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Delhi violence HIGHLIGHTS: SIT to probe violence, death toll now at 38

Delhi Violence, CAA Protest HIGHLIGHTS: As the death toll rose to 38, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a host of compensation measures and warned action against perpetrators.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 28, 2020 9:26:34 am
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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.

 

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Highlights

    23:21 (IST)27 Feb 2020
    Delhi Police urges people to submit statements, footage of incidents of violence

    The Delhi Police has urged people to submit any information or activity captured on mobile phones or cameras in connection with the northeast region violence within seven days. They have appealed to people to either give their statements, footage or picture in possession at the DCP office or contact on mobile numbers 8750871221, 8750871227. It further read that the identity of the witness will be "kept secret".

    22:39 (IST)27 Feb 2020
    Over 500 held for questioning, curfew to be relaxed for 10 hours on Friday: MHA

    No major incident was reported from the northeast district of Delhi in the last 36 hours, the Home Ministry said Thursday night and added that Section 144 would be relaxed four the next hours tomorrow. The ministry issued a statement around 10 PM after Home Minister Amit Shah reviewed the situation in the violence-hit parts of the city in a meeting with seniors officials and the top police brass. The Ministry also said that 514 suspects were either arrested or detained for questioning.

    22:24 (IST)27 Feb 2020
    AAP Councillor Tahir Hussain suspended

    Aam Aadmi Party Councillor Tahir Hussain has been suspended by the party until probe into the death of the IB officer in the Delhi violence case is completed.

    दिल्ली हिंसा मामले में पार्षद ताहिर हुसैन को जाँच पूरी होने तक आम आदमी पार्टी से निलंबित कर दिया है।

    — AAP (@AamAadmiParty) February 27, 2020

    21:50 (IST)27 Feb 2020
    Develop "better understanding" of India before jumping into conclusions: India to UN rights body

    India on Thursday "encouraged" the UN's human rights body to develop a "better understanding and appreciation" of the freedoms and rights that are guaranteed and protected in a vibrant democracy like India before coming to any conclusions on issues like the amended citizenship law and the Kashmir issue. India's strong statement came after UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Thursday voiced "great concern" over India's amended citizenship law and reports of "police inaction" in the face of communal attacks in Delhi, urging political leaders to prevent violence. (PTI)

    21:01 (IST)27 Feb 2020
    AAP councillor Tahir Hussain charged with murder in IB employee death case

    Aam Aadmi Party councillor Tahir Hussain on Thursday was charged with murder in connection with the death of Intelligence Bureau (IB) employee, Ankit Sharma, whose body was recovered from Delhi’s Chand Bagh amid violence in the area over the Citizenship Amendment Act. Hussain has been booked under section 302 IPC (Punishment for murder) at Dayalpur police station. Sharma’s family accused Hussain of being behind the death. The councillor, however, has denied the allegations as “baseless” and called for an impartial probe. Read full story

    20:49 (IST)27 Feb 2020
    Home set afire by rioters, Delhi family finds hope in 'miracle baby'

    For 30-year-old Shabana Parveen, it was nothing short of a miracle —giving birth to a heathy baby boy after surviving a murderous attack by rioters who kicked and assaulted her and her husband in northeast Delhi's Karawal Nagar. Narrating their ordeal, Parveen's mother-in-law Nashima told PTI, "They hurled religious slurs, beat up my son. Some of them even kicked my daughter-in-law in the abdomen...as I went to protect her, they came charging at me... We thought we would not survive that night. But with god's grace we somehow managed to escape from the clutches of the rioters." "We rushed Parveen to a nearby hospital but doctors there asked us to go to Al-hind Hospital where she delivered a baby boy on Wednesday," she added. (PTI)

    20:46 (IST)27 Feb 2020
    UN rights chief expresses 'great concern' over CAA, urges leaders to prevent violence

    Voicing "great concern" over India's amended citizenship law and reports of "police inaction" in the face of communal attacks in Delhi, UN human rights chief Thursday urged political leaders to prevent violence. "Indians in huge numbers, and from all communities, have expressed - in a mostly peaceful manner - their opposition to the Act, and support for the country's long tradition of secularism," UN High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet was quoted as saying by PTI. She also spoke about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

    20:01 (IST)27 Feb 2020
    Death toll climbs to 38

    The death toll due to northeast Delhi violence has now climbed to 38 as one more death has been reported in GTB hospital. 34 people in total have died at GTB hospital, one in Jag Pravesh hospital and 3 in Lok Nayak hospital.

    19:34 (IST)27 Feb 2020
    Ram Vilas Paswan seeks impartial probe into Delhi violence

    BJP ally and Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Thursday demanded an "impartial probe" into the Delhi violence, which claimed at least 37 lives, and said stringent action should be taken against the guilty irrespective of their caste and religion. "I strongly condemn the violence seen in Delhi over the last few days. It happened when a foreign guest (US President Donald Trump) was in the country. An impartial probe should be conducted, and stringent action be taken against the guilty irrespective of their caste and religion," Paswan tweeted in Hindi.

    19:21 (IST)27 Feb 2020
    CPI(M) writes to Kejriwal, offers help in maintaining peace; seeks all-party meet

    Offering help in ensuring to restore peace in northeast Delhi, CPI(M) wrote a letter to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and urged him to convene an all-party meeting to "unitedly ensure communal harmony"in the city. The communal violence over the amended citizenship law in northeast Delhi has claimed 37 lives so far, leaving nearly 200 people injured. "We write to assure you of our Party's cooperation in efforts to bring peace and communal harmony to Delhi," said the letter written by CPI(M) politburo member Brinda Karat and its Delhi State Committee Secretary K M Tewari.

    18:37 (IST)27 Feb 2020
    SIT to probe violence

    Delhi police transfers northeast Delhi violence case to Crime Branch, two special investigation teams to probe. 

    18:13 (IST)27 Feb 2020
    Investigating violence cases from all angles: Delhi Police PRO

    M S Randhawa, Delhi Police PRO said that the situation in the national capital is getting normal. "No incident took place today. Adequate forces have been deployed. 48 FIRs registered so far, more FIRs are being registered as we are getting more info. 350 Aman committee meetings have been held so far," he said. He also assured that the police will address all the individual cases and share the details as the investgation progresses. "We will address all the individual cases. Investigation is going on. We have multiple footages. As the investigation progresses in all the cases, we will share the details. We are investigating from all angles."

    18:01 (IST)27 Feb 2020
    ‘If anyone from AAP found guilty, give him double punishment’: Kejriwal on Delhi violence

    Delhi Chief Minister Thursday said that any person found guilty of inciting violence in the national capital should be awarded stringent punishment, irrespective of the party he or she belongs to. Kejriwal also said that the punishment should be doubled if the accused is from his party.

    Replying to a question on AAP councillor’s Tahir Hussain’s alleged involvement in the violence, he said, “Police is not under me or I would have. Be it people from AAP, BJP or Congress, those who fanned the communal fire, those who orchestrated riots, should all be punished even if it is someone from my cabinet.” Read full story

    17:58 (IST)27 Feb 2020
    Mayawati demands SC-supervised probe into Delhi violence, likens it to 1984 riots

    BSP Supremo Mayawati Thursday urged a Supreme Court-supervised probe into the communal violence in parts of northeast Delhi and asked Centre and AAP government to pitch in together in order to ensure compensation for the loss suffered during the riots. "It is very sad and condemnable," Mayawati was quoted as saying by PTI. She also likened the violence with the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and alleged that under the garb of violence, dirty politics was being played by parties.

    17:53 (IST)27 Feb 2020
    Termed a terrorist because I tried to get a road opened: Kapil Mishra

    Questioning AAP Councillor Tahir Hussain's alleged involvement in the death of an Intelligence Bureau officer, BJP leader Kapil Mishra said, "No question is being asked to people who are talking about dividing country or those on whose terrace petrol bombs were found. But someone who only requested for road to be cleared as it was causing inconvenience to 35 lakh people is being called a terrorist."

    17:50 (IST)27 Feb 2020
    Delhi riots: CRPF personnel donate blood at GTB Hospital

    Nearly three dozen CRPF personnel have donated blood at the GTB Hospital here to supplement its bank in view of the injured in the Delhi communal clashes being admitted to the facility, officials said. They said a contingent of 50 personnel of the paramilitary were sent to the hospital on Tuesday, of whom 34 donated blood while the rest were asked to remain on standby. "The donation was made in order to supplement the blood bank of the GTB Hospital where fatal and non-fatal casualties of the Delhi riots were being admitted since Monday," a senior official of the force said. (PTI)

    17:31 (IST)27 Feb 2020
    Delhi Police's inaction towards protecting minorities reminiscent of 1984: SAD MP Naresh Gujral

    Shiromani Akali Dal MP Naresh Gujral said on Thursday that the Delhi Police's "inaction" towards protecting the lives and properties of minorities in the national capital is "reminiscent" of what happened during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The lawmaker, whose party is a BJP ally, said no one would want a repeat of 1984. Speaking to PTI after shooting off a letter to Delhi Police chief Amulya Patnaik, Gujral, the son of former prime minister I K Gujral, said that minorities in certain parts of the city are "frightened". (PTI)

    16:38 (IST)27 Feb 2020
    Stop politicising India's security situation, nobody should be spared: Delhi CM

    Warning that the "security situation in the country must not be politicised", Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a host of compensation measures. "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. Rs 5 lakh would be granted in case of death of a minor," Kejriwal told the media. 

    16:35 (IST)27 Feb 2020
    Will ensure treatment for those injured, will supply food to affected areas: Delhi CM Kejriwal

    "The Delhi violence has affected everyone, Hindus and Muslims alike and lot of people have been injured. Police Constable Ratan Lal died and so did an Intelligence Bureau officer. This does not benefit anyone. I visited various violence-affected areas today and curfew is imposed in most parts. We have decided to take steps to ensure injured people are given free treatment, not only in govt but also private hospitals under the Farishta scheme.  Delhi govt will reimburse the expenses of those who will be getting treated in private hospitals. In curfew-imposed areas, Delhi government with the help of NGOs is supplying food to such areas. We are also starting helpline numbers to get in touch," Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressed the media.

    16:31 (IST)27 Feb 2020
    PM appealed for peace already, agencies are working on ground: MEA on Delhi violence

    The Ministry of External Affairs reacting to Delhi violence, said at the weekly press briefing, "The Prime Minister has appealed for peace already and agencies are working on the ground." On internal security issues during Donald Trump's India visit, Raveesh Kumar said: India-US relations enjoys a bipartisan support. It differs from country to country. You saw the visit for yourself."

    northeast delhi violence live updates: Maujpur, Babarpur, Kabirnagar, West Jyoti Nagar, Gokulpuri riots 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.

    A war of words also broke out between the Congress and BJP over the transfer of Justice Muralidharan, who had earlier ordered an FIR against BJP leaders accused of delivering hate speeches. While the Congress said the government was “drunk on power” and was “muzzling the judiciary”, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said a "well-settled process" was followed.

    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".

    Here are links to more of our reports on Delhi violence:

    Divided in violence, united in grief: Families of dead say hate is to blame

    Delhi HC holds midnight hearing on violence

    Explained: What the Delhi government can/cannot do about the violence

    Can’t bear to look at my photograph, says man at centre of vicious assault caught on camera