Delhi Violence Over CAA Protest Updates: FIR filed against Tahir Hussain, AAP councillor booked for murder, arson and violence

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Delhi Violence Over CAA Protest Updates: FIR filed against Tahir Hussain, AAP councillor booked for murder, arson and violence
  • 20:30 (IST)

    Tahir Hussain booked for murder, News18 reports

    An FIR has been registered against AAP councillor Tahir Hussain under Section of 302 (murder) at the Dayalpur police station, News18 reported.

  • 19:18 (IST)

    Anil Baijal holds review meeting on law and order

    Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Thursday held a review meeting with Delhi Police officials, and officials of the health department, fire service and other agencies.

    "Adequate staff including 3 Spl. CsP, 6 Jt. CsP, 1 Addl. CP, 22 DCsP, 20 ACsP, 60 Inspectors, 1200 staff and 200 women staff along with 60 COYs of CAPF and reserve forces have been deployed on round the clock basis in affected areas in shifts," he was quoted as saying by News18.

    Held review meeting regarding law and order situation in East/North East Delhi with Addl. CS (Home), @DelhiPolice, Commissioner, EDMC, Pr. Secy (Health), Director, Delhi Fire Service & other agencies concerned.

  • 19:12 (IST)

    Tahir Hussan's factory sealed

    Delhi Police on Thursday sealed a factory belonging to AAP councillor Tahir Hussain in northeast Delhi's Khajuri Khas area. Hussain is being investigated for alleged involvement in the killing of IB staffer Ankit Jain.

  • 18:48 (IST)

    All FIRs transferred to Crime Branch SITs

    The FIRs in relation to the spate of violence that gripped northeast Delhi this week have been transferred to two special investigation teams (SIT) constituted under the Crime Branch division of the Delhi Police. On Thursday, the security force said that 48 FIRs have been filed so far.

    "Two SITs of Crime Branch have been formed under DCP Joy Tirkey and DCP Rajesh Deo. The teams to immediately take over the investigation of the cases connected with North East Delhi violence. BK Singh, Additional CP Crime Branch to supervise the work of the 2 teams," ANI reported.

  • 18:33 (IST)

    Delhi Police says situation is normal, 48 FIRs filed

    Delhi Police PRO MS Randhawa on Thursday said that the situation in the violence-hit northeast Delhi area was normal and that "adequate" security forces had been deployed in the affected areas.

    "Situation is normal. No incident took place today. Adequate forces have been deployed. 48 FIRs have been registered so far, more FIRs are being registered as we are getting more information. 350 Aman (peace) committee meetings have been held so far. We will address all the individual cases. Investigation is going on. We have multiple footages. As the investigation progresses in all the cases, we will share the details. We are investigating from all angles," he said.

  • 18:19 (IST)

    Bengaluru Police takes note of inciting video by local

    The Bengaluru Police has taken note of a video tweeted by a man from the city in which he calls for "Hindus to do the same in the Karnataka capital as has happened in Delhi". In the video, he refers to the spate of violence that gripped northeast Delhi which led to the deaths of 37 people so far and says in Kannada, "You've seen Hindus remain calm and patient but now you will see their anger. Muslims in this country think they can dictate terms..."

    The official Bengaluru Traffic Police account tagged the official Bengaluru Police account on the video.

  • 17:56 (IST)

    Anti-CAA protests has been violent from beginning: Kapil Mishra

    BJP leader Kapil Mishra, whose 'ultimatum' comment on 23 February is being criticised as being a catalyst for the spate of violence that erupted in the northeast area of Delhi this week, said that the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) have been "violent from the beginning". "Delhi has been on fire since 165 December," he said.​

    "No question is being asked to people who are talking about dividing country or those on whose terrace petrol bombs were found. But someone who only requested for road to be cleared as it was causing inconvenience to 35 lakh people is being called a terrorist," he added.

    "There was nothing inciting in my statement. I was talking to a police officer that the road be cleared. If you call those blocking the road as 'agitators' and those asking to clear it as 'terrorists', it shows your bias. I don't want to comment on a sub-judice matter," he said.

  • 17:27 (IST)

    NCP demands Amit Shah's resignation

     

    Alleging that "Gujarat model" has been replicated in Delhi which has witnessed large-scale communal violence over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Thursday called for Home Minister Amit Shah's resignation. The responsibility of maintaining law and order in Delhi is with the Union home ministry.

    Maharashtra minister and NCP national spokesperson Nawab Malik also demanded a probe into whether the home minister could not handle the situation in Delhi or he had allegedly given instructions to the police to not respond quickly to the situation. Opposition parties have accused the police of being a silent spectator to the riots in the National Capital.

  • 17:23 (IST)

    Toll rises to 37 in Delhi violence

    The toll in the spate of violence that erupted in northeast Delhi this week has risen to 37 on Thursday evening, according to reports.

    Meanwhile, residents of violence-affected Chand Bagh have reportedly demanded more police deployment in their area, as they complained that there was a delay in police action, News18 reported. 

  • 17:07 (IST)

    SN Shrivastava visits riot-hit Khajuri Khas

    Security forces held a flag march in the violence-affected Khajuri Khas area of northeast Delhi on Thursday. Newly appointed Special Commissioner SN Shrivastava also visited the area on Thursday and said, "I've come here to assure people that we're with them and for their welfare. People here have responded positively and assured that they'll work together through Aman Committees to bring back the feeling of brotherhood."

  • 16:58 (IST)

    Delhi govt to provide food to people in areas under curfew

    Announcing a slew of measures the Delhi government has planned for those affected by the spate of violence in northeast Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also said that the government, with the help of NGOs, is supplying food to areas under curfew. "We are also starting helpline numbers to get in touch," he said.

  • 16:54 (IST)

    Kejriwal says kin of deceased will get Rs 10 lakh compensation

    The Delhi government will pay the families of those who died in the spate of violence that gripped northeast Delhi this week a compensation of Rs 10 lakh, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said in a press briefing on Thursday. He also announced an ex-gratia sum of Rs 1 lakh.

    Additionally, for the deaths of minors and for those with permanent incapacitation, the state government will pay Rs 5 lakh, while orphans will get Rs 3 lakh, Kejriwal said. He also listed the amounts alloted for the loss of property and vehicles.​

    Free books and uniforms will be given to students across the northeast district.

  • 16:43 (IST)

    Double punishment if rioters are from AAP: Arvind Kejriwal

    When questioned about Tahir Hussain, the AAP councillor who allegedly took part in rioting, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that if the allegations are true, strict action should be taken against him. "If any rioter is found to be of the AAP, give them double the punishment."

    "Any person who is found guilty should be given stringent punishment. If any Aam Aadmi Party person is found guilty then that person should be given double the punishment. There should be no politics on the issue of national security," he said.

  • 16:32 (IST)

    Delhi govt to pay private hospital bills of injured

    Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, addressing a press conference regarding the steps being taken by the state government in the wake of the spate of violence that gripped northeast Delhi this week, said that the bills of those injured who have been admitted to private hospitals will be paid by the Delhi government under the 'Farishtey scheme'.

    "The scheme will also be extended to 'riot-affected' and 'crime-affected' people," he said.

  • 16:22 (IST)

    School in Mustafabad burnt down

    NDTV reported that a school, including the school buses, the libaries, smart classes, and the canteen were burnt down by rioters. "Class was dismissed at 12 pm, rioters came at 4 pm," the report said.

  • 16:08 (IST)

    Police was apathetic, says SAD MP in letter to Amit Shah 

    Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MP Naresh Gujral wrote a letter to Home Minister Amit Shah accusing the Delhi Police of inaction and apathy when he called for assistance for acquaintances during the violence that broke out in northeast Delhi this week. The letter was also addressed to the Commissioner of Police Amulya Patnaik.


    "Last night, at around 11.30 pm, I received a desperate call from an acquaintance that he and 15 other Muslims were trapped in a house near Gonda Chowk in Maufpur, and that the mob outside was trying to break Into the premises," he said in the letter, adding that he called the police helpline and "explained the urgency of the situation".

    "However, much to my disappointment, no action was taken on my complaint and those 16 individuals received no assistance what so ever from the Delhi Police. If this is the situation when a Member of Parliament makes a complaint personally, it is not surprising that certain parts of Delhi continue to burn while the police stands by apathetically," he concluded.

  • 15:54 (IST)

    CBSE says no change in exam schedule from 2 March

    The CBSE board on Thursday said that there will be no change in the exam schedule for classes 10 and 12 across Delhi starting from 2 March onwards. This announcement came after two sets of exams were rescheduled in light of the spate of violence across northeast Delhi over the last week.

    At least 35 people have died in the violence that erupted over Citizenship Amendment Act protests.

  • 15:32 (IST)

    Pink Floyd's Roger Waters recites poem by activist Aamir Aziz

    "Everything will be remembered, Everything recorded", Pink Floyd co-founder and musician Roger Waters said recently as he read out Delhi student Aamir Aziz's poem at a protest in London and described the Citizenship Amendment Act as "fascist" and "racist". 

    The 76-year-old singer-lyricist was participating in a protest last week to demand the release of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who has been in jail in the UK since April 2019.

    A video from the protest showing Waters reciting the English version of Aziz's popular poem "Sab Yaad Rakha Jayega" has been circulating widely on Twitter and other social media platforms.

  • 15:27 (IST)

    Ashok Gehlot questions Centre over Justice S Muralidhar's transfer

    Questioning the transfer of Delhi High Court judge S Muralidhar, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot asked the central government what message it was trying to convey. 

    The notification of Justice Muralidhar's transfer to the Punjab and Haryana High Court came late Wednesday evening, on a day when a bench headed by him expressed "anguish" over Delhi Police's failure to register FIRs against alleged hate speeches by BJP leaders Parvesh Verma, Kapil Mishra and Anurag Thakur.

  • 15:23 (IST)

    BJP hits back at AAP, Congress, blames them for 'politicising issue' 

    Union minister Prakash Javadekar hit back at Opposition parties Aam Aadmi Party and Congress over Delhi violence. In a media briefing, the Union minister said that AAP MLAs should have worked for peace, but instead Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal identified riot victims by religion in Assembly. 

    "Congress yesterday demanded Home Minister's resignation and today met the President, they are trying to politicise the issue. Why is it that Congress decides to maintain selective silence over such issues? They also instigated the crowds with slogans like 'Iss paar ya uss paar' but no one talks about that. Situation is under control, it is the duty of all political parties to ensure peace," Javadekar said. 

    These comments come after a delegation of Congress leaders met President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday to seek normalcy in violence-hit Delhi, demanding Amit Shah's resignation. 

  • 15:12 (IST)

    Govt should ensure peace is restored: RSS on Delhi violence

    The government should ensure that peace is restored in Delhi, RSS general secretary Suresh 'Bhaiyyaji' Joshi said on Thursday. Talking to reporters in Nagpur, Joshi also said nobody has the right to take the law into their hands. "The government should instil peace in areas where there is 'ashanti' (unrest)," the RSS  functionary said.

  • 15:05 (IST)

    Delhi HC grants Centre 4 weeks time to file reply

    The Delhi High Court, hearing a petition on alleged hate speech, gave the Centre four weeks' time to file its reply. The High Court also allowed the Ministry of Home Affairs to be impleaded as a party in the case. The court adjourned the hearing for four weeks. The matter is set to be heard on 13 April. 

    "10 to 12 people are dying everyday. A closer date would be appreciated," said counsel for the petitioner Colin Gonsalves in his concluding arguments.

  • 14:57 (IST)

    Delhi Police arrests 106 people on basis of CCTV footage

    According to Delhi Police, all the 106 arrested people are locals and that more arrests will be made on the basis of CCTV footage recovered. The police also told the Delhi High Court that they have got visuals of outsiders and they are being identified and have filed 48 FIRs in the northeast Delhi violence. 

  • 14:54 (IST)

    'Go and Kill' favourite slogan of particular party, says advocate C Gonsalves

    Advocate Colin Gonsalves told the Delhi High court on Thursday that 'Go and Kill' has become the favourite slogan of a particular political party, taking a dig at the ruling BJP. "These attackers are also participating in the rallies held by these political leaders. You can have strong protests and society can remain peaceful. However, these slogans disrupted everything. People were asked to go and kill." he said.

    Gonsalves dubbed it as the "most evil thing" and alleged that that party was preaching hatred which resulted in multiple deaths. He said, "These videos of hate speech have been watched by everyone in the country. If these hate speeches have resulted in murder, these leaders should be booked for murder, and not just for making hate speeches. These persons are very highly placed leaders in the ruling party. If they can say such things, what can we expect from ordinary people." 

  • 14:47 (IST)

    Centre seeks more time to file FIR against BJP leaders


    The Centre told the Delhi High court that it would not be conducive at this stage to register FIRs against BJP leaders and others for making provocative statements. SG Tushar Mehta said the FIR will be done at the appropriate stage and urge for more time so that normalcy is restored in the capital. 

    Yesterday, the court had heard alleged hate speeches made by four leaders — BJP MPs Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma; BJP leaders Kapil Mishra and Abhay Verma. Delhi Police has till now filed 18 FIRs, and arrested 106 people for alleged involvement in the communal violence in various areas of Northeast Delhi, that started on late Sunday. 

  • 14:40 (IST)

    S-G Tushar Mehta says Union of India must be made party to case

    A division bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar have started hearing the pleas, seeking registration of FIR against four BJP leaders and others for provocative statements leading to multiple riots and mob attacks in north-east Delhi over CAA.

    Solicitor General Tushar Mehta begins hearing by saying that the "petitioner doesn't have the luxury to point out only a few videos (of hate speeches). He also argued that the Union of India should be a party to this case. He also sought more time to file a response as, according to him, the situation is not "conducive".

  • 14:37 (IST)

    Breaking: Hearing of Delhi violence matter begins in Delhi High Court.

  • 14:29 (IST)

    SG Tushar Mehta, 3 others to represent Delhi Police 

    Lt Governor Anil Baijal has appointed Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and three others to represent the Delhi Police in court cases related to law and order situation in northeast Delhi, where communal clashes broke out over the amended citizenship law.

    According to an order issued by the Home Department, Additional Solicitor General Maninder Kaur Acharya, senior lawyers Amit Mahajan and Rajat Nair will also represent the Delhi Police in such cases.

  • 14:20 (IST)

    AAP's Saurabh Bharadwaj says put all SHOs in riot hit areas on narco test, livestream results

    AAP MLA from Greater Kailash today demanded in Delhi Assembly that all Station House Officers from the Northeast Delhi district should be made to take narco tests and the results should be livestreamed. 

  • 14:11 (IST)

    CBSE to conduct fresh exams for students who failed to appear due to Delhi violence

    The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct fresh exams for students who have not been able to appear for papers in other parts of the national capital due to the violence in northeast Delhi, officials said. The board has sought details of students who failed to appear for exams due to the prevailing situation in the city.

     
     
    "To reduce the stress on students, the board will conduct fresh exams for these students. The next date of exam for affected students will be notified shortly," he added. 

  • 14:05 (IST)

    Pleas moved in HC seeking FIR against Sonia, Rahul, Priyanka, others for alleged hate speech

    Pleas were moved before the Delhi High court on Thursday seeking lodging of FIR against Congress President Sonia Gandhi, ex-president Rahul Gandhi, its general secretary Priyanka Vadra and others for allegedly giving hate speeches. One of the pleas has sought registration of FIR against Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Aam Aadmi Party leader Amanatullah Khan for allegedly making hate speeches.

  • 13:56 (IST)

    Plea in Delhi HC seeks NIA investigation, FIR against Swara Bhaskar, Amanatullah Khan

    Advocate Sanjiv Kumar has moved an application before the Delhi High Court seeking FIRs against Swara Bhaskar, RJ Sayema, activist Harsh Mander and AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan. Kumar has claimed that the aforementioned people are Urban Naxals who want to defame India, to paint India as a failed State, Livelaw reported.

     

  • 13:15 (IST)

    Class 8 student who went to take exam missing since Monday after riots broke out

    A 13-year-old girl, who had gone to school to take an examination in the Khajuri Khas area three days ago, went missing amid the violence in northeast Delhi, police said. The girl, a Class 8 student, lived with her parents in Sonia Vihar suburb and had gone to her school, some 4.5 km from their home, Monday morning but has not returned since, they said on Wednesday.
     
     
    Her father, who deals in readymade garments, told PTI, "I was supposed to pick her up from school at 5.20 pm. But I got caught in the violence that unfolded in our area. My daughter is missing since then."
     
    Another man, a resident of Vijay Park in Maujpur, said his family members, who were trapped in a house in Shiv Vihar for two days, were also unreachable since Tuesday night. 
     
    A missing person's report has been registered in all cases. 

  • 13:06 (IST)

    Congress seeks Amit Shah's resignation,says AAP was mute spectator

    A delegation of senior Congress leaders, led by party chief Sonia Gandhi, met President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday to seek normalcy and peace in violence-hit Delhi.  The delegation, including Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad as well as Ahmed Patel and Randeep Surjewala, also submitted a memorandum to the president. 
     
     
    After the meeting, Manmohan Singh said, "We called upon President to suggest to him that what has happened in last 4 days in Delhi is a matter of great concern&a matter of national shame in which at least 34 people have died and 200 people are injured, it is a reflection on total failure of Central Government."
     
     
    Sonia Gandhi reiterated her demand for Amit Shah's resignation and said, "We call upon you (President) to ensure that life, liberty, and property of citizens are preserved. We also reiterate that you should immediately call for the removal of the Home Minister for his inability to contain violence. "

  • 12:40 (IST)

    Delhi Police chief says situation returning to normal

    Newly appointed Delhi Special Commissioner of Police (Law & Order) SN Shrivastava said, "As of now the situation is returning to normal. We are registering cases and proceeding with legal action, soon we will be making arrests. I hope all these things will contribute to normalcy."

  • 12:38 (IST)

    Mosque, dargah vandalised in northeast Delhi, claim locals

    A mosque and a dargah were vandalised before being set afire during the communal violence in northeast Delhi, locals claimed. The mosque is situated at Ashok Nagar area in northeast Delhi, while the dargah is located in Chand Bagh.
     
     
    The locals in Ashok Nagar area said the mosque was set on fire by unidentified miscreants on Tuesday afternoon. "We got to know about it through social media... We came to know from police that the mosque was vandalised around 12 pm. This is unfortunate and I can say that it was not done by any local, outsiders were involved," one of the locals, who did not wish to be named, said. 
     
    He said the mosque was very old and construction work was going on there. There were a few Muslim families who lived there but now they have left the area, he added.
     
    Sajjad Ibrahim from Chand Bagh expressed anguish over the vandalism of the dargah. "Chand Peer Baba is worshipped more among Hindus who flock here on Thursday night. Seeing the shrine in such a condition is very hurtful. Did any Hindu shrine get vandalised this way? Those who vandalised the dargah forgot the legacy of the saint who blesses and fulfills wishes of both communities," he said. 

  • 12:36 (IST)

    AAP's Tahir Hussain defends himself in video message, says not present at property during violence

    Meanwhile Hussain released a video in which he claims to have been a victim of mob violence himself and that he was rescued by the police two days ago. He claimed that a mob had taken over his house, using it to launch attacks, and that he has not returned home since. The police so far have not commented on the allegations against Hussain. 

  • 12:22 (IST)

    AAP corporator accused in IB officer Ankit Sharma's death

    After the body of 26-year-old IB officer Ankit Sharma was recovered from a drain in Chand Bagh, his father Ravinder Sharma, who is also an IB employee, alleged that supporters of AAP corporator Tahir Hussain had killed his son. 

    “The mob that snatched and killed my brother was operating from Hussain’s house. A mob was pelting stones from the terrace of that building,” Sharma’s brother Ankur told Hindustan Times.

    BJP leader Kapil Mishra shared a video alleging that stone-pelters led by Hussain had murdered Ankit. Mishra uploaded a video that shows a person, wearing a maroon half-sweater and brandishing a lathi, on a rooftop. Mishra claimed it was Hussain who had been pelting stones and petrol bombs.

    Speaking to NDTV, Ankit's neighbours also alleged that stones and petrol bombs had been thrown from the roof of the five-storey building owned by Hussain. Other news reports also showed remains of petrol bombs, crates of stones etc lying on the roof of the house belonging to Hussain. 

  • 12:14 (IST)

    Congress delegation reaches Rashtrapati Bhavan

    Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, and other party leaders reach Rashtrapati Bhavan to submit a memorandum to the President on Delhi violence.

  • 12:06 (IST)

    Delhi violence toll rises to 35

     

    The toll in Delhi riots has risen to 35 after two more bodies recovered from drain in Gagan Vihar. News18 reported that the police presence presence has been multiplied in the area speculating trouble after the news of the deaths spread. The number of injured stands at 155 as per latest reports. 

  • 11:46 (IST)

    Swara Bhaskar tweets on IB officer's death, blames Kapil Mishra for hate speech

  • 11:44 (IST)

    Differently-abled man attacked by mob while praying in mosque in Mustafabad

    Feroz Akhtar, who is differently-abled, was beaten with sticks by a mob that entered a mosque when he was offering prayers in northeast Delhi's Mustafabad, his wife Sanjeeda claimed. The 42-year-old tailor received severe injuries on his head, back and shoulder.  Akhtar had met with an accident five years ago and since then he struggled to walk properly.
     
    Recalling the incident, Sanjeeda said her husband and 20-year-old son, Danish, were among many others from the locality who had rushed to a protest venue to safeguard the women who were on a sit-in in a nearby area on Tuesday.  
     
     
    After a while, she received a call from an unknown person who informed her that her husband was at his place currently.  "I was very scared and did not trust the caller," he said, adding that he had given him first-aid and asked her to come to his house to take Akhtar. "Later, he made me speak to my husband who said he won't be able to return or go on a bike even if I sends our son to him," she said. 
     
     
    The unknown caller informed Sanjeeda that he had admitted Akhtar at Al hind hospital, Mustafabad from where she, along with her two sons, managed to take him to LNJP. 

  • 11:40 (IST)

    No Traffic Restrictions in Seelampur Now

     

    Police opened all roads in Seelampur leading to Jafrabad, Gokalpuri, Babarpur — among the areas in Northeast Delhi which have been plagued by ongoing communal riots since late Sunday. One lane in Seelampur was opened yesterday and now all lanes are opened. 

  • 11:35 (IST)

    Paramilitary personnel provide security cover for last journey of man killed in Delhi clashes

    Amid an eerie calm in northeast Delhi's Shiv Vihar, where communal violence broke out four days ago, 26-year-old Rahul Solanki's body was taken to a crematorium by his distraught kin and armed paramilitary personnel.

    Solanki, who was pursuing his LLB from a private college in Ghaziabad, had stepped out on Monday to buy milk. He died after he was shot in the right shoulder near his neck, his father Hari Singh Solanki said. Senior police officers present in the area had assured the family members that they will be provided security.

     
     
    A friend of Rahul, who was with him when he was shot, said they could not see who fired at him.
    "We saw a mob approaching us and began to run. We were barefeet and Rahul went to put on his slippers. While he was putting them on, some unidentified persons shot him dead," he said.

  • 11:32 (IST)

    Shops shut, eerie calm prevails in riot-hit areas of northeast Delhi

    Sporadic violence was reported from riot-hit areas in northeast Delhi, even as an eerie calm prevailed across the neighbourhoods in Jaffarabad, Maujpur, Chandbagh, Gokulpuri and surrounding areas, with the death toll reaching 32 on Thursday. Most shops were closed with their shutters bearing marks of the violence that it had witnessed over the last few days and people chose to stay indoors.

    As police conducted flag marches and security personnel spread out across the northeastern edge of the national capital in a bid to quell the violence raging since Sunday. The Delhi Fire Service received 19 calls from midnight to 8 am on Thursday from the riot-hit areas, Director of Delhi Fire Service Atul Garg said.

  • 11:22 (IST)

    Congress questions Justice Muralidhar's transfer; law minister slams Opposition party 

    The Congress accused the government of stifling and intimidating the judiciary after the news of Muralidhar's transfer made news. Congress' Randeep Surjewala said that the transfer of Justice Muralidhar is a classic case of hit and run justice, courtesy the BJP. Rahul Gandhi, meanwhile remembered Judge Loya "who was not transferred." 

    The Law Minister came down heavily on the Opposition party for these remarks. Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "By politicising a routine transfer, Congress has yet again displayed its scant regard for the judiciary. People of India have rejected Congress Party and hence it is hell bent on destroying the very institutions India cherishes by constantly attacking them."

  • 11:01 (IST)

    Centre transfers judge who was hearing Delhi violence case after SC recommendation

    Delhi HC Judge S Muralidhar was transferred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court, days after the Supreme Court collegium made the recommendation.
     
     
    The judge was hearing the Delhi violence case and the late evening notification came on the day when a bench headed by him expressed "anguish" over the Delhi Police's failure to register FIRs against alleged hate speeches by three BJP leaders. 
     
     
    A notification issued by the Ministry of Law and Justice states that the president took the decision after consulting the Chief Justice of India.
    The notification, however, does not mention when he has to take the charge of his office, which some lawyers pointed out is a departure from trend. The transfer notification usually mentions a date before which the judge has to join, giving them reasonable time. 

  • 10:52 (IST)

    WhatsApp groups, 'outsiders' under govt scanner after Delhi riots, says ANI

    Several WhatsApp groups and role of people from outside Delhi are under scanner in connection with the recent incidents of violence in the northeastern part of the capital, news agency ANI reported quoting sources. Delhi Police have so far registered 18 FIRs and 106 people have been arrested in connection with the violence.  

  • 10:46 (IST)

    Toll rises to 32

    The death toll in the communal violence in northeast Delhi over the amended citizenship law reached 32 on Thursday, senior officials said. It was at 27 till Wednesday night.

    "Five more deaths recorded at GTB Hospital, so death toll at that hospital has gone up to 30, taking total toll to 32," a senior Delhi Health Department official told PTI.

  • 10:41 (IST)

    'Bernie Sanders compelling us to play role in US elections': BJP's gen secy

    Responding to Bernie Sander's criticism of Donald Trump for ignoring to highlight the "anti-Muslim" mob clashes during his India visit on 25 February, BJP general secretary BL Santhosh had tweeted saying that the Democratic candidate's statement "is compelling us to play a role in Presidential elections". 

    "How much ever neutral we wish to be, you compel us to play a role in the Presidential election...Sorry to say so...but you are compelling us," the general secretary had said shortly before deleting the tweet. 
     

    Santhosh's statement assumes significance as it comes at a time when the race for the November, 2020, US general election has begun in earnest.

Delhi Violence Over CAA Protest LATEST Updates: An FIR has been registered against AAP councillor Tahir Hussain under Section of 302 (murder) at the Dayalpur police station, News18 reported.

The FIRs in relation to the spate of violence that gripped northeast Delhi this week have been transferred to two special investigation teams (SIT) constituted under the Crime Branch division of the Delhi Police. On Thursday, the security force said that 48 FIRs have been filed so far.

"Two SITs of Crime Branch have been formed under DCP Joy Tirkey and DCP Rajesh Deo. The teams to immediately take over the investigation of the cases connected with North East Delhi violence. BK Singh, Additional CP Crime Branch to supervise the work of the 2 teams," ANI reported.

Security forces held a flag march in the violence-affected Khajuri Khas area of northeast Delhi on Thursday. Newly appointed Special Commissioner SN Shrivastava also visited the area on Thursday and said, "I've come here to assure people that we're with them and for their welfare. People here have responded positively and assured that they'll work together through Aman Committees to bring back the feeling of brotherhood."

When questioned about Tahir Hussain, the AAP councillor who allegedly took part in rioting, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that if the allegations are true, strict action should be taken against him. "If any rioter is found to be of the AAP, give them double the punishment."

"Don’t politicise the issue of security," he added.

A letter by Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MP Naresh Gujral wrote a letter to Home Minister Amit Shah accusing the Delhi Police of inaction and apathy when he called for assistance for acquaintances during the violence that broke out in northeast Delhi this week. The letter was also addressed to the Commissioner of Police Amulya Patnaik.

"Last night, at around 11.30 pm, I received a desperate call from an acquaintance that he and 15 other Muslims were trapped in a house near Gonda Chowk in Maufpur, and that the mob outside was trying to break Into the premises," he said in the letter, adding that he called the police helpline and "explained the urgency of the situation".

"However, much to my disappointment, no action was taken on my complaint and those 16 individuals received no assistance what so ever from the Delhi Police. If this is the situation when a Member of Parliament makes a complaint personally, it is not surprising that certain parts of Delhi continue to burn while the police stands by apathetically," he concluded.

The Delhi high court gave the Centre our week's time to file its reply. The High Court also allowed the Ministry of Home Affairs to be impleaded as a party in the case. The court adjourned the hearing for four weeks on pleas, seeking registration of FIR against four BJP leaders and others for provocative statements leading to multiple riots and mob attacks in north-east Delhi over CAA. The matter is set to be heard on 13 April.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta begins hearing by saying that the 'petitioner doesn't have the luxury to point out only a few videos (of hate speeches).' He also argued that the Union of India should be a party to this case. He also sought more time to file a response as, according to him, the situation is not 'conducive'.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct fresh exams for students who have not been able to appear for papers in other parts of the national capital due to the violence in northeast Delhi, officials said. The board has sought details of students who failed to appear for exams due to the prevailing situation in the city.

Tahir Hussain released a video in which he claims to have been a victim of mob violence himself and that he was rescued by the police two days ago. He claimed that a mob had taken over his house, using it to launch attacks, and that he has not returned home since.

Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, and other senior party leaders submitted a memorandum to the president. "We call upon you (President) to ensure that life, liberty, & property of citizens are preserved. We also reiterate that you should immediately call for the removal of the Home Minister for his inability to contain violence," Sonia said.

Seven more fatalities have been recorded at three hospitals, taking the total death toll in the northeast Delhi communal violence over the amended citizenship law to 34 on Thursday, according to senior officials.

The Congress accused the government of stifling and intimidating the judiciary after the news of S Muralidhar's transfer made news. The BJP, meanwhile accused former of politicising a routine transfer.

Responding to Bernie Sander's criticism of Donald Trump for ignoring to highlight the "anti-Muslim" mob clashes during his India visit on 25 February, BJP general secretary BL Santhosh had tweeted saying that the Democratic candidate's statement "is compelling us to play a role in Presidential elections".

"How much ever neutral we wish to be, you compel us to play a role in the Presidential election...Sorry to say so...but you are compelling us," the general secretary had said shortly before deleting the tweet.

Santhosh's statement assumes significance as it comes at a time when the race for the November, 2020, US general election has begun in earnest.

The toll in the spate of violence that gripped northeast Delhi this week has risen to 27, reports said. News18 reported that 25 people lost their lives at the GTB hospital and two people died at the at the LNJP hospital.

Fresh violence occurred in northeast Delhi's Bhajanpura area, NDTV reported on Wednesday evening. This is only a few hours after National Security Adviser Ajit Doval visited the area to take stock of the situation after a spate of violence gripped several parts of the district this week.

Mumbai Police on Wednesday evening detained a group of protesters holding a candlelight vigil against the spate of violence that gripped northeast Delhi this week, in the Kotwal Garden in Dadar. Amid calls for a protest at Chaitya Bhoomi in the area, the police also barricaded the area, activists said.

News18 reported that the toll has risen to 24 with two deaths being recorded at the LNJP hospital. "These were the first cases of casualty reported at LNJP Hospital, which has been receiving a number of patients since the violence broke out on Monday evening," the report said.

Delhi Police on Wednesday evening said that 106 "miscreants" have been arrested in connection with the spate of violence that gripped several areas of northeast Delhi this week. Delhi Police PRO MS Randhawa said that the police had taken action using CCTV footage and other evidence.

"Till now Delhi Police has registered 18 FIRs so far and 106 people have been arrested in connection with the incidents in northeast Delhi. Miscreants are being identified.We have the CCTV footage and strong evidence. No untoward incident took place today," he said.

He added that there is adequate deployment in the affected areas and that senior officers were also deployed in the affected areas on Wednesday. "Senior officers were also monitoring PCR calls, that's why today untoward events were avoided. Route marches happened today, drones have been used for surveillance," he said.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, addressing the Delhi Assembly regarding the spate of violence in the National Capital on Wednesday, said that people of both Hindus and Muslims had suffered due to the violence.

"People of Delhi don’t want riots, just a regular life. Then why did the riots happen? This was not done by the aam aadmi, it was done by outsiders," he said.

He then listed the names of those who have died and also mentioned their religion to illustrate that people of both religions were affected. "People of both religions died, a policeman also died. So who benefited from the riots? Hindus and Muslims both got affected. The families of those who have lost family members have nothing to do with any communal agendas."

The CBSE on Wednesday postponed board exams scheduled for Thursday in northeast Delhi in light of the spate of violence that gripped the district this week.

The Delhi Court on Wednesday heavily criticised the Delhi Police for a 'lackadaisical approach' to the filing of FIRs against hate speeches made by politicians. The court was hearing pleas seeking FIRs against BJP leaders Anurag Thakur, Parvesh Verma, and Kapil Mishra for their incendiary speeches in the last month.

Noting that FIRs had been registered in instances arising out of northeast Delhi, the bench said, "You acknowledge the occurrence of a crime by registering an FIR. If you don't register an FIR, how will you take action. The more you delay, these speeches are leading to more speeches."

"When you don't register an FIR, a wrong message goes out, people aren't deterred from repeating it. Is it not a cause for alarm? Justice J Muralidhar noted.

Responding to an officer representing the Delhi Police saying that the force is trying to contain the situation, the bench said, "But to say that we will not react to the origin of the situation...it's a chain."

In the order on a plea seeking FIRs against BJP leaders Anurag Thakur, Parvesh Verma, and Kapil Mishra for allegedly incendiary speeches which, the petitioners claimed, were the "starting point" of the spate of violence in northeast Delhi, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday said that the Delhi Police commissioner must watch the clips of the speeches and "take a conscious decision" about the registrations of the FIRs.

The Delhi Police has been instructed to file a reply on Wednesday. "The officer (representing Delhi Police) assures that he will sit with Delhi Commissioner (to peruse such videos containing hate speech)," the bench said.

Ahead of pronouncing its judgment, the court came down heavily on the police force and said that the consequences of delaying the registration of FIRs against hate speeches must be "seriously considered". The bench added, "The authorities must go strictly by the mandate of the law."

Colin Gonsalves, counsel for the petitioners in the plea regarding the Delhi violence, told the High Court on Wednesday that BJP leader Anurag Thakur's 'kill the traitors' comment was the "starting point" of the spate of violence the National Capital has witnessed for the last few days.

Referring to Thakur's comments which were made ahead of the Delhi Assembly election earlier in February, Gonsalves said, "Anurag Thakur's video caused the ball to roll. It's just that one line. It's a very powerful video. That's the starting point."

Gonsalves' submission came after the video clips of speeches made by Thakur, and other BJP leaders Kapil Mishra, Parvesh Verma, and Abhay Verma were screened i the court during the hearing.

The toll from incidents of violence in Delhi rose to 22, with 21 deaths in Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital and 1 death in Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital, according to ANI.

After watching the videos of ‘hate speeches’ by BJP leaders, the Delhi High Court while hearing the matter of incidents of violence in the capital said, “We can't let another 1984 happen, not under watch of this court."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he conducted an extensive review on the situation prevailing in various parts of Delhi. "Police and other agencies are working on the ground to ensure peace and normalcy," he said, adding that "peace and harmony are central to our ethos".

After Congress Working Committee meeting, interim party president Sonia Gandhi addressed the press questioning why Home Minister Amit Shah took action to address the violence in Delhi only on Tuesday, when reports of unrest had started coming in on Sunday. She also questioned Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's silence on the matter and late reaction.

Appealing to those who have incited this violence, be it from any party or group, to remain calm, AAP's Sanjay Singh said that the "wounds of riots stay for years". He also said that while on one hand Home Minister Amit Shah is holding high-level meeting to discuss the law and order situation, BJP workers and supporters are spreading hate.

Hearing petitions seeking the lifting of a road blockade owing to the Shaheen Bagh protest, which were heard alongside an application concerning the Delhi violence, the Bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph said that the incidents occurring since Monday are “unfortunate”. Disposing the application, the Bench criticised the Delhi Police’s “lack of independence and professionalism” in dealing with the unrest witnessed in the National Capital.

The toll in northeast Delhi communal violence rose to 20, according to GTB Hospital authorities.

Stating that the situation in Delhi is alarming and the failure of the police in bringing matters under control, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that he will write to Home Minister Amit Shah seeking Army deployment. He added that he will also urge the imposition of curfew in affected areas.

As per sources in the government, NSA Ajit Doval has been given the charge of bringing Delhi violence under control, reports CNN-News18. The NSA will be briefing the Prime Minister and the Cabinet on the present situation in Delhi during the meeting with Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) around 10:30 pm. Doval had last night visited Jaffrabad, Seelampur and other affected parts of northeast Delhi to review the situation.

The toll in northeast Delhi communal violence over the amended citizenship law rose to 18 on Wednesday, according to GTB Hospital authorities. A surgery was performed to remove a drill bit that was bored into the skull of a 19-year-old on Tuesday by attackers. The man who underwent the surgery at the Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital, is currently recovering, CNN-News18's Payal Mehta reported.

As incidents of violence continued in east and north east Delhi, attackers pushed a portion of drill machine in a man's head. He is undergoing treatment at the Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital.

A midnight hearing took place before Justices S Muralidhar and Anup J Bhambhani of the Delhi High Court on a plea seeking safe passage of injured victims of violence in New Delhi to medical institutions with adequate facilities. In response to the petition by Suroor Mander, the Bench directed the Delhi Police to ensure safe passage of the injured victims by deploying all resources, as well as to make sure they receive immediate emergency treatment.

Communal violence over the amended citizenship law escalated in northeast Delhi on Tuesday taking the death toll to 13 as police struggled to check the rioters who ran amok on streets, burning and looting shops, pelting stones and thrashing people.

After overnight incidents of arson, tension smouldered in the national capital and as the day progressed streets in several localities like Chand Bagh, Bhajanpura, Gokulpuri, Maujpur, Kardampuri and Jaffrabad saw pitched battles between the members of two groups who also hurled petrol bombs and opened fire. Late in the night, locals in Maujpur area claimed that announcements were being made by police on loudspeakers about promulgation of shoot-at-sight orders, but Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northeast) Ved Prakash Surya denied it.

Over 200 people, including 48 police personnel, have been injured and half of the civilians have suffered gunshot wounds, hospital authorities said. The violence, which started on Sunday after anti-CAA protests blocked a road outside Jaffrabad Metro station and BJP leader Kapil Mishra called a gathering in favour of CAA, intensified on Tuesday, despite shored up security in the city in view of US President Donald Trump's visit.

The protesters withdrew from the site on Tuesday night. As Delhi Police faced allegations of inaction, Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting at noon with Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, city police commissioner Amulya Patnaik and others on steps to restore peace. IPS officer SN Shrivastava was appointed as the new Delhi Police Special Commissioner (Law and Order) after the Union Home Ministry repatriated him from the CRPF on Tuesday night to take control of the situation in the wake of communal violence in the city, officials said.

Delhi Police spokesperson Mandeep Singh Randhawa said 11 FIRs have been registered in connection with the violence. Over 20 persons have been detained and only one person, identified as Shahrukh who had fired a few rounds in the air after brandishing a gun at a policeman, has been arrested. Sixty-seven companies of police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed across the area, police sources said.

Mediapersons were also attacked. Akshay, a journalist with JK 24X7 News, received a bullet injury and was in a serious condition in hospital, and two reporters from NDTV were beaten and punched by rioters. Many other journalists were heckled and told to go back.

Rioters damaged two fire tenders in Gokulpuri and crowds raising incendiary slogans set on fire fruit carts, rickshaws and anything that came in their way in the epicentre of the trouble Maujpur and other places. Police fired teargas shells to disperse the rioters -- armed with stones, rods and even swords and many wearing helmets to protect themselves -- and was assisted by paramilitary personnel.

The meeting presided by Shah resolved that workers of political parties should join hands to restore peace and peace committees should be reactivated in all localities. Schools were shut and fearful residents stayed indoors as mobs roamed the streets, seemingly unmindful of prohibitory orders restricting the assembly of more than four people imposed on Monday.

Around 5 pm in Chand Bagh, for instance, security personnel were pelted with stones. They chased the mob, only to be attacked afresh with some people also armed with petrol bombs. Five stations on the Delhi Metro's Pink Line were closed for the second consecutive day on Tuesday in the wake of the trouble.

Police in Uttar Pradesh have enhanced security and patrolling along Ghaziabad and Noida borders with Delhi. The Noida police said it was on “high alert” and Section 144 of the CrPC, which bars assembly of four or more people, was in place in the district, while the Police Armed Constabulary (PAC) has also been deployed in huge numbers.

A stampede-like situation occurred in Laxmi Nagar around 6 pm over rumours of “gunshots being fired” in nearby Khureji Khas, which has been an anti-CAA protest site and witnessed violence in last two days.

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Updated Date: Feb 27, 2020 21:43:29 IST