BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: The death toll in Northeast Delhi violence has climbed to 42 with over 45 FIR registered, a police personnel informed on Friday.
The clashes started on Sunday after over 1,000 women staged a protest at Jafrabad Metro Station area against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). On Monday, the clashes between pro-CAA and anti-CAA groups became more intense and turned into communal violence.
The death started with Delhi Police head constable Ratan Lal, who 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. Later, a 26-year-old Intelligence Bureau official, Ankit Sharma, also lost his life and more than 300 people have been reported injured.
Shops and vehicles were torched, policemen and locals attacked and property worth crores of rupees damaged during the violence.
The Delhi CM responded to the allegation that one Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader — Tahir Hussain — was involved in the killing of Ankit. Kejriwal promised that if found guilty, no one will be spared.
Another incident which came as a shock, amid the hearing in a case of provocative speeches made by many political leaders during Assembly election was the sudden transfer of Justice S Muralidhar on Wednesday. Justice Murlidhar had been critical of the Delhi Police’s action in curbing the violence. He was transferred as the Judge of Punjab and Haryana High court.