Delhi violence: A school burnt and damaged after it was set on fire by a mob in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Express photo/Praveen Khanna)
Delhi Violence HIGHLIGHTS: The Delhi police Thursday transferred the probe in the northeast Delhi violence to the crime branch and constituted two Special Investigation Teams (SITs) for the same. While no fresh incidents of violence were reported today, the death toll rose to 38 and at least 200 are reportedly injured. The teams will be headed Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCP) Joy Tirkey and Rajesh Deo.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressing a press briefing earlier in the evening, said the “security situation in the country must not be politicised”. “We will ensure punishment to the perpetrators of violence and no one will be spared, irrespective of whichever party they belong to. SDM officers would be available for people in affected areas. Rs 10 lakh would be extended to affected people, Rs 1 lakh ex-gratia and Rs 5 lakh would be granted in case of death of a minor,” Kejriwal said.
Reacting to a delegation of Congress leaders meeting President Kovind seeking normalcy in violence-hit Delhi, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar addressed the media and continued his stance alleging that Congress and AAP were “politicising the issue”. The Delhi High Court granted four weeks time to Centre to file response in the plea seeking registration of FIRs against BJP leaders for making provocative statements that led to riots in northeast Delhi. The matter has been adjourned for April 13.
Delhi violence live updates: A mob attacks a person at Khajuri Khas crossing in Delhi on Tuesday. (Express Photo: Praveen Khanna)
On Wednesday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal visited the riot-affected Shiv Vihar as over 200 people were injured in the riots, after an alleged clash between pro-and anti-CAA groups. Earlier, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, accompanied by senior Delhi Police officers, had visited the affected areas, going door to door and assuring residents of safety. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that he “had an extensive review on the situation prevailing in various parts of Delhi.” Admitting that the Delhi police could not bring the situation under control, BJP sources said the government was keen on putting the “administration” into action to contain the violence.
A delegation of senior Congress leaders, led by party chief Sonia Gandhi, met President Ram Nath Kovind to seek normalcy and peace in violence-hit Delhi as the death toll rose to 38 on Thursday. The delegation, including Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad as well as Ahmed Patel and Randeep Surjewala, also submitted a memorandum to the president.
At least 27 people have been killed and 250 injured since violence broke out in northeast Delhi on Sunday. Groups of men weilding sticks and rods roamed Maujpur, Gokulpuri, Bhajanpura, Jaffrabad, Chandbagh and Khureji Khas areas, setting ablaze homes and shops of Muslims.
The police said at least 20 people were detained in connection with the violence by Tuesday night.
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval visited the riot-affected areas on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday to take stock of the situation. He had earlier met DCP (Northeast) in Seelampur, Ved Prakash Surya, and ommissioner of Police Amulya Patnaik.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday on the violence. Sources told The Indian Express Kejriwal had asked the Home Minister to use all options to control the violence, but did not specifically ask that the Army be called in.
Following the meeting, Kejriwal said, "If the violence escalates, it won’t help anyone… We have been assured that police are taking action and that enough people will be deployed… Many policemen are injured as well."
He later visited Rajghat along with his deputy Manish Sisodia and other AAP ministers to "pray for peace".
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