CAA violence: Shoot-at-sight order issued in NE Delhi

Spl Correspondent/Agencies NEW DELHI, FEB 25 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/25/2020 12:32:02 PM IST


Smoke billowed in the air and mobs roamed unchecked through the streets, burning shops, pelting stones and threatening locals, as fresh violence tore through North East Delhi, killing at least eight more people on Tuesday, even as the government hosted US President Donald Trump and his family only 15 kilometres away. The death toll in the communal clashes over the amended citizenship law has risen to 13 and over 180- including a child- have been injured.

The Delhi Police also issued a shoot-at-sight order in the riot-hit areas. In the announcement, the police said that a curfew has been imposed in four areas of the northeast district of Delhi.

Flag marches were also conducted in Bhajanpura, Khajuri Khas and other places. Sixty-seven companies of police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed across the area.

The violence, which left neighbourhoods looking as though it was a war zone, also led to the postponement of CBSE board exams to be held in affected areas on Wednesday. Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said all private and government schools in violence affected areas will continue to be closed on Wednesday.

Shocking visuals showed tear gas being fired and pitched battles between protesters and outnumbered cops in areas like Chandbagh and Bhajanpura. The media also came under attack. 

However what is believed to have ignited the spark in Delhi was the inflammatory speech in the form of a warning issued BJP leader Kapil Mishra.  Mohammed Imran, brother of Mohammad Furkan who was killed in the clash, blamed BJP leader Kapil Mishra’s tweet, giving Delhi Police an ultimatum to clear the streets of protesters that-- “till (Trump) is in India, we are leaving the area peacefully…after that, we won’t listen to you (police).”

Delhi Police spokesperson MS Randhawa evaded question on whether action will be taken against Mishra who is accused of making provocative statements. “All these things are under investigation. We will investigate and take action against conspirators,” he said.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah convened a meeting with Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Police chief Amulya Patnaik and others to address the situation. 

The meeting resolved that workers of political parties should join hands to restore peace and peace committees should be reactivated in all localities with representatives of all sections of society, religions and eminent local citizens.

Meanwhile, IPS officer S N Shrivastava has been appointed as the new Delhi Police Special Commissioner (L&O) after the Home ministry repatriated him from the CRPF on Tuesday. 

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