Delhi Police says shortage of forces lead to spread of violence, deploys 1,000 personnel in riot-hit areas as toll climbs to nine

  • The Delhi Police told the MHA that it did not have adequate forces to control the North East Delhi violence immediately, which led to the situation getting aggravated, a senior official said

  • The non-availability of adequate forces was conveyed by Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik during his meeting with the top brass of the MHA

  • It also conveyed to the MHA that it was deploying a battalion (around 1,000 personnel) of its armed police in the violence-hit areas, the official added

New Delhi: The Delhi Police told the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Tuesday that it did not have adequate forces to immediately control the violence that hit parts of Delhi claiming nine lives, including that of a policeman, officials said.

 Delhi Police says shortage of forces lead to spread of violence, deploys 1,000 personnel in riot-hit areas as toll climbs to nine

Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik. PTI

The non-availability of adequate forces was conveyed by Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik during his meeting with the top brass of the MHA.

The Delhi Police told the MHA that it did not have adequate forces to control the North East Delhi violence immediately, which led to the situation getting aggravated, a senior official said.

It also conveyed to the MHA that it was deploying a battalion (around 1,000 personnel) of its armed police in the violence-hit areas, he added.

Another official said the police was provided with a total of 35 companies of paramilitary forces, of which 20 companies were given to it in the last three days to enhance the security of the national capital during US President Donald Trump's visit.

A head constable was among the nine persons killed and at least 50 people, including paramilitary and Delhi Police personnel, were injured as violence spiralled over the amended citizenship law in North East Delhi on Monday.

Frenzied protesters torched houses, shops, vehicles and a petrol pump, besides hurling stones at security personnel.

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Updated Date: Feb 25, 2020 17:12:45 IST