BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval visited the Northeast Delhi’s violence-hit parts on Wednesday evening for the second time and spoke to the locals after he was given charge of restoring normalcy in the capital.
“Inshallah, there will be peace here,” he told the media. “Situation is totally under control. People are satisfied. I have confidence in law enforcement agencies. Police is doing its work,” the NSA said.
Doval visited the epicentres of the clashes along with a convoy of police officials in Jafrabad. 24 people have died so far and more than 200 have been injured in the clashes over the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in the last four days.
“I am a student, we can’t sleep at night, we are not fighting, I can’t go to study,” a girl confronted him in Jafrabad. To which, Doval replied, “You don’t have to worry. This is the responsibility of government and the police.” After the student asked Doval to take strong step as the “police are not doing their job”, he assured her, “I give you my word”.
Doval said Union Home Minister Amit Shah has given him charge of the Northeast Delhi. The move to put Doval in charge of restoring peace in Northeast Delhi has raised eyebrows since the Delhi Police reports directly to the Home Minister.
There was fresh violence on Wednesday morning with reports of arson and stone-pelting. A battery shop was set on fire in Bhajanpura area. The shop was vandalised and burnt batteries were strewn on the road, according to news agency PTI.
On Tuesday night, Doval had visited Seelampur, Jafrabad, Maujpur and Gokulpuri Chowk, which saw large-scale violence.