Delhi violence orchestrated with Trump’s visit to India, says Minister G Kishan Reddy – Updates

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Updated:Feb 24, 2020 10:33:05 pm

A Delhi Police head constable was killed during clashes over the new citizenship law in northeast Delhi on Monday.

Stone pelting at Maujpur-Babarpur Metro Station after clashes between pro and anti-CAA protestors. (Express photo by Amit Mehra)

Delhi Violence Updates: Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy on monday said that violence in North-East Delhi was orchestrated with an eye on US President Donald Trump’s ongoing visit to India. He said his goverment will take strict action against those responsible for the violence in the national capital. The minister said that the MHA was monitoring the situation.

Earlier today, a Delhi Police head constable who received injuries during ongoing clashes around the Citizenship Amendment Act has succumbed to injuries. He has been identified as Ratan Lal. He was attached to the office of the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Gokulpuri. The violence coincides with US President Donald Trump’s visit to India. Trump has reached Delhi. He will hold bilateral talks with PM Narendra Modi in Delhi on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal have appealed for calm after violent clashes erupted in Jaffrabad and adjoining areas of the national capital. Urging people to exercise restraint, L-G Baijal said that he has instructed Delhi Police and its Commissioner to ensure that law and order is maintained in North East Delhi.

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    21:47 (IST)24 Feb 2020
    Delhi violence: Trying to maintain law and order, Special Commissioner of Police

    Special Commissioner of Police (Crime) Satish Golcha says that the police are trying to maintain law and order. "We have been requesting everyone to come forward to support the Delhi Police in maintaining law and order. Our officers are holding foot marches and appealing gatherings to peacefully disperse," he adds. 

    20:16 (IST)24 Feb 2020
    Delhi violence: Do not appear to be helpless, Ajay Maken to Arvind Kejriwal

    Congress leader Ajay Maken advises Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal not to appear as helpless when protests over CAA is turning violent. In a series of tweets, he asks Kejriwal to immediately establish a helpline directly for any complaint of police inaction or that of violence-to be monitored. Maken also says that Kejriwal should immediately call an all-party meeting, take suggestions and work across political parties to restore normalcy in troubled areas.

    19:38 (IST)24 Feb 2020
    Delhi violence: Govt will never tolerate violence, says Minister of State for Home

    Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy says that violence in North-East Delhi orchestrated with an eye on US President's visit to India. He condemns the violence. He adds that the government will never tolerate violence and strict action against those responsible will be taken. The MHA is monitoring the situation, he says.

    18:50 (IST)24 Feb 2020
    Delhi violence: Violence can never be justified, says Rahul Gandhi

    Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi says the violence today in Delhi is disturbing and must be unequivocally condemned. He adds peaceful protests are a sign of a healthy democracy, but violence can never be justified. "I urge the citizens of Delhi to show restraint, compassion and understanding no matter what the provocation," Gandhi says.

    18:31 (IST)24 Feb 2020
    Delhi violence: Situation is under control, says Home Secretary

    Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla says that "senior officers are in the field, sufficient forces have been deployed. The situation is under control".

    18:30 (IST)24 Feb 2020
    Delhi Police stationed at strategically located areas

    Joint Police Commissioner-Eastern Range Alok Kumar says that police are stationed at strategically located areas where there is a potential of disturbance like Jafrabad, Seelampur, Maujpur, Gautampuri, Bhajanpura, Chand Bagh, Mustafabad, Wazirabad, Shiv Vihar. 

    17:56 (IST)24 Feb 2020
    Delhi violence: Congress attacks Centre, says Delhi Police failed to control law and order

    Delhi violence: The Congress attacks the central government for violence during a protest over CAA. In a tweet, the Congress says, "Delhi Police, under Home Ministry, has completely failed to control law & order. BJP leaders have been openly giving hate speech & threats but no action is being taken. Such comments can only be made with the complicity of senior party leaders and the police."

    17:32 (IST)24 Feb 2020
    Violence at Maujpur-babrpur: Entry and exit gates of nearby metro stations closed

    Delhi violence: Entry and exit gates of Jaffrabad, Maujpur-Babarpur, Gokulpuri, Johri Enclave, and Shiv Vihar metro stations are closed following violence in the North-East district. Trains will terminate at the Welcome metro station.

    16:59 (IST)24 Feb 2020
    Delhi violence latest news: AAP's Gopal Rai urges people to maintain peace

    Delhi minister and Babarpur MLA Gopal Rai on Monday urged the people in the area to maintain peace in the wake of clashes over the new citizenship law, saying some people were purposely trying to disturb the atmosphere. "With folded hands, I request people in Babarpur Assembly to maintain peace. Some people are purposely trying to spoil the atmosphere. I have spoken to Delhi LG and he has assured me that more policemen will be deployed to bring the situation under control," Rai said in a tweet.

    16:58 (IST)24 Feb 2020
    Delhi violence: Shahdara DCP Amit Sharma injured

    News agency PTI reported that DCP Shahdara Amit Sharma injured during clashes. He has been hospitalised.

    16:57 (IST)24 Feb 2020
    Several cops injured in clashes: Report

    A PTI report said that several police personnel have been injured in the clashes. Several vehicles, shops and houses were torched. This comes a day after clashes broke out between those against and for the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

    16:51 (IST)24 Feb 2020
    Delhi violence: Section 144 imposed in parts of North East district

    Delhi Police said Section 144 has been imposed in the affected areas of the North East district and strict action will be taken against miscreants and anti-social elements.

    16:50 (IST)24 Feb 2020
    Delhi Police issues statement

    Delhi Police has made an appeal. It said, "Some incidents of violence and arson have been reported in the areas of North East District, particularly in the areas of Maujpur, Kardampuri, Chand Bagh and Dayalpur. It is appealed to the people to maintain peace and harmony & not to believe in any false rumors"

    16:43 (IST)24 Feb 2020
    Delhi violence: Protesters torch several vehicles, two houses

    According to a report in PTI, protesters torched several vehicles and two houses. Violence was also reported from the Chandbadh area. A fire tender was also damaged by the protesters.

    16:40 (IST)24 Feb 2020
    Situation in northeast Delhi under control: Police

    Ved Prakash Surya, DCP (North-East), said, "We have spoken to both sides, now the situation is calm. We are continuously speaking to people, now the situation is under control."

    16:39 (IST)24 Feb 2020
    Violence in northeast Delhi between two groups over CAA

    Tension escalated in northeast Delhi after protesters torched at least two houses and a fire tender in the Jaffrabad and Maujpur areas. Pro and anti-CAA groups clashed for the second consecutive day on Monday. They pelted stones at each other.

    16:36 (IST)24 Feb 2020
    Delhi violence latest news: L-G Anil Baijal urge everyone to exercise restraint

    Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal said, "Instructed Delhi Police and Commissioner of Police to ensure that law and order is maintained in North East Delhi. The situation is being closely monitored. I urge everyone to exercise restraint for the maintenance of peace and harmony."

    16:34 (IST)24 Feb 2020
    Delhi violence update: CM Arvind Kejriwal appeals for

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has urged Lt Governor Anil Baijal and Union Home Minister Amit Shah to restore law and order in the wake of violence in parts of northeast Delhi during protests for and against the new citizenship law. "Very distressing news regarding disturbance of peace and harmony in parts of Delhi coming in. I sincerely urge Hon'ble LG n Hon'ble Union Home Minister to restore law and order n ensure that peace and harmony is maintained. Nobody should be allowed to orchestrate flagrations," he tweeted.

    16:29 (IST)24 Feb 2020
    Delhi violence: Head constable killed during clashes over CAA

    A Delhi Police head constable was killed during clashes over the new citizenship law in northeast Delhi on Monday, news agency PTI reported. Ratan Lal was attached to the office of the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Gokulpuri, he said.

    Tension escalated in northeast Delhi with protesters torching at least two houses and a fire tender in the Jaffrabad and Maujpur areas, where pro and anti-CAA groups clashed for the second consecutive day on Monday and hurled stones at each other. Violence was also reported from the Chandbagh area in Jaffrabad.
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