Security personnel on duty in Delhi's Kardam Puri on 25 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Security personnel on duty in Delhi's Kardam Puri on 25 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
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New Delhi: The situation in Northeast Delhi’s Jaffrabad-Maujpur region remained very tense as the death toll rose to 11, with reports of fresh incidents of stone pelting and arson coming in from Maujpur, Babarpur and Shivpuri areas.

The clashes between pro- and anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters continued for a third consecutive day, resulting in over 50 people sustaining grievous injuries.

Shops and establishments have remained shut while Delhi Police work on maintaining law and order in the area.

Section 144 has been imposed and an order has been issued prohibiting people from carrying weapons, sticks or any incendiary material.

Here are the updates from the day:

We will be back with more updates on the Delhi violence Wednesday.

10:27pm: Delhi Police has issued ‘shoot-at-sight’ orders in northeast Delhi, ANI clarifies.

10:05pm: BJP leader Kapil Mishra, who received flak for his comments over the weekend,  remains defiant in the face of a “massive hate campaign” against him for “speaking truth”.

“I have received calls by many to kill me. Many people including politicians and journalists are abusing me. But, I am not scared because I have not done anything wrong,” Mishra told PTI.

BJP MP Gautam Gambhir had supported strict action against anyone, including Mishra, if they gave “provocative” speeches.

9:40pm: Police keep up vigil along borders along northeast district.

9:38pm: CBSE board postpones board exam for class 10 and 12 students in northeast Delhi after appeals from Delhi government and parents.

9:10pm: Delhi Police say Jaffrabad road has been cleared and clarify no shoot-at-sight orders have been issued in the northeastern district.

8:57pm: The district administration has sealed three borders adjoining northeast Delhi and shut down bars and pubs in Ghaziabad, officials said. District Magistrate Ajay Shankar Pandey told PTI that Section 144 of CrPC has been imposed in the district.

Section 144 of CrPC prohibits the assembly of four or more people in an area.

Officials said Laal Bagh, DLF embankment road of Loni and Tulsi Niketan borders of Sahibabad which are adjacent to northeast Delhi have been barricaded.

All the liquor vends and bars will remain closed from 4 to 10 pm whereas all bars in hotels and pubs will be shut in the district, Pandey said.

8:50pm: People gather at India Gate, hold a candle-light vigil in protest against the communal riots.

8:41pm: Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia says schools will continue to be closed Wednesday in the violence-affected northeast district, and internal examinations have been postponed.

Sisodia also said he requested CBSE to postpone Wednesday’s board exam.

The CBSE board had earlier tweeted that there would be no change to the schedule as exams were being held only in western Delhi.

8:32pm: IPS S.N. Shrivastava appointed as Special Commissioner (Law and Order) in Delhi Police with immediate effect.

8:26pm: Delhi Traffic Police says vehicle movement from Shahdara towards Apsara Border has been closed after UP Police barricade the road. Traffic has been diverted towards Surya Nagar.

8:22pm: Delhi Minorities Commission appeals to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal for imposition of curfew in violence-affected areas, expresses apprehension that violence may escalate.

8:19pm: Death toll rises to 11 by Tuesday night.

8:10pm: Congress appeals to people to maintain communal harmony and thwart all attempts of forces dividing country on basis of religion, says party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.

7:58pm: Delhi High Court says safety of children cannot be put at risk and asked the CBSE to decide on rescheduling tomorrow’s board exam at one of the centres in northeast Delhi.

Justice Rajiv Shakdher asked the CBSE to take the decision as soon as possible on the exam and convey it to all concerned.

The court will hear the matter again Wednesday morning.

7:50pm: Amnesty India calls for immediately holding political leaders “fuelling hatred and creating violent environment by making hate speeches” accountable.

7:48pm: UP Police say security has been stepped up in Aligarh as a precautionary measure following the violence in Delhi. 

7:20pm: AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi holds BJP govt responsible for the Delhi violence, calls it a “complete failure” of the govt.

7:10pm: Fresh wave of violence breaks out in Chandbagh despite prohibitory orders. Rioters set shops and public property on fire.

6:58pm: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said she was “deeply disturbed and concerned” about what is happening in Delhi. “We are watching it. In our country there is no place for violence. We the people of India want peace and we appeal everyone to maintain peace,” she said, according to ANI.

6:45pm: Home Minister Amit Shah writes a letter to the wife of Ratan Lal, the Delhi Police head constable who was killed in the clashes, saying, “I express grief and deep condolences on untimely death of your husband.”

6:40pm: News channels show visuals of police firing tear gas shells in Chandbagh.

6:23pm: Delhi Police PRO M Randhawa says IPS-level officers were injured. Assures that there are sufficient forces on the ground and the situation is under control. Section 144 has been imposed in the affected areas.

6:22pm: Delhi Police PRO M Randhawa appeals for peace and asks citizens not to take the law into their own hands. “11 FIRS have been filed and we have been using drone surveillance to monitor what is happening,” he says.

6:19pm: Death toll in Delhi goes up to 10, according to NDTV. Police say 141 people, including 130 civilians, have been injured in the violence.

6:10pm: Delhi Police dismiss PTI report which stated that a shortage of forces aggravated the violence.

6:06pm: “Hinduon ki ladayi hai… record mat kijiye” — Journalists reporting on the Delhi violence say they are under attack. Read here.

5:53pm: US President Trump, who is India on a two-day visit, was asked about the violence in Delhi while addressing a press conference. He responded, “PM said he wants people to have religious freedom. I heard about individual attacks but I did not discuss it. It is up to India.”

5:30pm: Special CP Satish Golcha said police will be detaining miscreants and taking legal action against them. “People should cooperate with us to maintain peace. We are here till the situation normalises. Else we deploy more forces,” he told ANI.

5:20pm: Unrest continues in Bhajanpura

5:14pm: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal met with people injured in the violence, at GTB Hospital.

4:55pm: Police carry out flag marches in several areas in Delhi, including Khajuri Khaas area and Dwaraka district.

4:34pm: Delhi Police conduct wreath laying ceremony for Ratan Lal, the head constable killed during the violent clashes in Maujpur on Monday. Lal was 42 years old.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai, L-G Anil Baijal and Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik are present at ceremony.

4:20pm: News channel show CM Arvind Kejriwal and L-G Anil Baijal meeting people injured in the violence at a hospital in Delhi.

4:18pm: AAP tweets that ambulances with paramedical staff is being deployed around Maujpur, Kardampuri and other northeastern areas, and asks citizens to dial 102. Delhi’s health department is there for assistance, it added.

4:14pm: Violence continues unabated in Maujpur area of northeast Delhi, with two groups of people out on the road armed with rods and sticks, PTI reports.

An angry mob raising incendiary slogans torched a motorcycle while a fire brigade was seen rushing to the spot.

Media personnel have also been heckled and driven away from the spot.

4:10pm: An armed battalion of Delhi Police, comprising around 1,000 personnel, is being deployed in violence-hit areas. Inter-state borders are also being closely monitored.

3:53pm: AAP leaders, including Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, are at Rajghat. Speaking to reporters, Kejriwal said, “The entire country is worried about the violence that took place in Delhi in past two days. There has been loss of lives and properties. If violence increases, it will affect everyone. All us are here to offer our prayers to Gandhi Ji who was a follower of non-violence.”

3:42pm: Deputy CM Manish Sisodia tweets calling for strict action against the “beasts” perpetrating violence, no matter which “faith, caste or region” they belong to.

3:31pm: Delhi Police confirm seven people have been killed in the violent clashes. There are reports of an eight victim, police sources said.

3:15pm: Journalists on Twitter report colleagues being attacked by mobs.

3:09pm: Delhi Traffic Police puts out advisory, says RTC pusta to Karawal Nagar (both carriageways) are closed for traffic movement.

3:01pm: Areas currently facing the brunt of the violence include Karawal Nagar, Maujpur, Bhajanpura and Yamuna Vihar.

2:59pm: Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal says both the Chief Minister and he want peace and harmony to remain intact. “We should do everything possible to maintain peace and order. We should also help police in this,” he says.

2:50pm: At least 5 rounds of gunfire heard in Yamuna Vihar, next to Gokulpuri. Reports of stone pelting coming in.

2:20pm: East Delhi’s BJP MP Gautam Gambhir condemns the violence, says action should be taken against any party member.

“Whoever, no matter which party he belongs to, whether he is Kapil Mishra or anyone else, who gave speeches to provoke people, action should be taken against them,” Gambhir told reporters here, PTI reported.

Mishra, who had contested the Delhi election on a BJP ticket, led a gathering in support of the CAA at Maujpur Chowk in the Jafarabad area on Sunday.

2:05pm: Decisions made at the high-level meeting convened by Home Minister Amit Shah:

  • Peace committees of local MLAs to work with police to improve coordination
  • Drones to be used for surveillance of affected areas
  • Police to closely monitor social media to check rumours

1:59pm: The Delhi High Court will hear a plea seeking registration of an FIR and arrest of persons involved in the ongoing violence in Northeast Delhi over the Citizenship Amendment Act, PTI reported.

Justices G.S. Sistani and A.J. Bhambhani said the bench will hear the matter on Wednesday.

The petition was filed by human rights activist Harsh Mander and sought an SIT inquiry into the incident and compensation for those killed and injured in the violence.

The plea also seeks directions to the Centre for deployment of the Army to maintain law and order in areas where the “communal attack on people are most ferocious”.

1:54pm: Fire engines in Gokulpuri work to douse the flames at the tyre market.

Fire fighters put out blaze at tyre market in Gokulpuri | Simrin Sirur | ThePrint
Fire fighters put out blaze at tyre market in Gokulpuri | Simrin Sirur | ThePrint

1:50pm: At a high-level meeting convened by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, stakeholders decide to reactivate peace committees in all localities in NCR and enhance police-MLA coordination, PTI reports.

1:38pm: Police have arrested a man, identified as Shahrukh, for allegedly firing eight rounds Monday and aiming his pistol at a policeman.

1:35pm: In Delhi’s Gokulpuri, a north-eastern neighbourhood, a tyre market was torched. The market had been set on fire Monday evening but that had been doused at around 11:40 pm. Eyewitnesses, however, say the fire had been relit at around 11:30 am Tuesday.

A group of at least 50 men set the market ablaze, according to a bystander.

1:30pm: Home Minister Amit Shah, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal held an urgent meeting to take stock of the situation.

1:25pm: Heavy stone-pelting was reported from Maujpur. Mobs reportedly were marching at Maujpur chowk, shouting pro-CAA slogans.

The violence began after two protests, one for the amended Citizenship law and one against, clashed on Sunday evening.

1:15pm: Two Muslim daily wage workers, Afzal and Yousef, were attacked by a large crowd when they reported for work Wednesday morning. Yousef works in a scissor-making facility and Afzal carts objects from one place to another.

“I had come back to return the cart to its owner and pick up money when a crowd came and started hitting us, saying we are Muslim,” said Afzal. He was bleeding from the head and sustained injuries on his arm.

“It was a crowd of at least 30 people and they beat us continuously for half an hour till the police came and helped us,” Yousef added.

Both have been admitted to GTB hospital where they were rushed in an ambulance.

1:10pm: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal says meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah was positive. Kejriwal says it was decided all parties will take steps to restore peace.

1:02pm: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal says police is doing their bit and Home Minister Amit Shah has assured providing whatever force is required to maintain law and order in the national capital. The police force comes under the Union home ministry’s jurisdiction.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Waris Pathan with his irresponsible comments gave a communal colour to the whole CAA issue. Earlier it was not a Hindu vs Muslim contest. But after his comments it has become so.

  2. Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation :

    First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

  3. Will BJP leader Kapil Mishra and his goons be made to compensate for loss of Muslims’ property? Many tyre shops have been burnt down. Adityanath had issued compensation notices to rioters in UP and the central government kept mum about it, so I guess they are agreeable to this method for dealing with such situations.

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