Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said that the Delhi Police is unable to control the on-going violence in northeastern part of Delhi where clashes between pro and anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) law protesters left 20 people and 189 injured.
The Delhi CM met Home Minister Amit Shah yesterday over the clashes and said that “police could not do anything” to prevent trouble. Kejriwal today proposed that “Army should be called in” and “curfew imposed in rest of affected areas immediately”.
“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,” Mr Kejriwal tweeted this morning.
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
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 26, 2020
Last night hundreds of students, mainly students from JNU, members of the Alumni Association of Jamia Millia Islamia (AAJMI) and Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC) gathered outside Kejriwal’s residen demanding action against perpetrators of the violence in Delhi. The Delhi police used water cannons to disperse the crowd at around 3.30 am.
The Delhi Police struggled to check the rioters who rampaged through parts of northeast Delhi on Tuesday looting, burning buildings and vehicle, and thrashing people.
The Delhi Police which comes under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Home Affairs has heavily been criticised by the Supreme Court.
A bench comprising Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph reprimanded Delhi Police for the clashes in north east Delhi. SC Judge K M Joseph says there was lack of professionalism on part of police.
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.
“If it doesn’t happen then don’t come to us to make us understand. We will not listen to you. We will be peaceful till US President Donald Trump is here. After that, we won’t listen to even you if the roads are not cleared,” Mishra said.
Mishra had asked people on Twitter to gather at Maujpur at 3 pm on Sunday “to give an answer to Jaffrabad”.
Right after Mishra’s tweet, several people were injured in clashes in Maujpur. Protesters torched at houses, a police bus and a fire engine in Jaffrabad and Maujpur.