The death toll in Delhi’s worst-ever communal violence since 1984 rose to 27, with 14 more persons succumbing to injuries sustained in clashes that began over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act on Sunday evening.
After four days, both the Centre and the Delhi government swung into action, with National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal going to the disturbed parts of the city on Wednesday to rebuild confidence among people.
Delhi Police have also released two helpline numbers — 011-22829334, 22829335 — for people to reach out during distress.
Here are the latest updates:
Death toll goes up to 27
The GTB Hospital announced three more deaths, taking the toll to 27 in the northeast Delhi violence. Earlier in the day, the LNJP Hospital recorded two deaths, the first in the hospital since the violence broke out on Monday.
Indian cricketers condemn violence in Delhi, appeal for peace & harmony
Former and active India cricketers, including Rohit Sharma, on Wednesday appealed for peace and harmony in violence-hit northeast Delhi, saying the incidents of arson and rage were unfortunate and heart-breaking.
At least 24 people have been killed and over 200 injured in communal violence which broke out in northeast Delhi three days ago, triggered by clashes between pro and anti-CAA protestors over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
Jaffrabad, Maujpur, Babarpur, Yamuna Vihar, Bhajanpura, Chand Bagh, Shiv Vihar are among the areas mainly affected by the riots.
“What is happening in Delhi is unfortunate. My request to all of you is to keep calm and peace in Delhi. Any injury or harm to anyone is a blot on the capital of this great country. I wish peace and sanity to one and all,” former India opener Sehwag tweeted.
Yuvraj said as human beings we must respect each other.
₹2 lakh compensation for families of those killed in Delhi violence: Official
A compensation of ₹2 lakh will be paid to the next of kin of the people who have died in the communal violence over the amended citizenship law in northeast Delhi, senior officials said on Wednesday.
At least 24 fatalities have been reported in the violence over the last few days, 22 at GTB Hospital and two at LNJP Hospital.
“A compensation of ₹2 lakh will be paid to the next of kin of the people who have died in the communal violence. Persons who have been seriously injured will be given a relief amount of ₹50,000,” said a senior official.
Delhi violence did not figure in Cabinet meeting: Javadekar
The issue of violence in the national capital did not figure in the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said.
Mr. Javadekar answered in the negative when asked at a media briefing whether the violence in North East Delhi, which has claimed 24 lives so far, figured in the Cabinet meeting.
He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval are keeping an eye on the situation.
Death toll in northeast Delhi violence mounts to 24
Two deaths were recorded at LNJP Hospital on Wednesday taking the count of people who have died in the northeast Delhi violence to 24, authorities said.
These were the first cases of casualty reported at LNJP Hospital, which has been receiving a number of patients since the violence broke out Monday evening.
“One person was brought dead, while another died during treatment,” Medical Superintendent of LNJP Hospital Kishore Singh said.
Earlier, the toll stood at 22, all fatalities being recorded at GTB Hospital
106 arrested for Delhi violence, 18 FIRs registered: Police
The Delhi Police has arrested 106 people for their alleged involvement in the northeast Delhi violence and registered 18 FIRs, a senior police officer said on Wednesday.
“No untoward incident was reported on Wednesday and PCR calls from northeast Delhi have reduced,” Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Mandeep Singh Randhawa told reporters.
Police also released two helpline numbers - 011-22829334, 22829335 - for people to reach out during distress.
‘Definitely it is the Central government’s intelligence failure’
Tamil superstar Rajinikanth has lashed out at the central government over the violence in Delhi, saying the riots should have been dealt with an iron fist.
The actor also opined that protests should not turn violent and recalled his earlier statement that he will stand by Muslims if they were affected by the amended citizenship law.
“Definitely it is Central government’s intelligence failure. I strongly condemn the Central government,” he told reporters in Chennai.
The actor also rued that some sections of media and political observers were linking him with the BJP. — PTI
Delhi HC issues directions to help city’s riot victims
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued a series of directions to the Delhi Police , State government and other agencies for providing all necessary assistance to those affected by the violence in north-east Delhi .
The directions were given on a petition seeking police protection for the safe passage of the injured persons, who were earlier admitted to Al Hind Hospital, to other hospitals.
The petition was first taken up during an urgent midnight hearing at the residence of Justice S. Muralidhar, during which the Court had ordered the police to ensure safe passage to the victims.
HC anguished over police failure to lodge FIRs over hate speeches by three BJP leaders
The Delhi High Court Wednesday expressed “anguish” over Delhi Police’s failure to register FIRs against alleged hate speeches by three BJP leaders in connection with the CAA-related violence and asked the Police Commissioner to take a “conscious decision” on it by Thursday.
The court asked the Special Commissioner of Police, who was present in the hearing, to forthwith convey its “anguish” to the commissioner and observed that the city has seen enough violence and it should not witness another 1984 anti-Sikh riots-like incident.
Arvind Kejriwal visits riot-hit area
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal reaches Seelampur in violence-hit north east Delhi. He is expected to travel further to Shiv Vihar, another violence-hit area, said a Delhi government spokesperson.
U.S. Embassy issues advisory in view of Delhi violence
The U.S. Embassy in India has urged American citizens here to exercise caution because of the violent clashes in parts of the national capital.
“It is important that you monitor local media outlets for updates on demonstrations, road and Metro closures, and possible curfews. The Government of India imposed law that prohibits political gatherings of four or more people, Section 144, remains in effect in certain areas,” a Security Alert issued by the US Embassy.
The advisory came a day after President Donald Trump departed Delhi after a 36-hour visit to India during which he visited Ahmedabad, Delhi and Agra. However, the visit was overshadowed by the communal clashes in the northern parts of Delhi.
Doval briefs Shah on Delhi situation
National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Wednesday briefed Home Minister Amit Shah about the prevailing situation in North East Delhi where communal violence has claimed at least 22 lives, officials said.
Mr. Doval met Mr. Shah soon after his visit to the riot-affected areas of the national capital at the latter’s North Block office. This was the NSA’s second visit to the violence-hit localities in less than 24 hours.
The NSA briefed the home minister about the current law and order situation in North East Delhi and steps taken to bring back normalcy there, a Home Ministry official said.
High Court applauds police for prompt action in evacuating injured
The Delhi High Court Wednesday applauded the police for prompt action in evacuating the injured in north-east Delhi where communal violence has erupted over the amended citizenship law.
A bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Anup J Bhambhani termed as “extremely unfortunate” the killing of IB officer in the ongoing violence in which 20 people have died and over 180 injured.
“While order was being dictated mid-night, police was implementing it right there and rescuing injured persons,” the bench said during the day’s hearing.
₹1crore compensation for head constable who died in Delhi violence: Kejriwal
The Delhi government will give a compensation of ₹1 crore to the family of head constable Ratan Lal who was killed in violence in northeast Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Wednesday.
"Delhi Police Head Constable Ratan Lal ji was martyred, saving humanity and serving our country. Delhi government will take responsibility of Ratan Lal ji’s family and honorarium of ₹1 crore will be given to his family," he said.
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Government failed to maintain peace in Delhi, Amit Shah must resign: Priyanka Gandhi
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday alleged the Centre has failed to maintain peace in the national capital and demanded the resignation of Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
"There is fear and hate in this city. It is the Congress party’s duty to call for peace and spread love wherever there is hate," says Ms. Vadra
I appeal to everybody in the Delhi Congress to go home and spread peace. Approach people from Hindu and Muslim communities and sit down with them to have a cup of tea and so that love is spread and normalcy returns , she added.
'Seva and ahimsa is the dharam of the Congress part and we need to do our best to get the situation back to normal.'
CBSE postpones Class 12 English exam on Feb. 27 across 80 centres in Northeast Delhi
The CBSE Class 12 English exam on Thursday has been postponed in the northeast and parts of east Delhi in view of the turbulent situation due to violence, according to officials.
“Considering request of Delhi government and to avoid inconvenience to students, staff and parents, the board has decided to postpone the exam for class 12 in North East Part of Delhi,” CBSE Secretary Anurag Tripathi said.
The exam has been postponed at 73 centres in northeast Delhi and seven centres in east Delhi.
“However, the exam in rest parts of Delhi shall be conducted as per scheduled. The next date of exam for affected students will be notified shortly,” the official said.
"For students who live in violence affected areas but have examination centres elsewhere, their school principals will have to approach CBSE asking for specific relief for these students," CBSE secretary Anurag Tripathi said to The Hindu
Here is the full list of centres which is affected-
NSA Doval holds meeting with Delhi Police top brass over violence
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval held a meeting with senior officials of the Delhi Police and took stock of the situation.
Mr. Doval held a meeting at the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police (northeast) along with the top brass of the Delhi Police.
On late Tuesday night, Doval held a similar meeting with the top brass of the Delhi Police after violence swept through northeast Delhi.
Delhi HC asks the Delhi police to take a conscious decision with regard to the registration of FIRs and report back on Thursday.
This was conveyed by the two-judge bench headed by Justice S Muralidhar to senior Delhi police officer Praveer Ranjan.
Delhi violence ‘chilling reminder’ of 2002 Gujarat riots
CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Wednesday said the violence in Delhi is a “chilling reminder” of the 2002 Gujarat riots.
He said there was no way to restore peace and normalcy in Delhi other than by calling in the Army.
“It’s clear that the violence in Delhi has the sanction of police and that of the powers that govern them. Adequate compensation should be provided to the kin of the dead and those injured by the Centre and the state government,” he said.
An eyewitness account from Chand Bagh
This is the account of Chand Bagh resident Kashif Raza as told to Saira Aslam.
Brijpuri is very close to our location in Chand Bagh. Near a culvert in Brijpuri, there is a madrassa that was burned down on Tuesday evening between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
From our roof, I saw the madrassa up in flames. It is just 10-12 buildings away. Tear gas shells fell inside our lane so everyone had to step down from their terraces.
Across our street from Chand Bagh is Yamuna Vihar B Block. From the terrace, I saw hooligans walking on the street from one side, and police walking from the other. But there was no engagement. On Monday, again from the terrace we could see tear gas shells being thrown towards our area. Amid the smoke, we could also see policemen directing people to move forward.
Since Sunday, people have been standing guard outside the lane at night. I was out there guarding too. Three DTC buses full of people arrived on Tuesday, and they had all sorts of weapons with them. There were also police present. It was this group of people who were active all night. We were also vigilant. Today (Wednesday) a group of people began entering our colony at 12:50 a.m. but we chased them away. It happened again at 1:40 a.m. and then at 3 a.m. There has been no electricity since around 9 p.m last night.
My father-in-law went to get milk in the morning. There is a popular dairy in Yamuna Vihar called Raghav Dairy. There was a queue. Some 3-4 people suddenly came and started asking everyone their names. If you were a Muslim, they abused you and took you out of the line.
The main road seems to be functional now (at around 1 p.m. on Wednesday) and things seem to be easing. But we are still vigilant and cautious.
Farah Shamoon (wife of Raza)
People are alert and even last night, whenever they heard any yelling and shouting, everyone came out. There are some Hindu households in our area who have been supportive and have helped us in getting supplies like milk and other ration as all shops are closed and the only place where we can get these things are from Yamuna Vihar, where the locals are discriminating.
Death toll rises to 23
Death toll in the Delhi violence in north east area continued to rise on Wednesday morning with the current count standing at 23 with 21 deaths reported from GTB hospital and two from Lok Nayak Hospital.
“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.
A total of 189 injured were also brought to the GTB hospital. Meanwhile information released by Lok Nayak hospital said that a total 44 patients brought here — 14 patients on 24th and 28 patients were brought on February 25 and two deaths have been registered.
Take decision on lodging FIRs for hate speeches by 3 BJP leaders, Delhi HC tells police
The Delhi High Court Wednesday directed the police to take “conscious decision” with respect to lodging of FIRs against alleged hate speeches by three BJP leaders in connection with the CAA violence and convey by Thursday.
The three BJP leaders are — Kapil Mishra , Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma.
Modi appeals for peace and brotherhood
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday appealed for peace and brotherhood, and said he has held an extensive review of the prevailing situation in various parts of the national capital.
He also said it was important that calm and normalcy was restored at the earliest.
“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,” Mr. Modi tweeted.
Stressing that peace and harmony are “central to our ethos”, Mr. Modi said, “I appeal to my sisters and brothers of Delhi to maintain peace and brotherhood at all times.” - PTI
Ajit Doval tasked to bring situation under control
Concerned over the deteriorating law and order situation in the national capital, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given to National Security Advisor Ajit Doval the mandate to restore normalcy in riot-hit northeast Delhi where at least 20 people have been killed in the communal violence, officials said on Wednesday.
Immediately after taking over the assignment, Mr. Doval undertook a late night tour of the riot-hit areas on Tuesday accompanied by Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik and newly-appointed Special Commissioner S.N. Shrivastava and other senior officers, they said.
So painful to watch people of Delhi suffering: Kejriwal
Tweeting a media report on the death of IB official, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind kejriwal said: "Such a tragic loss of life. The culprits must not be spared. 20 people have already lost their lives. So painful to watch people of Delhi suffering Praying that we recover from this tragedy soon n work together to undo damage done to people n communities."
Sonia Gandhi demands Amit Shah's resignation
In a rare press conference, Congress president Sonia Gandhi has demanded the resignation of Home Minister Amit Shah for his failure to curb violence in north east Delhi.
Where was Home Minister Amit Shah and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal since last Sunday, Ms. Gandhi asked. She said the Chief Minister must be visible in affected areas and have constant communication with people.
"The Congress working committee believes that the situation is grave. Adequate security forces must be deputed," she said.
Ms. Gandhi recalled how the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee would convene an all-party meeting at the time of such crisis. " Unfortunately, ever since Modi government has come in as far as I know no such meeting has been ever called. It's a sad fact but it's truth," she said.
AAP targets BJP over Delhi violence
The Aam Aadmi Party blamed the BJP for violence in the national capital. The party's Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh, in his Twitter handle, released a video of BJP MLA Abhay Verma's march in east Delhi where "goli maaro" chants were heard.
"The BJP MLA and leaders who are inciting violence need to be booked. There is no place for violence in Delhi," Mr. Singh said at a press conference. He wondered why Home Minister Amit Shah has not appealed for peace.
Delhi minister Gopal Rai said the only option was to bring in the Army normal and to protect the borders of Delhi. " If the police acted when Kapil Mishra gave a speech inciting violence all this would have been avoided," he said.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
They will also submit a memorandum to President Ram Nath Kovind.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(With inputs from Agencies)