Delhi violence: Head constable killed near Bhajanpura

Violence continues at Bhajanpura, Maujpur and Jaffrabad neighbourhoods of northeast Delhi, with stone pelting between pro and anti CAA groups. A Delhi police head constable Ratan Lal has been killed in Gokulpuri, about 3 KM from Bhajanpura according to NDTV reports. It is also reported that a DCP has suffered major injuries in the violence, and is presently under treatment. It is also suspected that the violence is spreading.

US President Donald Trump is scheduled to reach the national capital on monday evening, though his routes and places of vist are far from the clash sites at present.

Videos that have emerged from the clash sites show an autorickshaw on fire, while others show buildings burning. In another video a man dressed in a red shirt can be seen running towards an unarmed Delhi Police officer waving what appears to be a gun; he approaches the cop before turning and firing into the air.

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. Police fired tear gas shells and also resorted to lathicharge to disperse the protesters. According to officials, a fire tender was damaged by the protesters after it responded to a fire call in the area.

Videos from the area which circulated on Instagram and Twitter showed hundreds of protesters gathered out on road in the area, some with India flags, and trying to make a human chain amid heavy police presence, apparently in order to fend pro-CAA agitators. The videos also showed column of smoke high in the sky emerging from the remnants of vehicles and other goods set on fire.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed to lieutenant-governor Anil Baijal and Union home minister Amit Shah to restore the law and order situation in northeast Delhi.

“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,” Kejriwal tweeted.

Swaraj Abhiyan leader and academic Yogendra Yadav too made an appeal to the Delhi Police commissioner to take stock of the situation in Chandbagh area where he feared an “escalation of violence”.

The Delhi Metro closed entry and exit at the Jaffrabad and Maujpur-Babarpur stations as an uneasy calm prevailed in the area. “Entry & exit of Jaffrabad and Maujpur-Babarpur are closed. Trains will not be halting at these stations,” the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said in a tweet.

A pro-CAA mob clashed with the anti-CAA protesters gathered at the Jaffarabad metro station on Sunday afternoon, demanding that they vacate the area for public convenience.

A number of vehicles were set on fire during the clash on old Seelampur road which leads to Jaffarabad, Chandbagh and Kardampuri. Northeast Delhi has been witnessing several anti-CAA protests a within a radius of about 8-10 km. One of them at Seelampur took a new turn last week when women of the area congregated under the Jaffarabad metro station on Pink Line in huge numbers  to organize a Shaheen Bagh-like sit-in.

Situation turned violent on Sunday afternoon when BJP leader Kapil Mishra decided to take a rally in favour of the citizenship Act with a horde of his supporters and gave an ultimatum to the people of the area to call off their protests and vacate the area. The two groups clashed after this and pelted stones at each other as the police tried to rein them in with use of force and tear gas.

A video shared by the leader known for making communal remarks against Muslims, showed him threatSening protesters to vacate the area. He said he will exercise restrain till the US President Donald Trump’s visit to India is over, after which they (his people) “will come out on the road and will not listen to you (the police) too”.

Source: The Telegraph India