Clashes and riots that were fueled by the pro & anti-CAA protestors carried on for the third day on Tuesday in the northeastern part of Delhi. The number of casualties have increased to 13. According to their families most of the deaths were due to the gunshot wounds suffered by the casualties.
Reports later on came from Guru Teg Bahadur(GTB) hospital that four more bodies have been brought to the hospital premesis and the total number of deaths have now risen to 17 in total.
Mobs with lathis roamed in the streets of northeast Delhi, attacking all the shops on their way and burning vehicles even as Delhi police PRO M.S. Randhawa claimed that the “situation was under control”. Rioters also opened fire and threw stones at each other.
Section 144 has been imposed in various areas like Maujpur, Jaffarabad, Chandbagh and Karawal Nagar. Shoot at sight orders has also been issued in various parts of northeast Delhi. Police sources said that the anti-CAA protest site in the troubled area has also been “cleared”.
Dr. Sunil Kumar who is the medical director of Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital, said 57 persons were admitted on Tuesday, taking the total brought there to 150. “About 20 of the injured are in a serious condition. Many have sustained firearm injuries.”
Newly re-elected Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met the victims at GTB Hospital and MAX Hospital and later said that the “madness must end immediately”.
In the previous days, Mr. Kejriwal has also met with Home Minister Amit Shah to discuss restoration of peace in the capital of country. “The meeting with HM Amit Shah was positive and it was decided that all parties will rise above party politics and take steps to restore peace,” he told media. “The police are doing their bit and the HM has assured that whatever force is needed will be provided when we told him about some MLAs saying the police deployment was less than adequate.”