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Delhi Violence Over CAA Protest Updates: Amit Shah holds third meeting with Delhi Police, MHA officials in 24 hrs; Section 144 imposed in Noida

Delhi Violence Over CAA Protest Updates: Home Minister Amit Shah chaired a third high-level meeting as violence continued for the third day in Delhi. According to ANI, the meeting lasted for almost three hours and was attended by Delhi Police and home ministry officials.

FP Staff February 25, 2020 23:52:31 IST
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Delhi Violence Over CAA Protest Updates: Amit Shah holds third meeting with Delhi Police, MHA officials in 24 hrs; Section 144 imposed in Noida

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21:24 (ist)

Jaffrabad protest cleared by Delhi Police

The Jaffrabad protest, which had women sitting in protest since Saturday, has been cleared by the Delhi Police. It was thi sprotest that BJP leader Kapil Mishra referred to in his 'ultimatum' remark, demanding that the police clear the road.

19:39 (ist)

Senior citizen's source of livelihood burnt in Delhi violence

The cart of fruits of Fatima, a 62-year-old resident of northeast Delhi's Khajoori Khas, was set ablaze by a mob on Monday evening during the violence that erupted over Citizenship Amendment Act protests in the National Capital. It was her source of livelihood, The Hindu reported.

“What am I supposed to do? What is my fault? I don’t know or care about the CAA. I was not protesting. Why should I bear the brunt? This was my livelihood. Two days ago, I had bought oranges worth Rs 50,000 and so many of them are now destroyed. How will I manage funds? It’s a big loss for me,” she was quoted as saying by the report.

18:40 (ist)

Delhi Police 'denies' deficiency in police force

Delhi Police PRO MS Randhawa said that there was no deficiency in the police force after violence continued in northeast Delhi for three consecutive days. The statement came after the force came under criticism for inadequate action to quell the violence over Citizenship Amendment Act protests.

Randhawa said, "I deny that there is any deficiency of police force. Sufficient forces have been deployed in the Northeast district. CRPF, RAF and additional resources of Delhi police are also active. 11 FIRs have been registered and few have been detained."

18:24 (ist)

Congress says will help govt to restore peace

Congress leader Randeep Surjewala, while condemning the violence in Delhi, appealed to people to maintain peace.

He said, "We appeal to all to maintain peace and condemn this act of violence in Delhi. Some communal powers, for their political gains, are working towards creating differences using religion. Every Congress worker will help the government to maintain peace, law and order in the National Capital."

18:04 (ist)

Rioteers set fire to vehicles in Jyoti Nagar

Mobs have set fire to vehicles in the Jyoti Nagar area of northeast Delhi on Tuesday evening, reports said.

Meanwhile, reports also said that the Congress is likely to hold a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) over the violence that has gripped the National Capital for the third consecutive day on Tuesday. The meeting is scheduled for 10 am on Wednesday.

17:28 (ist)

Violence continues in Khajoori Khas

CNN-News18 on Tuesday evening reported that rioters with lathis have vandalised vehicles on the Pushta road. Two men who were recording the violence on the mobile were also thrashed with lathis, the report said.

16:29 (ist)

Journalist shot at in Maujpur admitted to GTB hospital

Reports said that a journalist of the JK 24 News tv channel, who was shot at while covering the violence in northeast Delhi's Maujpur, has been admitted to the GTB hospital.

13:30 (ist)

Delhi HC to hear plea seeking Kapil Mishra, Anurag Thakur's arrest over hate speech

Delhi High Court agrees to hear on Wednesday plea seeking FIR and arrest of persons involved in violence in North East Delhi over CAA.

Filed by Harsh Mander, the plea seeks an FIR against Kapil Mishra, Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Sahib Singh for hate speeches.

A similar plea pertaining to the clashes in Delhi will be heard by the Supreme Court too. It has been filed by former CIC Wajahat Habibullah, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad and social activist Bahadur Abbas Naqvi.

10:24 (ist)

Cop who was injured in yesterday's clashes out of danger

Shahdara Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Amit Sharma, who was injured during clashes between two groups in Delhi's Gokulpuri on Monday, has regained consciousness and is now out of danger at a hospital in the city, reports ANI.


Sharma underwent surgery on Monday night and his CT Scan was done on Tuesday morning. He is safe and out of danger.

One Delhi Police head constable lost his life during the clashes on Monday. "The situation is very tense. We are continuously receiving calls related to incidents of violence from North-East Delhi," Delhi Police stated. The Commissioner of Police also held a meeting at Seelampur DCP Office on Monday night.

10:18 (ist)

Delhi Police, RAF hold flag march in Brahampuri area

Following the incidents of stone-pelting in Brahampuri and Maujpur area, Police and Rapid Action Force personnel conducted a flag march in these areas after clashes broke out between two groups, reports ANI.

Security has been beefed up at the incident site and also in and around other areas of North-East Delhi. Five people, including one police head constable, lost their lives and 105 got injured in the clashes in North-East Delhi on Monday. 

A meeting was held by Home Minister Amit Shah on late Monday night with senior Delhi Police officers and top Home Ministry officials on the law and order situation in Delhi.

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Feb 25, 2020 - 23:50 (IST)

Delhi fire dept received 70 calls today

A firefighter was injured as the Delhi Fire Service on Tuesday attended to 70 calls from violence-hit northeast Delhi, an official said. The department received fire-related calls from 8 am-8 pm. A firefighter was injured due to stone-pelting while five fire tenders were damaged, according to the official.

Feb 25, 2020 - 23:35 (IST)

Editor's Guild condemns attacks on journalists

The Editor's Guild expressed concern over the attack on journalists during the violence which unfolded in northeast Delhi. Noting that attack on journalist is tantamount to an attack on press freedom, it said that the guilty must be brought to book.

It urged the Delhi Police to provide security to journalists and also asked the Home Ministry to investigate the attacks and punish those found guilty. 

Earlier in the day, two NDTV journalists were attacked by rioters while a journalist with JK 24x7 sustained a bullet injury. 

Feb 25, 2020 - 23:16 (IST)

Amit Shah holds third meeting in 24 hours

Home Minister Amit Shah chaired a third high-level meeting as violence continued for the third day in Delhi. According to ANI, the meeting lasted for almost three hours and was attended by Delhi Police and home ministry officials. Newly-appointed Special Commissioner of Police SN Srivastava also attended the meeting.

Feb 25, 2020 - 23:07 (IST)

Did not commit crime by supporting CAA, says defiant Kapil Mishra

Facing flak for his speech during a gathering in favour of CAA at Maujpur Chowk in northeast Delhi, BJP leader Kapil Mishra remained defiant on Tuesday saying he was not scared of the "massive hate campaign" against him for "speaking truth" and supporting the amended citizenship law. Mishra, a former AAP MLA who unsuccessfully contested the recent Assembly polls on a BJP ticket from Model Town, led a gathering in support of the CAA at Maujpur Chowk in  Jafarabad area on Sunday, after which violence erupted between pro and anti CAA groups.
 
 "I have received calls by many to kill me. Many people including politicians and journalists are abusing me. But, I am not scared because I have not done anything wrong," Mishra told PTI.
 
Mishra also attacked Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal who held a meeting with MLAs of violence hit areas in north east Delhi on Tuesday. "Why did you not appeal in your speech to open the blocked roads in Delhi? Being the chief minister, you should immediately appeal for opening of roads. Why are yousaving rioters blocking the road?" Mishra alleged in a tweet.

Feb 25, 2020 - 22:52 (IST)

Information and broadcasting ministry issues advisory to TV channels

In an advisory issued to private news channels, the Ministry for Information and Broadcasting asked TV channels to exercise caution regarding content which is likely to incite violence or content which is likely to violate law and order. The advisory further advised TV channels against showing content which is likely to promote "anti-national attitudes". 

The advisory also cautioned TV channels against showing content which contains attacks on religions or communities or which is defamatory, false or half-true. 

The advisory asked channels to ensured that no content is telecast which is violative of the Programme and Advertising Codes as prescribed in the Cable Television Network (Regulation) Act, 1995. "All private satellite TV channels are requested to ensure strict compliance," it added.

Feb 25, 2020 - 22:36 (IST)

BJP MLA Abhay Verma's supporters march in Laxmi Nagar

A News18 reporter said that  BJP MLA Abhay Verma was leading a march of his supporters in the Mangal Bazaar area of Laxmi Nagar. He also retweeted a video in which his supporters could be heard chanting religious slogans and raising incendiary slogans. 

Feb 25, 2020 - 22:26 (IST)

Ambulance not being allowed to reach hospital, says ex-AIIMS RDA president 

Harjit Singh Bhatti, ex-president of the Resident Doctor's Association, AIIMS, claimed that ambulances were not being allowed to reach the Al Hind Hospital in Mustafabad, where over 10 people were reportedly nursing gun shot injuries. He also added that calls for help from 102, the ambulance helpline number went unanswered. 

Earlier, Delhi Police had also said that injured were being brought to hospitals on bikes and vans as protesters were blocking ambulances. 

Feb 25, 2020 - 22:10 (IST)

Section 144 imposed, security enhanced in Noida

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, reported PTI. "Liquor shops near Delhi border areas were being closed and comprehensive checking was being carried out,” the Noida Police said in a statement on Tuesday night.
 
The Uttar Pradesh Police increased patrolling and enhanced security along the Ghaziabad and Noida borders. 
 

Feb 25, 2020 - 22:03 (IST)

Confusion over 'shoot at sight' orders

Confusion prevailed over something as important as "shoot at sight" orders. After intial reports confirmed that Delhi Police has issued "shoot at sight" orders in the northeast areas, residents from the region panicked. Several on social media shared their trepidation over the orders. However, ANI quoted Delhi Police who confirmed that "no shoot at sight order has been issued" in the area. Soon though, ANI again tweeted out a clarification saying, "#Correction Shoot at sight orders remain, earlier report of it being lifted was incorrect."

Feb 25, 2020 - 21:42 (IST)

CBSE postpones class 10,12 exams in northeast Delhi

The CBSE postponed Class 10, 12 exams in northeast Delhi which were scheduled  to be held on Wednesday. However, exams in the remaining areas of the National Capital will be held as per schedule.

Delhi Violence Over CAA Protest Updates: Home Minister Amit Shah chaired a third high-level meeting as violence continued for the third day in Delhi. According to ANI, the meeting lasted for almost three hours and was attended by Delhi Police and home ministry officials. Newly-appointed Special Commissioner of Police SN Srivastava also attended the meeting.

In an advisory issued to private news channels, the Ministry for Information and Broadcasting asked TV channels to exercise cuation regarding content which is likely to incite violence or content which is likely to violate law and order. The advisory further advised TV channels against show casing content which is liekly to promote 'anti-national attitudes'.

The CBSE postponed Class 10, 12 exams in northeast Delhi which were scheduled to be held on Wednesday.

The toll in the continued violence in northeast Delhi rose to 13 on Tuesday night, reports said.

IPS SN Shrivastava was on Tuesday appointed as Special Commissioner (Law and Order) in Delhi Police, with immediate effect. A notification regarding this was issued by the Directorate General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). Srivastava tenure with the CRPF was to continue till 30 June, 2021, News18 reported.

The Delhi Police on Tuesday evening clarified that no shoot at sight order has been issued for northeast Delhi area. "Jaffrabad road has been cleared and no shoot at sight order has been issued for North East Delhi," the statement was quoted by ANI as saying.

CNN-News18 reported that the victims of the continuing violence in the National Capital said that the rioters aren't locals.

Meanwhile, a delegation of civil rights activists, including All India Progressive Women's Association secretary Kavita Krishnan, on Tuesday went to meet Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal at his residence to submit an appeal to protect the people in the city from communal violence.

Even as the Delhi Police undertook steps to quell the continuing violence in several areas of northeast Delhi on Tuesday, incidents of arson continued on Tuesday evening in the Chandbagh area of the National Capital, reports said.

Rioters set afire to shops and pelted stones in a fresh wave of violence even as the police used tear gas to disperse the crowds, PTI reported. Paramilitary forces have also been deployed to bring the situation under control.

Rioters also set a bakery and several fruits carts on fire.

A curfew has been imposed in the Maujpur, Jafrabad, Chandbagh, and Karawal Nagar areas of northeast Delhi, India Today reported as violence continued for the third consecutive day over Citizenship Amendment Act protests.

"Delhi Police's Special CP Pravir Ranjan said that curfew has been imposed in violence-affected regions in northeast Delhi," the report said.

Mobs have set fire to vehicles in the Jyoti Nagar area of northeast Delhi on Tuesday evening, reports said.

Meanwhile, reports also said that the Congress is likely to hold a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) over the violence that has gripped the National Capital for the third consecutive day on Tuesday. The meeting is scheduled for 10 am on Wednesday.

The journalist of the JK 24 News channel who was shot at in the Maujpur area of northeast Delhi on Tuesday, Akash has sustained a bullet injury while covering the continuing violence. He has been admitted to the GTB hospital where his condition is serious.

The Delhi Police told the 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, PTI reported.

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 northeast Delhi violence immediately, which led to the situation getting aggravated.

The toll in the violence that erupted in northeast Delhi has risen to nine, officials of the GTB hospital were quoted as saying by PTI.

Shots were fired in the Kardampuri area of northeast Delhi. News18 reported that firing occured between two groups and three paramilitary buses were rushed to the spot.

There was no police presence in the Khazoori Khas area of northeast Delhi even as violence continued for the third consecutive day over CAA protests. "Houses are being burned to the ground" in the area, CNN-News18 reported.

NDTV anchor and senior journalist Nidhi Razdan confirmed that two reporters of the TV channel were beaten up by pro-CAA protesters. They were only allowed to go after someone told the protesters they were Hindus and not Muslims.

A News18 TV anchor and journalist just reported that independent scribe and JNU alumni Arvind Gunasekaran and another NDTV reporter were beaten up by a mob that was setting a mosque on fire. The journalists were trying to film the act.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said the meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah was positive and all parties have stressed on restoring peace in the national capital. "Meeting with HM Amit Shah was positive and it was decided that all parties will take steps to restore peace," he told reporters after the meeting.

"The police are doing their bit and HM has assured that whatever force is needed, will be provided," Kejriwal said.

The Hauz Rani protestors called the police action on 23 February disproportionate and unprovoked. They said that there was no provocation at any point of the rlly from the people to incite police action.

Delhi High Court agrees to hear on Wednesday plea seeking FIR and arrest of persons involved in violence in North East Delhi over CAA. Filed by Harsh Mander, the plea seeks an FIR against Kapil Mishra, Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Sahib Singh for hate speeches.

Talking after the conclusion of a meeting chaired by Home Minister Amit Shah, Lieutenant General Anil Baijal an Congress and BJP leaders, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that it was decided that parties will rise above politics to make efforts to bring back peace in Delhi. He added that Shah promised that as much police force required in Delhi will be deployed, after concerns were raised about the shortage of security personnel in violence-hit areas.

Incidents of stone-pelting have been reported in Kabir Nagar area near Maujpur metro station, despite the deployment of heavy security after similar reports earlier in the morning. Fire at some shops has not been doused yet, after the tyre market in Gokulpuri area was set ablaze.

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an application filed by former Chief information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah and others seeking lodging of FIRs with regard to the recent violence in Delhi over the amended citizenship law. Meanwhile, a plea has been moved in Delhi High Court seeking independent judicial inquiry and compensation for the deceased persons.

Appealing to Delhiites to maintain peace, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said after a meeting with his MLAs and some officials that the violence reported during clashes in north east Delhi on Monday was "unfortunate". Addressing the media ahead of his 12 pm meet with Home Minister Amit Shah, he said that the District Magistrate has been asked to take out peace marches in the affected areas.

DCP (North East) Ved Prakash Surya in an order has prohibited the carrying of weapons, sticks or any other incendiary material that can be used for violence, keep in view the clashes witnessed in Delhi since Sunday. The order, which will be applicable till 24 March, also prohibits the assembly of four or more persons and any kind of demonstration without permission, apart from the distribution of communally sensitive material.

The death toll in the northeast Delhi violence climbed to seven, a senior police official told PTI on Tuesday. A Delhi Police head constable, Ratan Lal, was among the seven killed in the violence that erupted on Monday over the amended citizenship law. Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday called a meeting to discuss the prevailing situation in the National Capital after violence in Northeast Delhi over the amended citizenship law. Delhi's Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and representatives of different political parties were invited for the meeting.

Till Monday, authorities had said at least four people, including Lal, were killed in the violence. They said that the death toll has increased to seven on Tuesday.

The home minister has convened a meeting to discuss the current situation in Delhi, a Home Ministry official said. The move came after the home minister reviewed the law and order situation in the national capital on Monday night as violence rocked Northeast Delhi.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called an urgent meeting of AAP MLAs at his residence at 10.30 am. The Fire Director of northeast Delhi told ANI that 45 fire calls were received between Monday and 3 am on Tuesday. Three firemen were injured and one fire tender was set ablaze.

Fresh incidents of stone-pelting were reported in Brahmpuri and Maujpur on Tuesday morning. Home minister Amit Shah held a late-night meeting in Delhi on Monday after clashes were reported in many parts of Delhi, including Chand Bagh, Bhajanpura and Maujpur. The meeting that started at 10 pm and concluded post-midnight was attended by the Delhi Commissioner of Police, Home Secretary, IB chief and other senior officials.

A head constable was among four people killed and at least 50 others, including several paramilitary and Delhi Police personnel, were injured as violence spiralled over the amended citizenship law in northeast Delhi, turning it into a battlefield on Monday with frenzied protesters torching houses, shops, vehicles and a petrol pump, and hurling stones.

This is the second day of clashes in the city where US President Donald Trump arrived on Monday evening on the main leg of his India visit.

Police fired tear gas shells and also resorted to lathi-charge as clashes broke out between pro and anti CAA groups at Jaffrabad, Maujpur, Chandbagh, Khureji Khas and Bhajanpura. Security personnel conducted flag marches and prohibitory orders were clamped to bring the situation under control. However, sporadic clashes continued late into the night in Maujpur and other areas.
Ratan Lal (42), a head constable attached to the office of the ACP Gokalpuri, died after he sustained injuries during stone-pelting at Gokalpuri.

Three other civilians succumbed to injuries in the clashes, a Delhi government official said, adding 50 people with injuries had come to the hospital for treatment.  At least 11 police personnel, including Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Shahdara, Amit Sharma and ACP (Gokalpuri) Anuj Kumar were injured while trying to quell the protests. Two CRPF police personnel were also injured, sources said.

Government sources said the violence in the national capital appears to have been "orchestrated" by some for publicity as it comes at a time when Trump is visiting the country. They said Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik was stationed at the police control room and closely monitoring the situation. Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla told reporters the situation in the national capital was fully under control and sufficient forces were deployed on the ground. Officials said at least eight companies (100 personnel each) of central armed police were present on the ground, besides the Delhi Police.

However, Delhi minister and Babarpur MLA Gopal Rai tweeted that rioting was continuing at night in his constituency. "There is an atmosphere of terror in Babarpur, rioters are roaming and setting fire but there is no police force. I am calling the police commissioner Amulya Patnaik but he is not receiving his call. I urge Delhi LG and Home Minister to immediately deploy police force," Sisodia tweeted at around 10 pm.

Delhi government ordered the closure of all private and government schools in Northeast Delhi district will remain closed on Tuesday in the wake of the violence. A protestor fired multiple rounds in the air as a policeman was seen trying to stop him. The man is yet to be identified.

In Maujpur, pro and anti-CAA protesters indulged in stone-pelting and at least three vehicles were torched. Even closed shops were vandalised. At least one house was set on fire and plumes of smoke bellowed from the balcony. Pro-CAA protestors were also seen gheraoing and assaulting a man at Maujpur. Blood was oozing from his head, while some of the attackers raised provocative slogans. A petrol pump and two school buses were torched at Bhajanpura-Yamuna Vihar border during the rampage by the protestors.

Police have imposed section 144 of the CrPC, which prohibits assembly of four or more people, in areas affected by violence in northeast Delhi. Vehicular traffic remained restricted on road number 59, which leads to Bhajanpura on one side and Ghaziabad via Gokulpuri flyover on the other side, causing inconvenience to commuters and locals, including students. At Gokalpuri, protestors resorted to stone-pelting in which Head Constable Ratan Lal was killed. At Bhajanpura Chowk, a fire tender was damaged by the protesters after it responded to an emergency call in the area.

Violence had occurred on Sunday also over the amended citizenship law near Jaffrabad over blocking off the road by anti-CAA protesters, while similar sit-ins were launched in several other parts of the national capital including Hauz Rani. The situation had escalated after BJP leader Kapil Mishra called a gathering on Sunday. Mishra demanded that police remove the anti-CAA protestors within three days.

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