Delhi violence live updates | GTB hospital forms committee to conduct post mortem as toll reaches 20

Kusum Tewari

Tensions continues to simmer in and around northeast Delhi for the fourth consecutive day as the death toll in the clashes around the Citizenship Amendment Act rose to 20. Over 180 people have been injured.

In a late night development, the Delhi High Court ordered the Delhi Police to ensure safe passage of about 22 riot victims stuck in a “fairly small” hospital in northeast Delhi to a government hospital with better facilities. The court also ordered to ensure that the victims received immediate emergency treatment.

Here are the latest updates:

1.10 pm

GTB hospital to form committee to do post mortem

“We have bodies which have gun shot injuries on them. A committee/ board consisting of senior doctors is being formed at GTB hospital who will do the post mortem,” confirmed a senior health official at the hospital.

1.00 pm


12.40 pm


Delhi Police shares contact numbers of personnel at city hospitals

The Delhi police has shared contact numbers of police personnel who are at various hospitals for those desirous of seeking information on victims admitted following communal violence in the northeast part of the national capital.

At Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Sub-Inspector Gajender Singh can be contacted on 9818120026 for details.

Sub-Inspector Yogender Singh can be reached at 7982756328 for details of victims in Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital and Maulana Azad Hospital.

Sub-Inspector Devender Singh is stationed at RML Hospital and can be contacted at 9818313342 to seek information.

Assistant Sub-Inspector Narender Rana can be reached on 9868738042 for those admitted at Al-Hind Hospital.


12.30 pm


UN chief closely following situation in Delhi: spokesperson

UN chief Antonio Guterres is closely following the situation in New Delhi and stresses that demonstrators should be allowed to demonstrate peacefully and security forces should show restraint.

“I think it’s very important that demonstrators be allowed to demonstrate peacefully and that security forces show restraint. This is the SG’s constant position,” Secretary General Guterres’ spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said at the daily press briefing Tuesday.

When asked if the UN is monitoring the situation, Dujarric said “Yes, we’re obviously following it closely.”



12.15 pm

Violence in Delhi colossal failure of Delhi Police: Chidambaram

Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram described the violence in Delhi as a colossal failure of Delhi Police.

“Whether the violence erupted in East Delhi (MOS-Home) or spontaneous (MHA), the government has a duty to end the violence. The violence has continued since Monday and there are still incidents of violence. This shows the massive failure of Delhi Police,” Mr. Chidambaram tweeted.


12 pm

Incidents of violence “unfortunate,” but will not entertain pleas on them: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court, while terming the violence in norteast Delhi as “unfortunate”, refused to entertain pleas on them.

“Unfortunate things have happened. Should not have happened. But we will not expand the scope of the petition. It will look as if we are trying to take over… Too many ifs and buts in the interlocutors’ report,” said Justice Kaul.

SC says it is for law enforcing administration to ensure environment is conducive. Meanwhile, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta asked the Supreme Court not to make any adverse observations relating to Delhi violence as it will demoralise police force, to which the Court replied thatremarks are made not in adversarial context but to ensure law and order is maintained.

Judge K.M. Joseph says there was lack of professionalism on part of police.


11.45 am


Congress leaders to march to Rashtrapati Bhavan to seek normalcy in Delhi

Congress leaders will march to Rashtrapati Bhavan to seek normalcy and peace in violence-hit Delhi after its working committee meeting on Wednesday, party sources said.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi with former PM Manmohan Singh, and former Defence Minister A.K. Antony at the Congress Working Committee meeting at AICC HQ in New Delhi on Wednesday.Congress president Sonia Gandhi with former PM Manmohan Singh, and former Defence Minister A.K. Antony at the Congress Working Committee meeting at AICC HQ in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi with former PM Manmohan Singh, and former Defence Minister A.K. Antony at the Congress Working Committee meeting at AICC HQ in New Delhi on Wednesday.
| Photo Credit: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar


They will also submit a memorandum to President Ram Nath Kovind.




11.40 am


Delhi violence like a horror film depicting anti-Sikh riots: Shiv Sena

Observing that the violence in Delhi is akin to a “horror film” depicting the grim reality of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the Shiv Sena on Wednesday said the “bloodbath” has brought disrepute to the national capital like never before while U.S. President Donald Trump was in India with the “message of love“.

The editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana lamented that Mr. Trump was welcomed in Delhi while there was bloodbath on the streets.

It further said that the violence could potentially spread the message that the Central government has failed to maintain the law and order situation in Delhi.

“Violence has erupted in Delhi. People are on the streets equipped with canes, swords, revolvers, blood is being spilled on the roads. Some horror film-like situation is being witnessed in Delhi, which depicts the grim reality of 1984 riots,” the Sena said.

It further said the BJP was still blaming the Congress for the deaths of hundreds of Sikhs in the violence that was erupted after assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

“It does not augur well that Trump was welcomed in Delhi with the horror film of violence, bloodbath on the streets, screams of people, and tear gases. Trump saheb came to Delhi with a message of love, but what unfolded before him? ’Namaste’ in Ahmedabad and violence in Delhi. Never before Delhi was defamed like this,” the editorial said.


11.30 am

HC tells CBSE to provide long-term plan to students regarding board exams

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday said class 10 and 12 students, who have board examination centres in violence-hit northeast Delhi, need to be informed in one go about the schedule for the next 10-15 days and not on piecemeal basis.

Justice Rajiv Shakdher said the situation in northeast Delhi is getting worse and there have been more deaths and, therefore, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) needs to take a call for the next 10-15 days.

The court asked the CBSE to come with instructions about a long-term plan at 2.15 p.m.


11.20 am


Demanding action against violence, Jamia students protest outside CM Kejriwal’s residence

The students of Jamia Millia Islamia staged a protest outside the residence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to demand his action against the communal violence in northeast Delhi.

The call to gherao the Chief Minister’s residence post midnight was given by Jamia Coordination Committee, which comprises students and alumni from the varsity.

The students said they were allegedly detained and taken to Civil Lines police station. They also accused the police of using water cannon and force against them.

Police confirmed that they used water cannons to disperse the protesting students.

The varsity students were also joined by a group of Delhi University students.


11.10 am


Death toll in northeast Delhi violence rises to 20

The death toll in northeast Delhi communal violence over the amended citizenship law rose to 20 on Wednesday, according to GTB Hospital authorities.

On Tuesday, the death toll was 13. “The death toll has risen to 20 today,” Medical Superintendent of GTB Hospital, Sunil Kumar, told PTI.

Earlier, at least four bodies were brought to the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital from the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital, a senior official said.

Till last night, 150 injured were brought to the hospital, according to a senior hospital official.


11.00 am

Kejriwal wants Army to step in

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal says he will ask the Centre to bring in the Army to quell the violence.

Arvind Kejriwal. FileArvind Kejriwal. File


Mr. Kejriwal’s tweet said: “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.”

10.55 am


Shaheen Bagh protesters not to vacate site till CAA is revoked

With the hearing pertaining to Shaheen Bagh likely to come up before the Supreme Court on Monday, women who have been on a sit-in since December 16, said they are not willing to vacate the protest site till the Citizenship (Amendment) Act is revoked by the Centre.

The apex court had earlier appointed advocates Sanjay Hegde and Sadhana Ramachandran as interlocutors to speak to the protesters about shifting to an alternative site while observing that the road blockade by them was depriving other citizens of their rights.



10.45 am

Police plaint against Rana Ayyub for posting “Delhi violence”

A Mumbai resident has filed a police complaint application seeking action against journalist Rana Ayyub for posting an “old” video purportedly of the Delhi violence, an official said on Wednesday.

The complainant Ramesh Solanki claimed the video was two years old, and it was posted by Ms. Ayyub “with an intention to spread hatred in the society and to add more fuel to the Delhi violence“.

In his complaint, which he filed online on Tuesday, Solanki (50) also uploaded a photo of Rana’s tweet and the twitter handle “@ranaayyub“.

A senior Mumbai Cyber Crime official said they will first verify facts before deciding to take any action, if needed.

Fact-checking website AltNews has, however, said that the video was indeed taken on February 25.


10.40 am

Up in flames: firing, stone pelting continue… no policeman in sight

At 3 p.m. on Durgapuri’s 100 Foota Road — adjacent to Babarpur — in north-east Delhi, members of two communities clashed, pelted stones and fired gunshots with not even a single police officer in the sight for more than an hour.

Security personnel at a violence-affected area in north-east Delhi on Tuesday.Security personnel at a violence-affected area in north-east Delhi on Tuesday.

Security personnel at a violence-affected area in north-east Delhi on Tuesday.
| Photo Credit: PTI


At the spot which was about a km away from Durgapuri Check Post, a group of men with faces covered and lathis in hand continued to throw stones and bricks at each other.

A group of people, sporting tilak on their foreheads, chanted “Jai Sri Ram and Har Har Mahadev” during the attack while another set of crowd abused them.


10.30 am


Grief and fury grip families which lost loved ones in Delhi clashes

Head constable Rattan Lal, who died in the violence in Delhi on Monday, was laid to rest on Tuesday in the presence of senior officers, including Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik. Lal’s family, which received the body at the mortuary on Tuesday afternoon, said he died of a gunshot injury.

The body was taken to Kingsway Camp, where the last rites were performed.





Police must clamp down on the communal violence in Delhi

Communal violence in parts of Delhi, an earshot away from the nerve centre of the government of India, has claimed 13 lives and left over 150 injured. Mobs of pro-CAA demonstrators and anti-CAA protesters wielding sticks and weapons have taken over parts of the city and the Delhi police have proved themselves woefully inadequate at best and outrageously partisan and communal at worst, in responding to the situation. There was nothing abrupt or unexpected about the violence that erupted in the city’s north-eastern parts on Monday. This has been in the making for weeks.


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