Northeast Delhi Violence: The death toll due to violence in northeast Delhi has climbed to 20 on Wednesday, with at least 250 people injured. Sunil Kumar Gautam Medical Superintendent, Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital said that “Out of all the people that were brought to the hospital 189 are injured and 20 are dead.”
For three days, the national capital witnessed violence as a group of men roamed in parts of northeast Delhi with sticks and rods, setting homes and shops owned by Muslims on fire. Most of the victims including a Head constable Ratan Lal died due to the violence. On Wednesday, the Delhi High Court directed the police not to wait for the court orders and to take action to control the situation.
A bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Talwant Singh issued a notice to the Commissioner of Delhi Police Amulya Patnaik, seeking a response on the action taken against those inciting violence in the national capital by 12:30 pm on the same day.
The court was hearing a petition seeking a judicial inquiry and registration of FIRs against three BJP leaders – Anurag Thakur, Parvesh Sahib Singh, and Kapil Mishra – for making provocative remark against the anti-CAA protestors. Meanwhile, 67 companies of paramilitary personnel and police were deployed in the violence-hit areas to bring the situation under control.
According to the information, around 20 people have been detained for violence. Also, shoot-at-sight orders have been issued. Likewise, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote to Union Minister Amit Shah asking for Army deployment to control the alarming situation.
Taking it to Twitter, Kejriwal wrote: “I have been in touch with a large number of people the whole night. The situation is alarming. Police, despite all its efforts, unable to control the situation and instill confidence. The army should be called in and curfew imposed in the rest of the affected areas immediately. I am writing to Hon’ble Home Minister to this effect.”