23 Dead In Delhi Violence, PM Modi Appeals For “Peace, Brotherhood”: 10 Points

Kusum Tewari


Delhi violence: PM Modi said he reviewed the situation in the capital.


  • Important that normalcy is restored at the earliest: PM Modi tweeted
  • Stone-throwing, arson marked unrelenting violence over citizenship law
  • CBSE board exams have been postponed in the affected areas

New Delhi:
After more than three days of unprecedented violence in northeast Delhi, in which 23 people have died and at least 200 injured, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today appealed for “peace and brotherhood”, and said he has held an extensive review of the situation in various parts of the national capital. “I appeal to my sisters and brothers of Delhi to maintain peace and brotherhood at all times,” PM Modi tweeted, in his first reaction to the violence. Stone-throwing between rival groups, arson and vandalism on Tuesday marked unrelenting violence over citizenship law protests that began on Sunday, with reports of fresh arson and stone-throwing this morning. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, who has been put in charge of restoring normalcy in the violence-hit parts of Delhi, visited the violence-hit areas to review security this evening. He had told NDTV that there are enough forces on the ground and that no one needs to fear.

Here are the top 10 updates we know so far on northeast Delhi violence:

  1. “Had an extensive review on the situation prevailing in various parts of Delhi. Police and other agencies are working on the ground to ensure peace and normalcy,” PM Modi tweeted. Calling for calm, the Prime Minister said in another tweet, “Peace and harmony are central to our ethos. I appeal to my sisters and brothers of Delhi to maintain peace and brotherhood at all times. It is important that there is calm and normalcy is restored at the earliest.”

  2. There was fresh violence this morning with reports of arson and stone-throwing. 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.

  3. The body of an Intelligence Bureau officer – Ankit Sharma – was recovered from a drain in Delhi’s Chand Bagh today. He was returning home on Tuesday evening when he was allegedly attacked by a mob on a bridge and beaten to death.

  4. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi hit out at the centre, saying the violence was the result of a conspiracy while demanding Home Minister Amit Shah’s resignation. “What was the Home Minister doing since last week? What was the Home Minister doing earlier this week? Why were the paramilitary forces not called in earlier when the Home Ministry saw the situation worsening,” Mrs Gandhi said at a press conference. “The central government, including the Home Minister, is responsible. The Congress party demands that he resign immediately,” she said.

  5. Late last night, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval visited areas such as Seelampur, Jaffrabad, Maujpur and Gokulpuri Chowk which saw violence, and met with top police officers.”People were doubting the capabilities and intentions of Delhi Police. This needs to addressed. People need to trust the man in uniform,” he told NDTV. He was back in northeast Delhi this evening to take stock of the situation. The move to put him in charge of restoring peace in northeast Delhi has raised eyebrows since Delhi Police reports directly to Amit Shah.

  6. Delhi Police has been heavily criticised for apparent inaction when the violence unfolded and for deploying inadequate forces on the ground. “The Ministry of Home Affairs  is continually supporting us. We have adequate forces,” Delhi police chief Amulya Patnaik told news agency ANI on Tuesday.

  7. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, meanwhile, suggested that “the army should be called in”. On Tuesday, the Home Ministry had ruled out deployment of the army to end the violence, saying there is enough police and paramilitary personnel were on the ground.

  8. The Delhi High Court, in a late-night order, asked the police to ensure safe passage and emergency treatment for those injured in the unprecedented violence in the capital since Sunday. The hearing by a two-judge bench of the Delhi High Court took place at the residence of Justice S Muralidhar. The court was hearing an urgent petition seeking safe passage for the injured to medical institutions with adequate facilities.

  9. The violence, which left neighbourhoods looking as though it was a war zone, also led to the postponement of CBSE board exams to be held in affected areas on Wednesday. Large gatherings have been banned across northeast Delhi since Monday night.

  10. Government sources have said the violence appears to have been “orchestrated”, as it came at a time when US President Donald Trump was visiting the country. Mr Trump was asked for his reaction to the violence and said he had not discussed it with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as it is “up to India” to deal with it”. However, he did say America appreciated PM Modi’s efforts to ensure religious freedom in India.

(With inputs from PTI)

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