Delhi violence: After more than a dozen deaths, city limps back to normalcy

Kusum Tewari

NEW DELHI: Over a dozen people were killed and over 200 people were injured in violence in North-East Delhi raging since Monday. Tension smouldered in the national capital and streets in several localities like Chand Bagh, Bhajanpura, Gokulpuri,
Maujpur, Kardampuri and
Jaffrabad saw pitched battles between the members of two groups who also hurled petrol bombs and opened fire.

Here is a look at the latest developments —

  • ‘Situation alarming, Army should be called in’, tweets Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. “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 (sic)”
  • Entry and exit gates at all Metro stations were opened on Wednesday morning. Normal services have resumed at all stations, reported Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.
  • According to the officials of Guru Teg Bahadur hospital four more persons were brought dead to the hospital. The death toll is 17 on Monday morning.
  • Delhi high court in a midnight hearing (on the intervening night of February 25 and 26) directed Delhi Police to ensure safe passage for the injured victims by deploying all resources, as well as to make sure they receive immediate emergency treatment.
  • Alumni Association of Jamia Millia Islamia and Jamia Coordination Committee organised a demonstration outside chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence. People gathered in front of CM’s residence, demanded action against Delhi violence and sought restoration of peace.
  • “I’ve been informed that 81 people were admitted to hospital yesterday and 69 today. Few of them have been discharged after treatment. Many are severely injured, I pray for their speedy recovery,” Union minister Harsh Vardhan said following his visit to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital.
  • National Security Advisor Ajit Doval reviewed the security situation in North-East Delhi. Doval reached the office of deputy commissioner of police North-East in Seelampur after reviewing the security situation in the area.
  • During the night, Delhi police cleared anti-CAA protests sites in North-East Delhi. “The protesters have left the Jaffarabad metro station and the Maujpur Chowk is also clear. Now, 66 Futa road is clear of all protests,” said Delhi police special commissioner Satish Golcha.
  • Home minister Amit Shah held a 3-hour-long meeting with Delhi Police and home ministry officials on Tuesday night. Newly appointed special commissioner of police SN Srivastava also attended the meeting. It was the third meeting chaired by the home minister in less than 24 hours.
  • Shoot at sight orders issued for North-East Delhi on Tuesday night.
  • Schools will remain closed on Wednesday also in violence-affected North East district. All home examinations have been postponed. Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has been requested to postpone Wednesday’s board exams.
  • Late on Tuesday night, IPS SN Shrivastava was appointed special commissioner (law and order) in Delhi Police, with immediate effect.

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