The Delhi Police have arrested eight people and registered two FIRs in connection with the violence that broke out in Seelampur-Jafrabad, Delhi Police said. Those protesting against the Citizenship Act threw stones at cops and set fire to vehicles, including a school bus on December 17 (yesterday). A police picket was also burnt.
The police then lathi-charged and teargassed the protesters. Over 20 were injured, including 12 police personnel in the clashes.
Section 144, which prohibits assembly of five or more people, has been imposed in North-East Delhi.
— ANI (@ANI) December 17, 2019
Nearly 20 vehicles and other public properties were reportedly vandalised. Delhi police PRO, MS Randhawa said that the police are checking CCTV footage and drone visuals to identify the troublemakers. He quelled the rumours that a police station was set ablaze by the protesters, while adding that one police booth was damaged.
The police sources today said that the “situation is under control”. No violence was reported today.
“We are identifying people through the video footage we have. Strict Action will be taken against those found guilty,” Delhi Police Joint Commissioner, Alok Kumar said.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has reopened the entry and exit gates of the metro stations, which were closed yesterday. The five stations, Welcome, Jafrabad, Maujpur-Babarpir, Seelampur and Gokulpuri were shut down as a precautionary measure.
Entry & exit gates at all stations have been opened.
Normal services have resumed in all stations.
— Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (@OfficialDMRC) December 18, 2019
The incident comes two days after Jamia Millia University students clashed with police over the Citizenship Act. The police said in its FIR that they entered the campus to protect the students and identify agitators, ANI reported.
The Supreme Court today refused to stay the implementation of the Citizenship Act. The apex court will be hearing the pleas challenging the Act in January.