Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday appealed for calm amid violence in the northeast Delhi. The violence has claimed the lives of seven people including a Delhi police head constable. The clash erupted between the groups of anti and pro-CAA protestors.
“I appeal to all Delhites to maintain peace. We are worried about the violence in Northeast Delhi. Several policemen and civilians were injured and some lost their lives. There are several houses were set ablaze and shops were damaged. It is very unfortunate,” he said.
Meanwhile, Delhi CM said that “MLAs of the affected areas informed me that there is a severe shortage of police force and police can’t take action till they receive orders from the top. I have asked the District Magistrates to take out peace march with police in these areas.”
“The hospital authorities have been asked to be prepared and provide quality medical aid to the injured people. Also, the Fire department has been asked to coordinate with police and reach the affected areas on time,” he added.
Adding, Arvind Kejriwal said that “In the meeting, the MLAs of the border areas have said that people are coming from outside. There is a need to seal the borders and do preventive arrests.”
Meanwhile, 35 companies of paramilitary forces have been deployed in Northeast Delhi along with with the Special Cell, Crime Branch and Economic Offences Wing (EOW) officials. The local police from different districts of Delhi have also been called in. Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah chaired a meeting with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Lt Governor Anil Baijal, Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik, Congress leader Subhash Chopra, BJP leaders Manoj Tiwari and Rambir Singh Bidhuri and others.
After meeting, Delhi CM said that “Everyone wants that the violence be stopped. The Home Minister had called a meeting today, it was a positive one. It was decided that all the political parties will ensure that peace returns to our city.”