The North East Delhi, on Monday, turned into the riotous spot with fumes billowing out from several houses and vehicles set ablaze by the rioters allegedly in the name of anti-CAA protests. The roads full of stones, used for pelting them on the police force or on the mob favouring Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).
Those protesting against the CAA are accusing those favouring CAA for first resorting to violence while those favouring CAA are accusing the anti-CAA protesters for first erupting the riotous situations. The clash resulted into the loss of lives of 7 including a Delhi police head constable who lost his life after allegedly sustaining head injury.
— ANI (@ANI) February 25, 2020
The TV reports showed stone pelting from both the sides of the CAA protesters, while Delhi police seemed to subsume the violence between the two groups. The head constable who lost his life due to the violent clash is disclosed to be Rattan Lal, the head constable deputed at the office of the Asst. Commissioner of Police (ACP), Delhi Police, Gokulpuri.
Like Rattan Lal, two other civilians who were reported to have lost their lives in the unruly clash were identified to be Shahid and Furkan. Four more civilians were also found dead in the clash but are yet to be identified, Delhi police on Tuesday informed. Around 10 more policemen were reported to be injured in the riotous clash in the north east Delhi on Monday. Police reported that even a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) rank Delhi police officer, Amit Sharma, got injured in the violent incident rocking the Gokulpuri area of North East Delhi region. The injured were rushed to the GTB Hospital.
Meanwhile, the Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs, G. Kishan Reddy, alleged that the incident was preplanned by the miscreants eyeing the US president Donald Trump’s India visit. “Violence in the north east Delhi was orchestrated with an eye on US president Donald Trump’s visit to India. I condemn it. A Head Constable also lost his life in the violence. The government of India will never tolerate violence. We will take strict action against those responsible. Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is monitoring the situation,” said Reddy while speaking to the news agency ANI. The US president is on a two day visit to India which is speculated to be a highly vital visit for both the countries.
The Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Anil Baijal, has assured of given the directions to the commissioner of Delhi police to restore law and order situation in the north east region of national capital. “Have instructed Delhi police and commissioner of police to ensure that law and order is maintained in North East Delhi. The situation is being closely monitored. I urge everyone to exercise restraint for the maintenance of peace and harmony,” Lt. Governor Baijal tweeted from his official Twitter account.
In the aftermath of the riotous violence in the north east district of Delhi, Section 144 of CrPC has been imposed in the critical 10 locations in the affected north east region of Delhi.
(with inputs from news agency)