Delhi violence latest updates: 123 FIRs registered, 630 people either arrested or detained

Ghughuti Bulletin

NEW DELHI: The death toll in Delhi’s communal violence rose to 42 on Friday as clouds of smoke cleared to reveal the extent of the damage from the worst riots in the city in more than three decades and people gingerly stepped out for work and opened shops and other establishments.

Here is a look at the latest developments —
Govt schools in northeast areas to open on Saturday for staff
The city government schools which were closed in view of violence in northeast Delhi and parts of east Delhi will open on Saturday for principals and staff to assess the current situation, officials of the Directorate of Education (DoE) said on Friday.

The schools were earlier announced to be closed till February 29.

123 FIRs registered, 630 people either arrested or detained
A total of 123 FIRs were registered and 630 people were either arrested or detained so far in connection with the northeast Delhi communal violence, the Delhi Police spokesperson said on Friday.

Delhi Police spokesperson Mandeep Singh Randhawa said forensic science laboratory teams have been called in and the crime scenes are being revisited.

Delhi govt sets up 9 shelters for riot-hit people
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said the
Delhi government has set up nine shelters for the riot-affected people and is distributing food among them.

Addressing reporters, he said the government has started distributing Rs 25,000 in cash, as part of compensation, to those whose houses have been burnt during the violence in northeast
Delhi earlier this week.

For assistance of the violence-hit people, Kejriwal said the government has appointed 18 magistrates and four night magistrates.

Lieutenant governor visits riot-hit area
Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Friday visited riot-affected areas in northeast
Delhi to take stock of the situation and interacted with locals.

Baijal visited Maujpur, Jaffrabad and Gokulpuri, an official said. He was accompanied by senior police officers.

This is the first visit of the Lt governor to the riot-hit areas after violence broke out on Monday.

IPS officer SN Shrivastava appointed Delhi Police Commissioner
Shrivastava replaced Amulya Patnaik as Delhi Police Commissioner. He was posted with Delhi Police as Special CP and is given additional charge of the post of Commissioner of Police, Delhi with effect from March 1
Some signs of normalcy returning
Police and paramilitary personnel maintained strict vigil in view of Friday prayers at mosques.

Shops and other establishments opened in some places and more private vehicles were seen on roads. Autos and e-rickshaws also began plying in some of the violence-hit areas as people stepped out of their homes to get back to work or catch up on essential errands.

Local mosques appealed for peace and harmony and put out announcements asking people not to fall prey to rumours and cooperate with police.

Congress delegation to visit violence-hit areas
Five-member Congress delegation — Mukul Wasnik, Tariq Anwar, Sushmita Dev, Shaktisinh Gohil and Kumari Selja to visit violence-hit areas of North-East Delhi.

FIR against the Gandhis for hate speeches: Delhi HC seeks Centre, Delhi govt’s response
The Delhi high court has sought the response of the Centre and Delhi government on a plea seeking lodging of an FIR against Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandh and Priyanka Vadra for allegedly giving hate speeches. The plea also sought registration of an FIR against Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan, AIMIM leaders Waris Pathan and Akbaruddin Owaisi. Apart from registration of FIRs, the petition also seeks setting up of a Special Investigation Team to look into the alleged hate speeches.

Strict vigil in Delhi in view of Friday prayers
Life is limping back to normalcy in some parts of the riot-hit northeast Delhi, with police and paramilitary personnel maintaining strict vigil in view of Friday prayers at mosques. In some areas of northeast Delhi, signs of normal life were witnessed with opening of shops. In violence-hit areas also, shops in streets and bylanes were open.

People must revive their ‘Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb’: Delhi police joint commissioner
“People here must revive their ‘Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb’ which got some kind of dent. We’ve held discussions with Aman Committee here, made elaborate arrangements in view of all devotees who’ll go to offer prayers to mosques today. The opening of shops is a sign of normalcy. This process of normalisation in the area started yesterday. Our focus is to assure all citizens residing here is that they must start their normal life now,” joint commissioner OP Mishra said.

UN chief following the situation closely: Spokesperson
“The Secretary-General has been following the situation closely. Today, the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi is needed more than ever and it is central to create conditions for true community reconciliation,” Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson for the UN secretary-general said.

Delhi police halt scheduled march to Shaheen Bagh
“We had received information through social media that a large group of people will come to Shaheen Bagh from Madanpur Khadar on March 1. We took it seriously, in light of the current situation. We came to know that locals will join in and carry out a peaceful protest. We called a meeting of Aman Committee at different locations today, then all the stakeholders were called here at the DCP office. Everyone agreed that they will stay peaceful and the protest will be postponed indefinitely,” DCP (Southeast) Delhi police was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

AAP councillor booked for murder of IB officer
AAP Councillor Tahir Hussain and his aides were on Thursday booked in the case of the murder of Intelligence Bureau official Ankit Sharma. Hussain has denied the allegation and claimed he is being framed. AAP has suspended him from the party’s primary membership and will wait for the outcome of the police probe.

After judge’s transfer, high court says ‘situation not conducive to register FIRs’
A day after a bench of the Delhi high court pushed urgently for the prosecution of three BJP functionaries for their alleged hate speeches, a changed bench on Thursday accepted the stand of Delhi police that the situation at present was not “conducive” to register FIRs.

Kejriwal govt to bear all medical expenses of riot victims, announces compensation
CM Arvind Kejriwal announced that Delhi government will bear all medical expenses of riot victims, even those in private hospitals, and give up to Rs 10 lakh compensation to the kin of the deceased and up to Rs 5 lakh to those who have lost their houses and shops.

Delhi police appeal for videos and photographs of violence
Delhi Police has appealed to people residing in north-east Delhi that if they had witnessed violent incidents, they should come forward and share their ordeal and videos with the police. The locals can also send videos and pictures through WhatsApp on two mobile numbers —
8750871221 and 8750871227.

The violence started in North-East Delhi on Monday between anti and pro Citizenship bill protesters. The violence soon escalated and spread to other areas of North-East Delhi. In the clashes, one head constable and an intelligence officer were also killed. Two Special Investigation Teams (SITs) have been constituted under the Crime Branch, Delhi Police, to investigate the violence.

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