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Delhi violence: latest developments

Published : Wednesday, 26 February, 2020 at 9:07 PM  Count : 290

Policemen stand in front of burned shops in New Delhi following clashes over a new citizenship law on February 24.

Policemen stand in front of burned shops in New Delhi following clashes over a new citizenship law on February 24.


The death toll in northeast Delhi communal violence rose to 24 on Wednesday, with two more deaths reported from LNJP hospital. Tension smouldered in the national capital and streets in several localities like Chand Bagh, Bhajanpura, Gokulpuri, Maujpur, Kardampuri and Jaffrabad saw pitched battles between the members of two groups.

Here is a look at the latest developments:

● Families of those killed in Delhi violence to get Rs 2 lakh, seriously injured Rs 50,000 as compensation: Senior official

● Common man of Delhi didn't indulge in violence, rioters are from outside: CM Kejriwal

● What the High Court ordered:

    Burial of dead with utmost dignity.
   
    Setting up of helplines and helpdesks.
   
    Police to ensure safe passage for ambulances; requisition sufficient private ambulances.
   
    Govt should ensure adequate number of shelters.
   
    Ensure basic amenities like blankets, medicines and clean drinking water at shelters.
  
    Ensure that helplines work 24x7 at least for the next two weeks.
   
    Provide sufficient number of professionals to cater to riot victims suffering from PTSD
   
● Two deaths were recorded at LNJP Hospital on Wednesday taking the count of people who have died in the northeast Delhi violence to 24, authorities said. These were the first cases of casualty reported at LNJP Hospital, which has been receiving a number of patients since the violence broke out Monday evening.
   
● MS Randhawa, Delhi Police PRO on Wednesday said that till now, Delhi Police have registered 18 FIRs and 106 people have been arrested in connection with the incidents in northeast Delhi. "Miscreants are being identified. We have the CCTV footage and strong evidence. No untoward incident took place today," he said.
 
● Police also released two helpline numbers -- 011-22829334, 22829335 -- for people to reach out during distress.

● The Delhi government will give a compensation of Rs 1 crore to the family of head constable Ratan Lal who was killed in violence in northeast Delhi, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Wednesday. Kejriwal had visited Lal's family on Tuesday.

● The situation in the riot-hit northeast Delhi "is under control", National Security Advisor Ajit Doval said after he held a meeting with senior officials of the Delhi Police and visited some of the affected areas on Wednesday afternoon. "The situation is under control and people are satisfied. We have confidence in law enforcement agencies. Police is doing their job and is alert," he told reporters.

● The Delhi high court on Wednesday directed the police to take "conscious decision" with respect to lodging of FIRs against alleged hate speeches by three BJP leaders in connection with the CAA violence and convey by Thursday. The three BJP leaders are -- Kapil Mishra, Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma.

● A bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Anup J Bhambhani took on record the assurance by special commissioner Praveer Ranjan that he will sit with the police commissioner today itself and view all video clips and take a conscious decision on lodging of FIRS.

● The Delhi high court on Wednesday passed a series of orders with regards to the violence in Delhi's northeast district and said that "another 1984-like situation cannot be allowed to happen in this city under it's watch". "We have to be alert," said Justice S Muralidhar and ordered safe passage for collection of body of deceased, setting up of adequate number of helplines, shelter to people who have been displaced among other things.
   
● Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday appealed for peace and brotherhood in the wake of violent clashes in Delhi in which at least 20 people have been killed. "Peace and harmony are central to our ethos. I appeal to my sisters and brothers of Delhi to maintain peace and brotherhood at all times. It is important that there is calm and normalcy is restored at the earliest," Modi tweeted.

● Intelligence Bureau staffer, identified as Ankit Sharma, was found dead in northeast Delhi's Chand Bagh locality.

● The Union home minister must take responsibility for violence in Delhi and should resign," Sonia Gandhi said without naming Amit Shah.
 
● Accusing Congress president Sonia Gandhi of politicising the Delhi violence with her attack on the Union govt, the BJP termed the opposition party's demand for Home minister Amit Shah's resignation as "laughable". "Violence is ending. Investigation is on to find out the truth and identify culprits. No accused will be left out. At such a time, attacking government and politicising violence is dirty politics," BJP leader and Union minister Prakash Javadekar said, adding that it also demoralizes police.

● While hearing pleas seeking removal of the crowd protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act from Delhi's Shaheen Bagh area, the Supreme Court said that it is not in favour of expanding the scope of pending case on Shaheen Bagh to take cognisance of recent violence in Delhi. "What happened is very unfortunate and it should not have happened. But we do not want to expand the ambit of Shaheen Bagh case and people can seek remedy by filing seperate petition," Supreme Court said.

● The apex court added that environment is not conducive to hear plea against Shaheen Bagh protest and deferred the hearing.

● The SC also questioned Centre for not taking steps to allow Delhi police to work professionally and as per law without taking instruction from anyone.

● UN chief Antonio Guterres is closely following the situation in New Delhi and stresses that demonstrators should be allowed to demonstrate peacefully and security forces should show restraint. When asked if the UN is monitoring the situation, UN chief's spokesperson said "Yes, we're obviously following it closely."

● 'Situation alarming, Army should be called in', tweets Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. "I have been in touch wid large no of people whole nite. Situation alarming. Police, despite all its efforts, unable to control situation and instil confidence Army shud be called in and curfew imposed in rest of affected areas immediately Am writing to Hon’ble HM to this effect (sic)."

● Entry and exit gates at all Metro stations were opened on Wednesday morning. Normal services have resumed at all stations, reported Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.
 
● According to the officials of Guru Teg Bahadur hospital four more persons were brought dead to the hospital. The death toll is 17 on Monday morning.
 
● Delhi high court in a midnight hearing (on the intervening night of February 25 and 26) directed Delhi Police to ensure safe passage for the injured victims by deploying all resources, as well as to make sure they receive immediate emergency treatment.

● Alumni Association of Jamia Millia Islamia and Jamia Coordination Committee organised a demonstration outside chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence. People gathered in front of CM's residence, demanded action against Delhi violence and sought restoration of peace.
 
● "I've been informed that 81 people were admitted to hospital yesterday and 69 today. Few of them have been discharged after treatment. Many are severely injured, I pray for their speedy recovery," Union minister Harsh Vardhan said following his visit to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital.

● National Security Advisor Ajit Doval reviewed the security situation in North-East Delhi. Doval reached the office of deputy commissioner of police North-East in Seelampur after reviewing the security situation in the area.

● During the night, Delhi police cleared anti-CAA protests sites in North-East Delhi. "The protesters have left the Jaffarabad metro station and the Maujpur Chowk is also clear. Now, 66 Futa road is clear of all protests," said Delhi police special commissioner Satish Golcha.

● Home minister Amit Shah held a 3-hour-long meeting with Delhi Police and home ministry officials on Tuesday night. Newly appointed special commissioner of police SN Srivastava also attended the meeting. It was the third meeting chaired by the home minister in less than 24 hours.

● Shoot at sight orders issued for North-East Delhi on Tuesday night.

● Schools will remain closed on Wednesday also in violence-affected North East district. All home examinations have been postponed. Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has been requested to postpone Wednesday's board exams.

● Late on Tuesday night, IPS SN Shrivastava was appointed special commissioner (law and order) in Delhi Police, with immediate effect.

● So far, 27 people have been killed in the Delhi violence which appears to be one of the worst in recent times.

On Monday, a Delhi Police head constable was killed as pro- and anti-CAA groups battled each other even as Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed to the people to maintain peace and harmony. The cause of the violence is believed to be a clash between pro- and anti-CAA protesters after those in support of the legislation blocked a road of northeast Delhi's Jaffrabad area, in a similar fashion to that of Shaheen Bagh, over the weekend.





Courtesy: Times of India


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