BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: The death toll in Delhi violence has touched 34 as of Wednesday morning after clashes broke out between those supporting and opposing Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Northeast Delhi’s Jafrabad, Maujipur, Bhajanpura, Chand Bagh and Karawal Nagar and other areas. The large-scale violence has left nearly 1,500 injured. One among the 20 killed is a policeman, who died amid the violence on Monday.
National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval visited violence-hit areas such as Seelampur, Jaffrabad, Maujpur and Gokulpuri Chowk on Tuesday night. He told NDTV, that there are enough forces on the ground and no one needs to fear. He was accompanied by Delhi Police chief Amulya Patnaik.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a late-night urgent meeting on Tuesday to take stock of the situation. This was his third meeting with the Delhi Police and his ministry within 24 hours.
However, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday again appealed to the Home Minister to call in the Army to control the situation. He also asked Shah to impose curfew in the rest of the affected areas with immediate effect. “I have been in touch wid large no of people whole nite. Situation alarming. Police, despite all its efforts, unable to control situation and instil confidence Army shud be called in and curfew imposed in rest of affected areas immediately Am writing to Hon’ble HM to this effect,” Kejriwal tweeted on Wednesday morning.
I have been in touch wid large no of people whole nite. Situation alarming. Police, despite all its efforts, unable to control situation and instil confidence
Army shud be called in and curfew imposed in rest of affected areas immediately
Am writing to Hon’ble HM to this effect
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 26, 2020
On Tuesday, Kejriwal also held an emergency meeting of MLAs and officials from the affected areas and appealed the protesters to maintain peace. “I appeal to all Delhiites to maintain peace. We are worried about the violence in Northeast Delhi. Several policemen and civilians were injured and some lost their lives. Several houses were set on fire and shops were damaged. It is very unfortunate,” he said while addressing a press conference after the meeting.
The violence began amid US President Donald Trump’s India visit. He arrived in Delhi, along with his wife Melania Trump, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, on Monday evening after attending the mega ‘Namaste Trump’ event in Ahmedabad. The police have also imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC in the entire Northeast Delhi till March 24.
However, the Centre ruled out calling the Army, saying that there were enough paramilitary and police on the ground to tackle the situation. Restrictions have also been imposed in the violence-torn areas that will remain in place for the next 30 days.
Meanwhile, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has postponed the board exams for Class 10 and 12 scheduled on Wednesday in northeast Delhi. There are a total of 86 centres in northeast Delhi.