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Delhi violence Highlights: 42 killed, Govt’s priority to restore normalcy, assures Kejriwal

Delhi Violence, Delhi CAA Protest Today Highlights: A total of 42 people have died since the violence broke out. Of these, 38 were in GTB, three in Lok Nayak Hospital and one in Jag Pravesh Chandra Hospital. The mortuary at GTB Hospital has 15 bodies, of which nine have been identified.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 29, 2020 10:23:06 pm
Peace March by SSB in the part of Maujpur Babarpur, Delhi post communal Violence in the area. Delhi post communal Violence in the area. On Wednesday, February 26, 2020. Express Photo by Abhinav Saha

Delhi Violence Today Highlights: All schools in northeast Delhi will remain closed till March 7 in view of the violence that broke out in the area, officials said on Saturday. The situation, they said, was not conducive for conducting examinations in the riot-affected areas. The violence which broke out on Sunday has claimed 42 lives. In the last 24 hours, security personnel intensified peace-keeping measures across neighbourhoods and held flag marches and spoke to people about keeping calm in the face of any provocation. Police used microphones to make the announcements.

According to the police, 123 FIRs have been filed so far while 630 people have been detained. At least 47 peace committee meetings have been held in affected localities. “We have controlled the situation in northeast Delhi,” Additional CP M S Randhawa told reporters on Friday.

Meanwhile, a 24-year-old man, who was seen lying injured on the ground in a video clip which also has men in police gear telling him and four others to sing the national anthem and Vande Mataram, died of injuries. The video began circulating Tuesday and families of two other men seen in the clip told The Indian Express that it was shot at Kardam Puri Monday evening when police were trying to control violence in northeast Delhi.

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Delhi violence: 42 killed; 630 detained; 123 FIRs registered. Get latest updates here.

21:43 (IST)29 Feb 2020
167 FIRs registered, 885 people detained in connection with violence: Delhi police

The Delhi Police has registered 167 FIRs and arrested or detained 885 people in connection with the northeast Delhi violence, a senior officer said on Saturday. Thirty-six of the cases were registered under the Arms Act, they said. The police have lodged 13 cases for provocative social media posts on various sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. (PTI)

21:07 (IST)29 Feb 2020
67 compensation forms received, money to affected families would be granted from tomorrow: Kejriwal

Flanked by his deputy, Manish Sisodia, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, Delhi government had received 67 compensation forms from people and the money would be extended to affected families from tomorrow onward.

19:56 (IST)29 Feb 2020
CBSE board exams will be held as scheduled from March 2

While all schools will remain shut in violence-hit areas of northeast Delhi till March 7, CBSE clarifies that board exams would be conducted as per schedule from March 2.

"Class 10 and 12 CBSE exams will be held as scheduled from March 2 onwards in Northeast Delhi also. Board has filed affidavit in Delhi High Court and it has directed Delhi Police and the govt to ensure safety of students and render all help to conduct exams in these areas," CBSE PRO Rama Sharma was quoted as saying by ANI.

18:42 (IST)29 Feb 2020
Delhi govt to launch helpline number to crackdown on spread of hate messages on Whatsapp

In the wake of riots in north-east Delhi, the AAP government plans to launch a campaign against the use of WhatsApp in spreading misinformation and hateful messages, identified by the Delhi Police as one of the factors that aided in the communal flare up. Senior officials attached with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's office informed that a dedicated number will be launched in which people can share such viral messages, along with the name and number of the sender. The identity of the complainant will be kept secret, an official said.

18:26 (IST)29 Feb 2020
Government's first priority to restore normalcy at the earliest: Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Saturday announced that the government held a review meeting with senior officials of all concerned departments today, adding that no fresh incident of violence had been reported from any part of Delhi today. He emphasised that the government's first priority was to "restore normalcy at the earliest".

"Four sub-divisions got affected during Delhi violence and there are about 18 SDMs in these sub-divisions. All of them have inspected there respective areas and they are identifying the houses/shops that got damaged during the violence," he was quoted as saying by ANI.

17:41 (IST)29 Feb 2020
Police hold flag march in Maujpur, Jaffrabad and Babarpur
16:58 (IST)29 Feb 2020
Everyone stable now: Health minister meets Delhi violence victims at GTB hosptal

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain met victims of the Delhi violence at GTB hospital today and said, compensation had been announced by the government and asserted the guilty must be punished.

16:27 (IST)29 Feb 2020
Schools in northeast Delhi to remain shut till March 7: authorities

In wake of violence that rocked the national capital,  authorities have decided to keep all the schools closed till March 7 in Northeast Delhi. The situation, they said, is not conducive to conduct examinations in violence-affected areas.

15:22 (IST)29 Feb 2020
Offer one month salary to families of Delhi police, IB officer who died in Delhi violence: BJP' Parvesh Verma

BJP MP Parvesh Verma, who is accused of making hate speeches, on Saturday said he would give his one-month salary each to the families of the policeman and Intelligence Bureau employees who were killed in the violence in northeast Delhi. At least 42 people were killed and over 200 injured as frenzied mobs torched houses, shops, vehicles, a petrol pump and pelted stones at locals and police personnel earlier this week, the worst riots in Delhi in over three decades. "I dedicate my salary of one month each as member of Parliament to the families of Delhi Police head constable Ratan Lal and IB officer Ankit Sharma, killed while doing their duty, in the unfortunate violence in Delhi," Verma, who represents West Delhi in the Lok Sabha, tweeted. (PTI)

15:09 (IST)29 Feb 2020
Delhi: Group chants ‘goli maaro…’ at Rajiv Chowk metro station, handed over to cops

After a video of a group of people sloganeering at Rajiv Chowk metro station in New Delhi went viral on social media Saturday, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) confirmed that the incident took place at 10.50 am and those involved in the act were handed over to the police. In the short video clip circulated across social media platforms, a group of people is heard chanting: “Desh ke gaddaron ko, goli maaro saalon ko (shoot the traitors of the nation)”. This slogan was earlier raised by BJP leaders, including Kapil Mishra and Anurag Thakur, against anti-CAA protesters.

14:25 (IST)29 Feb 2020
Situation in Delhi far from normal, environment of fear prevailing: Congress

The situation is far from normal and an environment of fear is still prevailing in Delhi, the Congress party said on Saturday, PTI reported. Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma also claimed that a 'one-sided' investigation is taking place into the riots. 'We have no expectations from Centre or Delhi CM but we have hopes from the courts,' he told reporters.

13:40 (IST)29 Feb 2020
Trouble brewing, Ghaziabad top cop chose to cross border

Heavy police deployment, Aman Committee meetings and constant vigil helped the Ghaziabad administration and police prevent incidents of rioting, despite violence ensuing at the border. Some Northeast Delhi areas, where clashes broke out, lie within a few kilometres of the Ghaziabad border. Referring to an incident where the Ghaziabad Police crossed the border into Northeast Delhi to prevent a riot-like situation, officials said it was a “spontaneous” reaction. “I was standing at the border as I had come for an unscheduled inspection. Women and children were looking at us from the balcony as people began to mobilise at that spot. We crossed the border to help the people and prevent a huge law and order situation. We didn’t think about jurisdiction because it needed to be done at that point, and it was purely done for law and order reasons,” said Neeraj Kumar Jadaun, SP Rural, Ghaziabad.

13:18 (IST)29 Feb 2020
Delhi violence: Generator worker from Noida killed, family seeks forensic test to identify body

On Wednesday, cousins of Mohsin Ali (24) stood outside the GTB Hospital mortuary hoping not to find their brother inside. With his photo in hand, they went inside, only to return minutes later with grim news — they had identified Ali’s body. Taking a moment to digest the news, they started the paper work to take the body back to their native village in Hapur. According to the family, Ali’s car was torched when he was returning from work in Chand Bagh. On Thursday, some of the family members were doubtful if it was him and requested to verify the body a second time. “The body we verified on Wednesday had different hair. This is not our brother,” said his cousin Haidar Ali, who has been at the hospital since Wednesday. The family found hope again. They spent Thursday looking at bodies and also checked the spot where the charred remains of his car lay. “There was a body in the mortuary that was completely charred. We have asked authorities to conduct a forensic test to find out if it’s our brother,” said Ali. Married in December, Mohsin was a generator worker and lived in Noida Sector 5.

13:11 (IST)29 Feb 2020
Delhi violence: Outside mortuary, relatives say wait is endless

A total of 42 people have died since the violence broke out. Of these, 38 were in GTB, three in Lok Nayak Hospital and one in Jag Pravesh Chandra Hospital. The mortuary at GTB Hospital has 15 bodies, of which nine have been identified. On Friday, many families continued to flock hospitals in search of their loved ones who have been missing since the clashes. Among them is the family of Firoz Ahmed (35), whose wife Shahana last spoke to him at 11 pm Monday, when he called from an unknown number. “He told me he had been beaten up badly and that a stranger had given him shelter in Karawal Nagar. He said the man had fed him and given him first-aid,” she said. However, the number was unreachable the next day.

12:40 (IST)29 Feb 2020
Delhi violence: Some political parties rubbing salt into wounds of victims, says Naqvi

Taking a swipe at the Opposition, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday said some political parties and "professional provokers" were rubbing salt into the wounds of those affected by the communal riots, but harmony will prevail, PTI reported. Provokers and perpetrators will be in prison and peace and harmony will prevail, the senior BJP leader said, adding that this should be "our commitment and the confidence". Instead of healing the wounds of the victims of the violence, some political parties and "professional provokers" are rubbing salt into their wounds, Naqvi told reporters. The "secular ride" on the unfortunate communal riots should be stopped, Naqvi said. "It is our collective responsibility to ensure the victims get justice and perpetrators are punished heavily and peace and harmony is restored," the minister said.

12:03 (IST)29 Feb 2020
Delhi violence: 'Peace march' taken out at Jantar Mantar

A "peace march" was organised at Jantar Mantar on Saturday against the communal violence, PTI reported. Slogans of 'Jai Shri Ram', 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' rent the air as hundreds of people gathered at the place carrying the tricolour. BJP leader Kapil Mishra was also present at the march organised by the Delhi Peace Forum, an NGO.

11:55 (IST)29 Feb 2020
Delhi violence: Claims of stone pelting at Dwarka

Friday prayers at a Dwarka mosque took place with around 10 policemen, including the area SHO, outside after allegations emerged that stones had been pelted at the structure early Friday morning — a claim denied by police. The Imam of Shahjahanabad mosque in Sector 11, Mohd Rashid, said the alleged incident took place around 2.30 am. Mannan, the Muezzin at the mosque, claimed they woke up to the sound of a thud and discovered broken glass and and stones inside. Delhi Police, however, claimed no such incident had taken place, with DCP Dwarka tweeting: “Rumours of stone pelting at a religious place by a mob chanting religious slogans in Dwarka are completely false. Public is advised not to pay attention to or spread rumours/fake news on social media.”

11:39 (IST)29 Feb 2020
Situation peaceful in riot-hit northeast Delhi

The situation in northeast Delhi was peaceful Saturday morning with residents gradually coming to terms with the damage, PTI reported. Security personnel have been conducting flag marches and holding regular consultations with locals to assuage their fears. They are also urging residents to not pay attention to rumours on social media and report them to the police.

11:28 (IST)29 Feb 2020
Delhi violence: Govt opens shelter homes, people prefer to leave for relatives’ place

In a bid to rehabilitate those affected by violence in Northeast Delhi, the Delhi government has set aside two night shelters in Shastri Park and outside GTB Hospital. While the one outside the hospital found no takers on Friday, two men whose relatives sustained injuries in the violence and were being treated at the hospital stayed at the shelter on Thursday night. Caretaker Rajesh Thakur said, “No one has come here on Friday. I will go outside the emergency ward and the mortuary to tell people that this facility is available to them.” However, many families have left their homes and moved in with relatives and friends in other areas.

 
10:55 (IST)29 Feb 2020
Delhi violence: Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad hits out at Centre

Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad blamed the central government and Home Minister Amit Shah for the violence that rocked Northeast Delhi from February 24 and questioned why the Army was not deployed in time. Speaking at a press conference in front of Andhra Bhavan Friday, he also blamed BJP leader Kapil Mishra for inciting violence through hate speeches. “I blame the central government because if they had wanted, this could have been stopped. Where were they? This violence was allowed to occur for two days because the agenda was to scare away the anti-CAA-NRC protests, but we will not let that happen,” said Azad.

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A team of the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) inspected AAP councillor Tahir Hussain’s house in Chand Bagh on Friday morning. Hussain has been named in an FIR filed in connection with the murder of 25-year-old Intelligence Bureau staffer Ankit Sharma, who went missing on Tuesday night. His body was found in a drain the next day.

The FSL team collected samples and pieces of evidence from the house, amid allegations that petrol bombs, bricks and stones had been found on the terrace. The FIR has been registered under charges of murder, destruction of evidence and abduction, at Dayalpur police station.

In his complaint, Ankit’s father has alleged that Hussain had “assembled goons (gunde)” at his residence, and they were firing guns and throwing petrol bombs from the rooftop. The family lives in Khajuri Khas, close to Chand Bagh.

Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad, on the other hand, blamed the central government and Home Minister Amit Shah for the violence that rocked Northeast Delhi from February 24 and questioned why the Army was not deployed in time. Speaking at a press conference in front of Andhra Bhavan Friday, he also blamed BJP leader Kapil Mishra for inciting violence through hate speeches.

Meanwhile, in a bid to rehabilitate those affected by violence, the Delhi government has set aside two night shelters in Shastri Park and outside GTB Hospital. However, many families have left their homes and moved in with relatives and friends in other areas.