The death toll has increased to 43 and over 200 have been injured after four straight days of clashes between pro and anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act groups in areas of northeast Delhi. Over 82 people have sustained gunshots wound during the clashes.
From Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital 38 have been reported dead, three from From GTB Hospital 38 have been reported dead, three from Lok Nayak Jay Prakash hospital and one from Jag Pravesh Chandra hospital.
Two special investigation teams (SIT) of the Crime Branch have been formed to investigate the cases of arson and violence since Sunday. Till now, 48 FIRs have been filed and more than 500 people have been detained or arrested even as 7,000 paramilitary personnel have been deployed to maintain calm, reports the Indian Express.
Section 144, which prohibits public gathering, has been relaxed in the affected areas for 10 hours. Additional PRO of the Delhi Police, Anil Mittal, said, “Across the northeast district, there is relaxation in the imposition of Section 144 in northeast Delhi from 12 pm to 4 pm. A similar relaxation was given from 4 am to 10 am today.”
To-be Delhi police chief SN Srivastava also surveyed many violence-hit areas today before the commencement of the Friday prayers. He will succeed Amulya Patnaik who retires on Saturday.
The Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Anil Baijal, will also be visiting the violence-hit areas today.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced compensation for the loss suffered by people during the violent clashes.
Clashes in northeast Delhi erupted on as BJP leader Kapil Mishra 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.
The clashes then escalated to other parts of northeast Delhi, such as, Gokulpuri, Karawal Nagar, Chand Bagh, Khajoori Khas and Dayalpur.