Delhi violence: Shoot at sight orders issued in northeast Delhi

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal meeting the injured at the GTB and Max hospitals | Picture credit: Twitter

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal meeting the injured at the GTB and Max hospitals | Picture credit: Twitter  

Tensions remained high in northeast Delhi on Tuesday, with shops and vehicles being torched and rioters running amok in several parts, especially Maujpur, Brahampuri and other adjoining areas.

The death toll in the violence, that took a communal colour and spread to the neighbouring areas on Monday, rose to 10, including the police head constable Rattan Lal. Organised groups had attacked each other.

Several journalists complained of "running for their lives" while reporting from the ground. Some of them also suffered injuries.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met with the victims at hospitals where they were being treated. "This madness must end immediately," he tweeted. Earlier in the day, he also attended an all-party meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on the security situation in the national capital. "Rising above party politics, it was decided to take all possible steps to restore peace," he added.

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Here are the live updates:

10:15 pm

Shoot at sight order issued in northeast Delhi

Curfew has been imposed at Maujpur, Jaffarabad, Chandbagh and Karawal Nagar, sources from the Delhi police said. Shoot at sight orders in parts of northeast Delhi have also been given.

10:00 pm

Death toll due to violence rises to 13

Thirteen people have been killed and more than 150 injured in the violence that erupted in Delhi for a third day, a hospital official said on Tuesday.

“I can now confirm 13 deaths. At least 150 people have come to our hospital with injuries,” Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital official Rajesh Kalra told AFP, adding that a dozen people were in critical condition.

“We are still receiving some people with injuries, most of them firearm injuries today.” - AFP

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9:30 pm

IPS officer Shrivastava appointed Delhi Police Special CP (law and order)

IPS officer S.N. Shrivastava has been appointed the new Delhi Police Special Commissioner (Law and Order) after the Union Home Ministry repatriated him from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Tuesday night to take control of the violence in the national capital, officials said.

Mr. Shrivastava, a 1985-batch AGMUT cadre officer, is tipped to take over as the new Delhi police chief after incumbent Amulya Patnaik’s extended tenure ends on February 29.

An order issued by the Home Department of the Delhi government said the officer is being appointed to the Delhi police post with “immediate effect".

The CRPF, where Mr. Shrivastava was serving as the Special Director General (Training), also issued an order reliving the officer to join the new post after the Home Ministry ordered his premature repatriation from the paramilitary force.

Officials said Mr. Shrivastava, who has served the Delhi police in various capacities in the past, has joined the new posting and is already interacting with police officials to control the violence that has engulfed parts of northeast Delhi since the last two days.

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9:15 pm

CBSE postpones exams scheduled for Wednesday in northeast Delhi

Based on the request of the Directorate of Education, the Delhi government has decided to postpone the exams scheduled for Wednesday in the northeast area of Delhi, an official press release from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) said.

However, exams will continue as scheduled for the rest of the city.

Delhi violence: Shoot at sight orders issued in northeast Delhi
 

The next date of the exam for the affected students will be notified shortly, the release said.

9:00 pm

Public reaction to CAA expected, anger will grow if govt. doesn’t realise mistake: Amarinder Singh

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said the people’s reaction to the “draconian” Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) was “expected” and the anger would only increase if the Centre does not withdraw it.

“The public reaction to the CAA had to be expected since the BJP government at the Centre was trying to destroy India’s cherished constitutional and social fabric through this draconian legislation,” Mr. Singh said when asked about the violence in Delhi and other parts of the country.

Mr. Singh said the Centre “failed to factor in the possible reaction of the people in its plans to impose the CAA, as well as the NRC [National Register of Citizens] and NPR [National Population Register], on the nation".

“Naturally, there had to be a reaction to the Centre’s attempt to trample over the country’s democratic ideals of socialism and secularism,” he told mediapersons outside the Punjab Assembly here.

He added that the people’s anger would not end but only grow bigger till the Central government realised its “mistake” and withdrew the legislation.

When asked about the Centre’s decision not to invite Congress president Sonia Gandhi to the banquet hosted for the visiting U.S. President, Mr. Singh described it as “unfortunate” and said such a thing had never happened under Congress governments.

Replying to another question, he said the Delhi Chief Minister (Arvind Kejriwal) should have been invited for the U.S. First Lady’s visit to the city schools.

Mr. Singh said though he was not a supporter of the policies of the Aam Aadmi Party, it was customary for the Chief Minister to be invited when a VIP, such as U.S. President Donald Trump, was on a visit and his wife was going to a school of that State, he said. -PTI

 

8.55 pm

 

3 borders adjoining northeast Delhi sealed, liquor shops closed in Ghaziabad

Amid violence over the amended citizenship law, the district administration here has sealed three borders adjoining northeast Delhi and shut down bars and pubs in Ghaziabad, officials said on Tuesday. District Magistrate Ajay Shankar Pandey told PTI that Section 144 of CrPC has been imposed in the district.

Section 144 of CrPC prohibits the assembly of four or more people in an area.

Officials said Laal Bagh, DLF embankment road of Loni and Tulsi Niketan borders of Sahibabad which are adjacent to northeast Delhi have been barricaded, adding people have been advised not to use these routes to travel to Delhi.

All the liquor vends and bars will remain closed from 4 to 10 pm whereas all bars in hotels and pubs will be shut in the district, Pandey said.

Forces have been deployed in all the sensitive areas, he added.

8.45 pm

Schools to remain closed on Wednesday

Private and government schools in violence affected North East Delhi will continue to be closed on Wednesday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced on Tuesday.

Mr. Sisodia, who is also the Education Minister of Delhi, said all internal examinations have been postponed by schools.

“In violence affected North East district, schools will be closed tomorrow as well. Internal examinations have been postponed. Have requested CBSE to postpone the board exam as well,” Mr. Sisodia tweeted.

There was no response from the CBSE on whether the exam will be postponed or not.

Smoke billowed in the air and mobs roamed unchecked through the streets, burning shops, pelting stones and threatening locals, as fresh violence tore through northeast Delhi, killing six more people on Tuesday and taking the toll in the communal clashes over the amended citizenship law to 11.

As tension smouldered in the national capital’s northeast and the sun set over another restive day, violence cut a swathe through several localities, including Chand Bagh and Bhajanpura, with stones and other missiles hurled and shops set ablaze. - PTI

8:15 pm

Delhi police appeals for peace

The Delhi police on Tuesday appealed to the people to maintain peace and harmony in the city.

 

 

8:10 pm

Appeal to everyone to maintain peace: Mamata on Delhi violence

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said she was “deeply disturbed and concerned about the situation in Delhi”.

Ms. Banerjee, who left for Bhubhaneswar to attend an Eastern Zonal Council (EZC) meeting to be chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah later this week, urged people to maintain peace.

“Ours is a country of peace, it takes everybody along, it is a secular country. There is no scope of any violence.. We appeal to all to maintain peace,” she said, adding that she not sure what was going on in Delhi.

The Chief Minister also said she was keeping a watch. Earlier in the day, the Kolkata police held a meeting and asked all personnel to remain “extremely alert”. The State witnessed violence during the anti-CAA protests in December 2019.

A few protests were organised in the city in connection with the violence in Delhi. A rally was organised at Moulali in Central Kolkata which was stopped by the police before they could reach Esplanade. The crowd under the banner of the “No NRC Movement” comprised independent as well as people associated with political organisations. The majority was from the Progressive Democratic Students’ Front and the Revolutionary Students Front.

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8:05 pm

Lt. Governor Anil Baijal asks people to cooperate with the police, maintain peace

Delhi Lt. Governor Anil Baijal on Tuesday appealed to the people to help the police and security agencies in restoring peace, and maintaining law and order and communal harmony in the city.

He also attended a high-level meeting with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. The meeting resolved to enhance police-MLA coordination, quell rumour-mongering and reactivate peace committees in various localities of the city.

In his address during the first session of the 7th Delhi Assembly, Mr. Baijal appealed to the people people to maintain peace, law and order and communal harmony, and cooperate with security agencies in the wake of violence in parts of northeast Delhi over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).

The Lt. Governor also met injured civilians and policemen at the GTB Hospital in Shahdara and the Max Hospital in Patparganj.

“Met the injured civilians & police personnel at GTB Hospital, Shahdara & Max Hospital, Patparganj. Instructed Medical Directors concerned to provide best possible treatment to the injured. I pray for their speedy recovery. My request to all to maintain public peace and order,” he tweeted after the visit.

Mr. Baijal also extended his condolences to the kin of Delhi police head constable Ratan Lal who died in the violence, and assured that they will be provided all possible help.

“My heart felt tributes to the brave Head Constable late Sh. Ratan Lal who laid his life in the line of duty. His valour and supreme sacrifice will be remembered by all. An irreplaceable loss for the @DelhiPolice. My deepest condolences to the bereaved family.

“I have instructed all concerned to extend all possible assistance to the family,” he tweeted. -PTI

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8:00 pm

Delhi Minorities Commission demands imposition of curfew in violence-hit areas

The Delhi Minorities Commission on Tuesday appealed to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal for the imposition of curfew in violence-affected areas, after 10 people were killed in clashes and arson over the new citizenship law.

In a letter to Mr. Baijal, DMC Chairman Zafarul Islam Khan expressed apprehension over the violence and its escalation after the departure of the visiting U.S. President Donald Trump.

“The situation may worsen tomorrow after President Trump leaves tonight. Please treat this as urgent as any delay will result in more loss of lives and damage,” Mr. Khan said in his letter, demanding the imposition of curfew in the violence-hit areas.

He also requested the Lt. Governor to direct the police to check violence and to take action against those involved in it.

Mr. Khan also issued a notice to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) of Northeast district to send more forces to the affected areas.

The DMC has also asked the DCP Northeast to file his reply and the action taken report on a number of connected issues, and help people wishing to leave the area and escort the injured to reach the nearby hospitals, he said.

The Delhi police on Tuesday said 10 people, including one policeman, have been killed in the violence in northeast Delhi and they are responding to incidents involving anti-social elements. Fifty-six police personnel and 130 civilians were injured so far, they said. -PTI

7:50 pm

Amit Shah writes to wife of slain head constable, calls him brave

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday wrote to the wife of Delhi police head constable Ratan Lal, who was killed in the violence over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act on Monday, conveying his condolences and said the entire country was with the family of the brave policeman in this hour of grief.

In his letter to Lal’s wife Poonam Devi, Mr. Shah said he had made a supreme sacrifice in the line of duty. “Your brave husband was a dedicated policeman who faced tough challenges. As a true soldier, he made the supreme sacrifice to serve this country. I pray that God gives you strength to bear this sad and untimely loss,” the Home Minister wrote.

Mr. Shah said the entire country was with the family in this hour of grief.

The head constable was among the 10 killed in the spiralling violence over the amended citizenship law in northeast Delhi.

Frenzied protesters torched houses, shops, vehicles and a petrol pump, besides hurling stones at security personnel.

Lal hailed from Tehawali village at Fatehpur-Shekhawati Tehsil in Sikar district of Rajasthan. -PTI

7:45 pm

Delhi HC asks CBSE to decide on rescheduling northeast Delhi board exam or shifting centre

Safety of children cannot be put at risk, the Delhi High Court said on Tuesday and asked the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to decide at the earliest on rescheduling Wednesday’s board exam at one of the centres in northeast Delhi where the violence related to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act has claimed 10 lives.

Justice Rajiv Shakdher asked the Board to take the decision on the exam as soon as possible and convey it to all concerned.

The court will hear the matter again on Wednesday morning.

The court was hearing a plea by a private school, Bhai Parmanand Vidya Mandir at Surya Niketan in east Delhi, and some of its class 10 and 12 students, who said the centre allotted to them by the CBSE was 16 km away from their school and was situated in Chandu Nagar-Karawal Nagar road, one of the violence-hit areas.

They said it was hard for them to reach the Centre due to the clashes in the area.

They urged the court to direct the CBSE to change the examination centre from New Sandhya Public School to a centre located in east Delhi district with proper infrastructure and security.

Class 10 students are to appear for their English exam on Wednesday, while class 12 students have a Web Application and a Media paper.

The court said it was of a prima facie opinion that the exam cannot be held at the Chandu Nagar centre in view of the inputs given by the senior police officials.

The Registrar General of the High Court informed the judge that as per the inputs of the police officials of the concerned area, the situation is tense.

The court said it was looking at the issue from the aspect of the children’s safety which cannot be put at risk.

The school, in the petition, said around 550 students in class 10 and 12 are registered with it for taking the examination.

The plea, filed through advocate Kamal Gupta, said the “violent clashes and riots have posed a serious threat and danger to the life of the students and their parents, in as much as they have no option but to reach the centre come what may be the situation of the area around the centre; reaching the centre not only involves mental agony, trauma and stress for the students and their parents, but also poses grave and palpable threat to the life and limb“.

The plea said when the school had come to know about the centre allotted to it, they had written to the CBSE, pointing out that the examination centre is 16 km away from the school and the time taken to reach there is more than 40 minutes. -PTI

7:35 pm

Fresh wave of violence in Chandbagh

Rioters set afire to shops and pelted stones in a fresh wave of violence on Tuesday evening in Chandbagh area of northeast Delhi. The police used tear gas to disperse the crowds, but to no avail.

Paramilitary forces have also been deployed to bring the situation under control.

Rioters also set a bakery and several fruits carts on fire.

At least 10 people have been killed in the violence reported in northeast Delhi, police said. -PTI

7:30 pm

Leaders making hate speeches must be held accountable: Amnesty on Delhi violence

The Amnesty India on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to unequivocally condemn the recent hate speeches made by leaders and demanded that they must be held accountable, as 10 people were killed in violence in northeast Delhi over the citizenship law.

Amnesty International India executive director Avinash Kumar demanded a prompt, independent and impartial investigation into such speeches that allegedly led to the ongoing and the past violence, adding that the “prolonged impunity” must end.

The comments by the human rights organisation come as tension smouldered in northeast Delhi on Tuesday, with mobs roaming unchecked through the streets, pelting stones, vandalising shops and threatening locals.

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Kapil Mishra had led a gathering in support of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act at Jafarabad on Sunday, following which violence erupted between protesters and supporters of the contentious law.

“Political leaders in India who are fuelling hatred and creating a violent environment by making hate speeches must be immediately held accountable,” the Amnesty said in a statement. -PTI

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7:20 p.m.

Act in nation's interest, not in the interest of a few: Siddaramaiah to Amit Shah

Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday expressed concern over the law and order situation in New Delhi and asked Union Home Minister Amit Shah to “act in the nation’s interest and not in the interest of a few people.”

In a series of tweets, the Congress leader slammed the police for its “inaction” and appealed to the people to maintain calm.

Ten people have been killed and around 150, including 48 police personnel, injured in violence over the CAA which has morphed into communal clashes in parts of north east Delhi since Monday.

”...HMOIndia @AmitShah should issue strict orders to police to act in Nation’s interest & not in the interest of few people,” Mr. Siddaramaiah tweeted.

He reminded Mr. Shah of Mahatma Gandhi’s famous saying that an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. Peace and harmony should be the motto, he added. He cautioned people against “divisive forces.”

“Distressing scenes in Delhi!! Delhi Burning as a result of ulterior motives of divisive forces within our Country. Police have completely failed in their responsibility. People have to remain calm & promote peace in the area for their own benefit,” Mr. Siddaramaiah said.

The Former Chief Minister demanded that BJP leader Kapil Mishra be arrested for allegedly inciting violence in northeast Delhi.

“Triggering point of the Delhi violence seems to be the inciting speech of BJP4India leader Kapil Mishra.. This actually qualifies for a sedition case as it was aimed at disturbing National peace & security. Police have to arrest him & bring normalcy in Delhi,” Mr. Siddaramaiah said. -PTI

6:45 pm

Owaisi condemns Delhi violence, says it is complete failure of BJP-led Centre

AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday said there was complete failure on the part of the BJP-led government in handling the situation in violence-hit Delhi.

The Hyderabad MP also hit back at Minister of State for Home Kishan Reddy, who had accused him of trying to "instigate" violence, saying he should first go to Delhi and take steps to end the violence there.

In a tweet later, Mr. Owaisi alleged that police were colluding with mobs and said the Army should take over the violence-hit areas.

“He [Reddy] should first tell why the violence happened. Violence happened under his nose. Why you are in Hyderabad... go to Delhi and control.

“How long will you eat sweets in my name. You have been made MoS Home. Go to Delhi and control the situation. There is complete failure on part of the BJP government and they are responsible for this,” he told mediapersons here.

Earlier in the day, Mr. Reddy alleged Mr. Owaisi was “irresponsibly” making remarks like violence would spread in the country if the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) was not withdrawn.

“Owaisi has been trying to instigate violence by making such provocative speeches for the past many days. The Centre is firm and the CAA will not be withdrawn even if hundreds of Owaisis oppose it,” the Minister said.

Without naming Kapil Mishra, Mr. Owaisi said the violence was a result of “incitement by a former MLA and BJP leader” and it cannot be termed as communal riot.

“Whatever violence happened in Delhi yesterday and is happening today also it is State-sponsored violence. I believe that this whole thing cannot be called a communal riot. It started because of an ex-MLA of BJP stood shoulder to shoulder with a DCP and openly gave an ultimatum,” he said during his interaction with mediapersons.

“I am of the opinion and I firmly believe that the ex- MLA had tacit approval of his party. That is why he said that and that is the point this violence started. It has been done with planning. There are media reports that stones were brought kept at certain places,” Mr. Owaisi said, without naming Mr. Mishra. - PTI

6.40 pm

 

Death toll due to violence rises to 10: Delhi police

The Delhi police on Tuesday said 10 people, including one policeman, have been killed in the violence in northeast Delhi and they are responding to incidents involving anti-social elements. Mandeep Randhawa, Delhi Police spokesperson said the situation in northeast Delhi is under control, even as several parts of the national capital continued to reel under violence.

Mr. Randhawa said 11 FIRs have been registered in connection with the violence.

“We are responding to incidents involving anti-social elements. Sufficient force has been deployed in northeast Delhi. The RAF and CRPF has also been deployed,” he said.

Senior police officers are also monitoring the situation closely, he added. - PTI

6:30 pm

CPI(M) leader writes to Shah, blaming BJP’s Kapil Mishra for Delhi violence

CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat has written to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, blaming BJP’s Kapil Mishra for the violence in northeast Delhi and his open call to forcibly remove protesters from various sites.

The death toll in the violence over the amended citizenship law rose to nine on Tuesday, the GTB Hospital authorities said.

“The tragic death of a police constable and the deaths of six citizens in the shocking incidents of violence in the capital are of deep concern. We strongly condemn those responsible for the death of the police constable and for the violence in Delhi. The Delhi police and related agencies are under the control of your Ministry and therefore, we are addressing this letter to you,” Ms. Karat wrote to Mr. Shah and sought an appointment with the Home Minister.

She also said the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), led mainly by women, have been peaceful for the last two months, while adding that there were no instances of violence in Delhi “except those incidents of firing at the protesters by men who were incited to violence by a Minister in the Central government". - PTI

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6:20 pm

Do not fail this country, rise above partisan politics to restore peace: Congress to PM Modi and Kejriwal

Condemning the violence in Delhi, the Congress on Tuesday demanded that the Prime Minister, the Home Minister and the Chief Minister of Delhi come forward to ensure peace and maintain brotherhood while rising above partisan politics.

“This is Gandhi's, Nehru's, Patel’s India, can any Indian accept this mindless violence? Congress appeals to the people of Delhi to maintain communal harmony and thwart all attempts of the forces dividing the country on the basis of religion,” Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told reporters.

Unabated violence and incidents of stone-pelting and murder in the national capital have shattered the nation, he said, while referring to the riots in northeast Delhi over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act that continued for the third day, and demanded stern action against the culprits.

“Our appeal to the Prime Minister, the Home Minister and the Delhi Chief Minister is, can you rise to the occasion, leave aside your political partisanship and views, and become really not leaders of your parties but leaders of the society so that harmony, peace and non-violence prevail,” he said.

The Congress party will stand with the Centre and the Delhi government in every way to maintain brotherhood and harmony in the society, he said.

“Do not fail this country because you belong to different political parties,” Mr. Surjewala said, adding that this was a sincere appeal “on behalf of people of Delhi and the country” to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

“There is no place for violence in Gandhiji’s India... Today there is a need to establish peace on the ground and maintain brotherhood,” he said.

Mr. Surjewala said the party also prays for the speedy recovery of DCP Amit Sharma and the hundreds of other people who have been injured in the violence.

“We also condemn the firing at three journalists Arvind Gunasekar, Saurabh Shukla and Akash and pray for their good health,” he said.

“We strongly condemn these brutal riots and demand that the culprits be identified and stern action taken against the real culprits and miscreants. The Congress mourns the death of head constable Ratan Lal and others in the violence,” Mr. Surjewala said. - PTI

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6:15 pm

Death toll due to violence climbs to nine

The death toll rose to nine on Tuesday in the violence over the amended citizenship law that has rocked northeast Delhi, GTB Hospital authorities said.

Four people were declared brought dead by doctors at the hospital on Tuesday, they said.

Thirty-five injured people were also brought to the hospital, the authorities added.

“Close to 50% of those injured sustained bullet injuries,” a doctor at the hospital said.

On Monday, the violence claimed the lives of five people, including Delhi Police head constable Ratan Lal. - PTI

6:00 pm

Delhi HC to hear on Wednesday plea for FIR, arrest of persons involved in Delhi violence

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday said it would hear on Wednesday a plea seeking the registration of FIRs and arrest of persons involved in the ongoing violence in northeast Delhi over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).

The plea was mentioned before a Bench of Justices G.S. Sistani and A.J. Bhambhani for urgent hearing on Tuesday. However, the court said that it would be heard on Wednesday.

The petition filed by human rights activist Harsh Mander and activist Farah Naqvi sought setting up of an Special Investigation Team (SIT) to inquire into the incident and compensation for those killed and injured in the violence.

Advocate Sneha Mukherjee, while mentioning the plea, said they are also seeking action against certain individuals who were inciting people and making hate speeches due to which violence has erupted in various areas of northeast Delhi.

It has also sought directions to the Centre for the deployment of the Army to maintain law and order in the national capital and the areas where the “communal attack on people are most ferocious". - PTI

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5:40 pm

Hindus, Muslims, policemen — none have escaped unhurt: Kejriwal

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, who met the injured at two hospitals, took to Twitter to say, "...this madness must end."

 

His deputy Manish Sisodia and Health Minister Satyendar Jain meet those injured in the violence over the amended citizenship law in northeast Delhi.

 

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and deputy CM Manish Sisodia meeting the injured at the GTB hospital | Picture Credit: Twitter

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and deputy CM Manish Sisodia meeting the injured at the GTB hospital | Picture Credit: Twitter  

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5:05 pm

Rioters set fire to shops

Rioters set fire to a shop identified as belonging to a member of the Muslim community.

Efforts to douse the fire at a shop identified as belonging to a member of the Muslim community.

Efforts to douse the fire at a shop identified as belonging to a member of the Muslim community.   | Photo Credit: Saurabh Trivedi

 

Earlier, the Delhi Fire Services said they will attend calls in Gokalpuri and Brahampuri area only after police give assurances them of safety and security. Total 18 calls of fire were received till 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

4:45 pm

Last respects paid to head constable Rattan Lal

Last respects were paid to head constable Rattan Lal on Tuesday. Lal, 42, succumbed to head injuries after being hit by a stone in Gokulpuri.

Last respects being paid to Head Constable Ratan Lal on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

Last respects being paid to Head Constable Ratan Lal on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.   | Photo Credit: Sidharth Ravi

He had been trying to control the situation along with his contingent, when he was hit. He was a native of Sikar in Rajasthan and was posted in the office of ACP (Gokalpuri).

4:00 pm

Journalists face a hard time reporting

Several journalists took to Twitter to describe the dangers they faced while reporting on the violence from the affected areas. While some of them were attacked, a few others were warned and forced to delete photos and videos from their mobile phones. Our correspondent Hemani Bhandari, who was reporting from Khajuri Khas junction, had a helmet thrown at her yesterday.

 

2:30 pm

Gambhir hits out at fellow party leader Kapil Mishra

Condemning the violence, East Delhi BJP MP Gautam Gambhir told reporters, "Whoever, no matter which party he belongs to, whether he is Kapil Mishra or anyone else, who gave speeches to provoke people, action should be taken against them."

Mishra is Gambhir's fellow party leader who led a pro-CAA gathering in Jafrabad on Sunday, after which violence erupted.

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2:00 pm

Death toll rises to 8

The deceased have been identified as Head Constable Rattan Lal, Shahid Khan, Mohammed Furqaan, Nazim, Rahul Solanki, Vinod. The other two are unidentified as of now. All are residents of northeast Delhi.

Hemani Bhandari reports

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1:15 pm

'All possible steps to restore peace'

"Rising above party politics, it was decided to take all possible steps to restore peace," said Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal after attending the meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on the security situation in the national capital.

Terming it as a constructive discussion, Mr. Kejriwal said that the Home Minister has assured to provide adequate police for law and order maintenance. One policeman was killed in the violence while 26 others were admitted to two hospitals, he added.

Devesh Pandey reports

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1:00 pm

Violence continues

Incidents of stone pelting in Maujpur, Brahampuri and other adjoining areas were again reported on Tuesday. Police has deployed Rapid Action Force in areas that were severely hit due to riots.

According to Delhi Fire Services, three firemen were injured on Monday while attending to 45 calls from the violence-hit areas in northeast Delhi. While attending to the calls, a fire tender was pelted with stones and another was torched by protesters.

Saurabh Trivedi reports

12:15 am

Kejriwal, L-G Anil Baijal reach North Block to meet Amit Shah

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal reach North Block for a meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah on the security situation in Delhi.

Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, Intelligence Bureau chief Arvind Kumar and Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik are also present, along with BJP's Manoj Tiwari, Subhash Chopra of Congress and several officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Devesh Pandey reports

11.30 am

Kejriwal appeals for calm, points out lack of adequate police deployment

I appeal to everyone to maintain peace and remain calm once again, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said during a press meet.

Mr. Kejriwal chaired an all-party MLAs meet to discuss the situation in northeast Delhi.

"Everyone who has been affected or the seven people who died were also from among us, were one of us. Today some people are being affected tomorrow others will be. Please shun violence," he said.

A complaint that many MLAs have had is about lack of adequate police deployment, I will be meeting Home Minister Amit Shah about the same at 12 noon, he added.

11.20 am

SC to hear plea by ex-CIC Wajahat Habibullah seeking lodging of FIR

The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear an application filed by former Chief information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah and others seeking lodging of FIRs with regard to the recent violence in Delhi over the amended citizenship law.

The application was mentioned for urgent listing before a Bench of Justices S.K. Kaul and K. M. Joseph.

The Bench agreed to hear the matter on Wednesday.

In the application, Habibullah, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad and social activist Bahadur Abbas Naqvi have also sought direction to authorities to ensure safety of women sitting on protest against the CAA at Shaheen Bagh and other places in the national capital.

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10.40 am

Amit Shah to meet Anil Baijal, Arvind Kejriwal

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has called an urgent meeting with Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and representatives of different political parties to discuss the prevailing situation in the National Capital. The meeting is scheduled to be held at 12 noon.

10.30 am

Death toll climbs to seven

The death toll in the northeast Delhi violence climbed to seven, a senior police official has said.

10.00 am

Kejriwal to meet all-party MLAs

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said he is “very worried” about the prevailing situation in certain parts of Delhi and called an urgent meeting of all party MLAs of the violence-hit areas.

In a tweet, the chief minister also urged everyone to shun violence.

“Am v worried abt prevailing situation in certain parts of Del. All of us together shud make all efforts to restore peace in our city. I again urge everyone to shun violence (sic),” he tweeted.

“Am meeting all MLAs (of all parties) of affected areas along wid senior officials in a while,” Kejriwal added.

Sources said the meeting will take place at the chief minister’s residence at 10.30 am.

9.30 am

Five stations on Delhi Metro’s Pink Line remain shut

Pink Line Metro at Maujpur-Babarpur Station, in New Delhi. File photo

Pink Line Metro at Maujpur-Babarpur Station, in New Delhi. File photo   | Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena

 

Five stations on the Delhi Metro’s Pink Line remained closed for the second consecutive day on Tuesday in the wake of the violence in northeast Delhi areas.

“Jaffrabad, Maujpur-Babarpur, Gokulpuri, Johri Enclave and Shiv Vihar remain closed. Trains are being terminated at the Welcome Metro Station,” the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) tweeted.

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