Arvind Kejriwal requested that police force be increased in affected areas and powers be given to it to take necessary action to contain violence. (Photo Credit: IANS)
As the death count in the communal violence over the amended citizenship law mounted to 13, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has requested Union Home Minister Amit Shah to increase police force in violence-affected areas in northeast Delhi. The chief minister also held a meeting with AAP MLAs and officials to discuss measures to restore peace. Earlier, attending an all-party meeting convened by Shah, Kejriwal requested that police force be increased in affected areas and powers be given to it to take necessary action to contain violence.
He also visited the family of Delhi Police Head Constable Ratan Lal who was killed in violence on Monday. The chief minister faced protests as a crowd gathered outside Lal’s house in Burari and raised slogans asking him to go back.
"Violence can solve nothing. The people of Delhi should maintain calm and peace," Kejriwal urged on more than one occasion.
After overnight incidents of arson, on Tuesday, 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.
(With PTI Inputs)