PM Narendra Modi appeals for peace in Delhi  |  Photo Credit: IANS
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday appealed for calm and peace in Delhi, amid communal clashes that have claimed the lives of at least 23 people including a policeman so far.
In his first remarks on the violence that erupted in northeast Delhi on Sunday, the PM said it was important to restore calm and normalcy at the earliest.
“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,” the PM tweeted.
“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,” the PM said further, assuring that the security agencies were working to restore normalcy.
At least 22 people are confirmed to have died in the Delhi violence so far that erupted on Sunday in northeastern part of the city. There has been relative calm today after more Delhi Police personnel and paramilitary forces were deployed in the riot-affected areas.
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval has been given the charge by the Centre to restore normalcy in the national capital. He held a high-level late-night meeting on Tuesday to review the situation.
Meanwhile, hearing the Delhi violence matter, the Delhi High Court today said “we cannot let another 1984 happen in this country, not under the watch of this court”.
It also directed the authorities to set up helplines for immediate help for victims and private ambulances to be provided for safe passage of victims. The court further said shelters for rehabilitation be set up along with basic facilities.