NEW DELHI : Sangh Parivar gangs hit streets to push back anti-CAA protesters in Delhi, leading to widespread clashes in which five have lost their lives so far. Those deceased include 4 locals and one police man. Prohibitory orders are clamped in 10 areas of the capital. In view of violence escalating, schools and educational institutions have declared holidays and postponed their exams. Some of the injured are in critical condition. Five metro stations are under lockdown.
Assailants ask for names before launching violent attack, said several victims adding that, police are acting in complicity with the attackers. Protesters, CRPF personnel and policemen have sustained wounds in the violence. Police carried out flag march in the area today.
Meanwhile, a high-level meeting helmed by Union home Minister Amit Shah is slated to take place today. The meeting will take stock of the situation prevalent in Delhi. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has also called emergency meeting on the crisis.
Mobs continue pelting stones at houses and shops is several parts of the city. A meeting of top police brass is being convened by City Police Commissioner. Reinforcements have been summoned to bring the situation under control and ensure safety for lives, said Union Home Secretary Ajay Ballah.
Clashes between pro and anti-CAA groups broke out at Bajanpur and Maujpur. Footages show assailants stand among policemen and open fire at protesters. The escalation comes amid heightened security arrangements for Trump’s visit to the Capital.
At Chandbaug, police head constable attached to Asst. Commissioner’s office, had died after sustaining head injuries in a stone-pelting incident.
The violence that began Sunday started after Kapil Mishra arrived at Jaffrabad where women sat-in for indefinite road picketing. Later that evening, Mishra organized pro-CAA demonstrations close to the picketing venue. If the protesters were not vacated by police in 3-days time, we shall take to streets and become unstoppable, he declared. This is the beginning of Sangh Parivar’s strategy for sparking violence that continues unabated up to now.
Corporation authorities at Jamia have lodged complaint against Mishra for inciting violence via his provocative call. The complaint demands immediate arrest of Mishra. Incidentally, the gunman Muhammad Sharooqh, who opened fire on cops amid clashes, has been arrested by Delhi police.