20 people have reportedly been killed in the violence which spiralled over the newly amended Citizenship law and National Register of Citizens in Delhi since Sunday. Incidents of stone-pelting, arson and destruction of public and private property were reported from several areas of Northeast Delhi mainly from Maujpur, Brahmpuri, Gokalpuri, Jaffarabad, Khajuri Khas among others. Over 200 people have been injured in the clashes.
Confirming the casualties, Dr Sunil Kumar Gautam, the Medical Superintendent of Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital said, “Out of all the people that were brought to the hospital 189 are injured and 20 are dead.”
Heavy deployment of security forces in the riot-hit areas is being seen. Late last night, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval went to the areas affected areas and met leaders of different communities. Doval visited Seelampur, Jaffrabad, Maujpur and also met police officials. Several media reports claim that he has entrusted with the responsibility to bring things under control. He is supposed to meet Prime Minister Modi and appraise him of the situation.
Sources close to the government claim that the Cabinet Committee on Security is supposed to meet today. Cabinet committee is the top decision making body on matters related to country’s security.
An anti-CAA protest site in Jaffrabad was also cleared by the police late last night. Section 144 has been imposed in the area till March 24.
On Tuesday, Home Minister Amit Shah had held three meetings regarding the violence. Amit Shah had met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, other opposition leaders and top officials to take stock of situation and bring things under control.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had aslo called an urgent meeting of all party MLAs of the violence-hit areas. He then had a meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.
Lok Sabha MP and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday had called for severe action against his party leader, Kapil Mishra, for making provocative statements during a pro-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) rally in Delhi’s Maujpur area.
On Sunday, BJP leader Kapil Mishra had organised a rally in support of CAA near Maujpur-Babarpur metro station in the northeast district. Later he also addressed the people who gathered in support of CAA, “threating action” against anti-CAA protesters if the Jaffrabad road was not opened. He, however, left the place after addressing the gathering. Later the crowd allegedly attacked the anti-CAA protesters, resulting in stones pelting from both ends.
Gokulpuri tyre market on late Monday night was set on fire. Gokalpuri’s tyre market is located just behind the Gokalpuri metro station. The market sees a dominant presence of shops owned by Muslims. Areas peripheral to Gokalpuri also witnessed a spate of violence, particularly Chandbagh, Jaffarabad, Khajuri Khas and Bhajanpura.