BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: One policeman and two civilians have died after violent clashes broke out again in northeast Delhi’s Bhajanpura, Maujpur and Jafrabad on Monday morning, as protestors for and against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) clashed and pelted stones at each other.
This came amid US President Donal Trump’s India visit. He has been scheduled to reach Delhi on Monday evening after his visit to the Taj Mahal at Agra.
A Delhi Police head constable Ratan Lal was posted in the ACP Gokalpuri office in Delhi. He was in the Maujpur area when the clash broke out. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he breathed his last. Several other police personnel has also been injured in the clash.
These incidents happened in less than 24 hours of Jaffrabad protest, where nearly 1,000 women sat in protest against CAA on Saturday night, as a violent clash erupted regarding the same issue and pelted stones at each other.
At least one vehicle – an auto-rickshaw – has been set ablaze. In a disturbing video, a man dressed in a red shirt was seen running towards an unarmed Delhi Police officer with a gun.
Other videos of the clashes show people from both sides throwing stones and chunk of concrete at each other across the main road divider.
Responding to news of the violence Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called it “very distressing news” and urged Union Home Minister Amit Shah – under whose control Delhi Police rolls up – to “restore law and order and ensure peace and harmony is maintained”
Very distressing news regarding disturbance of peace and harmony in parts of Delhi coming in.
I sincerely urge Hon’ble LG n Hon’ble Union Home Minister to restore law and order n ensure that peace and harmony is maintained. Nobody should be allowed to orchestrate flagrations.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 24, 2020
Meanwhile, on Tuesday all the private and government schools in Northeast Delhi will remain close. Even the examinations, which were for Tuesday in this part of Delhi, have been cancelled. Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia has also informed through a tweet that he would request HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank to postpone the board examination.