Calling the situation “unfortunate,” Kejriwal said the district magistrate has been asked to take out peace march with the police. He also appealed all temples and mosques in affected areas to maintain peace.
Shahdara DCP Amit Sharma suffered injuries as violence spiraled at Chand Bagh and was rushed to GTB Hospital. He underwent surgery at Max Patparganj Monday night and is now conscious.
Violent clashes broke out between pro and anti-Citizenship protesters for the second consecutive day on Monday.
The area had been on edge since Sunday when a rally by BJP’s Kapil Mishra to counter anti-CAA protests in the area had been followed by waves of stone-pelting.
Today’s violence came after clashes erupted in the same district Sunday, barely 30 minutes after BJP’s Kapil Mishra held a rally to counter protests against the law and warned of action if anti-CAA protesters didn’t clear the road.
Supreme Court said it will peruse the report on Shaheen Bagh before hearing the matter on Wednesday, February 26.
Police fired teargas shells to control the situation but were unable to deter the two groups that continued to pelt stones and set vehicles and private property on fire. Violence soon spread to Gokulpuri and Chand Bagh, under Babarpur constituency.
Talking to The Indian Express, Maken, who was MoS (Home) in the UPA government, said Kejriwal, “by just appearing helpless… is further eroding the credibility of the institution of the office of the chief minister.”
Mishra, however, told The Indian Express that he had gone to Maujpur on Sunday as people had started blocking roads. “I did not say anything provocative… had I not gone, things may have gone out of control,” he said.
Outside the hospital’s emergency ward, his elder brother Mohd Imran (36) said, “I don’t know how to tell my sister-in-law about the death. We are unable to accept the news.”
According to doctors at GTB Hospital, head constable Rattan Lal succumbed to head injuries and was declared dead on arrival in the afternoon.
On Sunday, women and men who were taking out an anti-CAA march in South Delhi’s Hauz Rani alleged that police resorted to lathicharge during their “peaceful protest” but no action has been taken against any police personnel.
While the initial security plan involved blocking traffic movement on only one carriageway outside Hotel ITC Maurya Sheraton, the police have now decided to stop traffic movement on both carriageways minutes before Trump’s cavalcade departs from the hotel.
“Our shops have been burnt. Public property was damaged and our locality has got a bad name. Is this the message we want to send out to the American President?” Kapil asked.
CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury trained guns at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for “missing” from the scene.
Vehicles were burnt, homes and shops set ablaze, and stones pelted in Maujpur. Incidents of violence and arson were reported in Kardampuri, Chand Bagh and Dayalpur too.
“The situation in Delhi is fully under control. Senior police officials are on the ground and sufficient forces are also deployed at the spot,” Bhalla told reporters in the national capital.
“Take a lead and don’t sit back blaming others. Being helpless would further erode a much needed credibility of our democratic institutions to protect violence against the innocent citizens,” the Congress leader tweeted.
Kapil Mishra’s reply comes a day after he led a pro-CAA protest in Maujpur area of northeast Delhi, shortly after which violence broke out in the area.
Stone pelting incidents have been reported near Maujpur Babarpur Metro Station while some vehicles were set on fire in Yamuna Vihar. Clashes erupted soon after a rally was taken out by BJP leader Kapil Mishra near a demonstration against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act Sunday.