Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal instructed Delhi Police and Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik to maintain law and order after clashes broke out between pro and anti-CAA groups.
Clashes turned violent in the Bhajanpura and Maujpur neighbourhoods of northeast Delhi this morning, for the second consecutive day, as two groups threw stones at each other and shops were set ablaze.
Instructed @DelhiPolice and @CPDelhi to ensure that law and order is maintained in North East Delhi. The situation is being closely monitored. I urge everyone to exercise restraint for maintenance of peace and harmony.
— LG Delhi (@LtGovDelhi) February 24, 2020
Protesters torched at least two houses, a police bus and a fire tender in Jaffrabad and Maujpur areas, where clashes occurred for the second consecutive day.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal also urged governor and Union home minister to restore law and order.
Very distressing news regarding disturbance of peace and harmony in parts of Delhi coming in.
I sincerely urge Hon’ble LG n Hon’ble Union Home Minister to restore law and order n ensure that peace and harmony is maintained. Nobody should be allowed to orchestrate flagrations.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 24, 2020
Police fired tear gas and lathi-charged to disperse off the crowd.
“We have spoken to both sides, now the situation is calm. We are continuously speaking to people, now the situation is under control,” said Ved Prakash Surya DCP (North-East).
The Delhi Metro also closed entry and exit at Jaffrabad, Maujpur-Babarpur, Gokulpuri, Johri Enclave, and Shiv Vihar stations as protests escalated in the area.
Delhi: Entry & exit gates of Jaffrabad, Maujpur-Babarpur, Gokulpuri, Johri Enclave, and Shiv Vihar metro stations are closed following violence in the North-East district. Trains will terminate at the Welcome metro station. pic.twitter.com/9Fpvjthze7
— ANI (@ANI) February 24, 2020