A Delhi Police head constable was killed and a deputy commissioner of police injured in the violence.  Clashes were also reported in Chandbagh and Bhajanpura areas of the city. 
This is the second day of clashes in Delhi where US President Donald Trump will arrive on Monday evening. 
“Delhi police has completely failed to maintain law and order. Delhi CM has shaken off his responsibility completely, while the HM stays silent. HM should take responsibility and resign immediately. The people of Delhi are paying the price of political blame-game,” the Congress said on its official Twitter handle.  
“The horrific violence in parts of Delhi, resulting in the loss of life of a head constable, is deeply saddening. We appeal to everyone to maintain peace and law and order in the capital,” the party said.
‘Govt busy with Trump’s visit when Delhi is burning & Kashmiris deprived of rights’
PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter Iltija Mufti on Monday said the government was busy with the visit of US President Donald Trump to India, while Delhi was “burning” and 8 million Kashmiris deprived of their fundamental rights. 
She said the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi is remembered only during visits by foreign dignitaries to Sabarmati Ashram. “’Hi Tea’ & Namastey Trump while Delhi burns & 8 million Kashmiris remain deprived of fundamental rights. Gandhi ji’s legacy remembered only at perfunctory visits to Sabarmati ashram by foreign dignitaries. His values long forgotten,” Iltija tweeted.   Iltija has been tweeting from her mother’s Twitter handle after the PDP president was taken into custody on August 5 last year following abrogation of Article 370. 
 US President Donald Trump landed at Ahmedabad in Gujarat on Monday for his first visit to India to a grand welcome by PM Narendra Modi and thousands of people who lined the streets and packed into the Motera stadium there to say “Namaste Trump”. The first stop in the Trump visit was the Sabarmati Ashram, home to Mahatma Gandhi between 1917 and 1930 during India’s freedom struggle.
 From Ahmedabad, the Trumps will travel to Agra and then on to New Delhi on Monday evening. 
 Meanwhile, a Delhi Police head constable was killed and a deputy commissioner of police injured as clashes over the amended citizenship law broke out in northeast Delhi’s Jaffrabad and Maujpur on Monday, with protesters torching houses, shops and vehicles, and hurling stones at each other. Violence between groups supporting and opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) was also reported in the Chandbagh and Bhajanpura areas of the national capital.  This is the second day of clashes in the city where Trump will arrive on Monday evening.
Will take stern action against perpetrators of Delhi violence: MoS Home Reddy
The Centre on Monday warned of stern action against those involved in the violence in Northeast Delhi that led to the killing of a policeman in stone pelting.
Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy also said non-violent protests in a democratic country are acceptable but not violence which, he termed, was an attempt to dent India’s image during the visit of US President Donald Trump. “My deepest condolences to the family of the Delhi Police Head Constable who lost his life amidst the protests in Delhi. Our @narendramodi government condemns all forms of violence and we assure a stern action against the culprits,” Reddy tweeted. Later talking to reporters, the minister said the central government has directed the police to take action against those involved in the violence and central forces were deployed in different parts of the national capital.
“This has been done in the wake of President Trump’s visit to India. This is an attempt to dent the image of India and Government of India. I, on behalf of Government of India, condemn the killing of the policeman in the stone-pelting incident,” he told reporters. Reddy said the government has not taken any action against the protesters at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh despite a national highway being blocked for two months.
“We are taking measures in a considerate manner. We have not used any police force (to vacate the area) because it is a democratic country and peaceful protests are allowed. We will take serious step if there is any violence,” he said.
The minister also slammed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi for their support to the people who have been protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
“Will Rahul Ganhdi or Owaisi take the responsibility for the killing of the policeman. We are trying to resolve the issue amicably for the last two months. We are using democratic norms,” he said.
A Delhi Police head constable was killed and a deputy commissioner of police injured as clashes over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) broke out again in northeast Delhi’s Jaffrabad and Maujpur on Monday, with protesters torching houses, shops and vehicles, and hurling stones at each other.
Violence between groups supporting and opposing the CAA was also reported in the Chandbagh and Bhajanpura areas.
This is the second day of clashes in the city where US President Trump arrived on Monday evening.
 
 

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