DELHI VIOLENCE ENTERS DAY 4: Toll 27, PM calls for peace
New Delhi, Feb
26: In his first reaction to incidents of violence in Delhi, Prime Minister
Narendra Modi on Wednesday appealed for peace and brotherhood, and said he has
held an extensive review of the prevailing situation in various parts of the
national capital. He also said it was important that calm and normalcy was
restored at the earliest.
“Had an extensive
review on the situation prevailing in various parts of Delhi. Police and other
agencies are working on the ground to ensure peace and normalcy,” Modi tweeted.
harmony are central to our ethos. I appeal to my sisters and brothers of Delhi
to maintain peace and brotherhood at all times,” he added.
At least 27
people have been killed in communal violence in north east Delhi for the last
The situation in
riot-hit northeast Delhi “is under control”, National Security Advisor Ajit
Doval said after he held a meeting with senior officials of the Delhi Police
and visited some of the affected areas on Wednesday afternoon.
At least 27
people have been killed and over 200 injured in communal violence that broke
out in northeast Delhi three days ago. Jaffrabad, Maujpur, Babarpur, Yamuna
Vihar, Bhajanpura, Chand Bagh, Shiv Vihar are among the areas mainly affected
by the riots.
Doval, who has
been tasked with checking the violence, held a meeting with the top brass of
the Delhi Police at the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police (northeast)
Commissioner of Police (Crime) Mandeep Singh Randhawa, newly-appointed special
CP S N Shrivastava, Special CP (Law and Order) Satisha Golcha and DCP of
northeast Delhi Ved Prakash Arya were among those present in the meeting that
lasted just over 30 minutes.
This was Doval’s
second visit to the office. He had visited the office and met senior officers
on late night on Tuesday.
meeting, Doval went to Jaffrabad and Maujpur to take stock of the situation. He
interacted with locals and assured them about ensuring peace in the area.
“The situation is
under control and people are satisfied. We have confidence in law enforcement
agencies. Police is doing their job and is alert,” he told reporters.
Time for all to lower temperatures: SC
New Delhi, Feb
26: The Supreme Court has deferred the hearing on petitions to remove the
anti-citizenship law protesters from Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh to March 23, saying
it’s “time for all parties to lower temperatures”. The top court made
the remarks as parts of northeast Delhi witnessed unprecedented violence, with
27 killed and at least 200 injured in clashes.
seen the report of the interlocutors. We don’t want to discuss it here. We want
to defer it. The environment is not conducive…let the police and the system
work,” Justice Sanjay Kaul said.
bench of the top court also disposed a petition by a Shaheen Bagh resident,
Bahadur Abbas Naqvi, seeking court-monitored probe into the violence sweeping
parts of northeast Delhi, saying that the Delhi High Court is already hearing
Sanjay Hegde and Sadhana Ramachandran, who were named as mediators by the
Supreme Court earlier this month, were tasked with persuading the Shaheen Bagh
protesters to continue their agitation in another location, so the road can
reopen and commuters do not face problems. The interlocutors had submitted
their report to the court in a sealed cover on Monday.
Wednesday’s hearing on the Shaheen Bagh matter, the Supreme Court made some
strong observations on Delhi Police over the clashes in northeast Delhi.
“There was lack of professionalism on part of police,” Justice KM
Joseph said. “If the law was strictly implemented, these things would not
have happened,” he said.
doesn’t have to wait for orders if someone makes inflammatory statements but
act in accordance with law,” the Supreme Court said.
also gave the example of police in the US and the UK, and said the force has to
act professionally as per law if something goes wrong. He added that the
remarks are made not in adversarial context but to ensure that law and order is
The Shaheen Bagh
protests have made headlines worldwide and inspired protests across the
country. Hundreds of men, women and children have been protesting on the road
for over a month against the CAA, which makes religion a test of citizenship
and which critics say discriminates against Muslim.
One of the
petitions in the Supreme Court stated that demonstrators are illegally
protesting against the citizenship law by blocking the common and public road
connecting Delhi to Noida. (Agencies)
Can’t allow repeat of 1984: Delhi HC
New Delhi, Feb
26: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday expressed concern over the delay in
action by the law enforcement agencies in containing violence in north-east
Delhi, which claimed at least 27 lives and left hundreds injured.
more lives have to be lost? How many properties have to be destroyed,”
asked the High Court, while questioning the delay in action by the law
A division bench
of Justice Muralidhar and Justice Talwant Singh, while hearing the plea seeking
a judicial enquiry into the violence and registration of FIR against BJP
leaders Kapil Mishra, Anurag Thakur and Pravesh Verma for allegedly making hate
speeches, adjourned the matter till tomorrow.
The HC also said
that it will take up each and every clip where anyone has incited violence in Delhi
and will not let a repeat of 1984 happen. “This city has seen more than
enough violence. No more!,” added the Court.
The HC directed
the Delhi Police to examine the videos related to hate speeches by political
leaders, which allegedly led to violence in northeast Delhi, and take a
decision in the matter.
The High Court
directed the Special Commissioner of Police to sit with the Commissioner in
view of all these clips and make a conscious decision and convey it to the
court by 2:15 pm tomorrow.
The court also
enquired about the name of the officer, who is seen in the video of Kapil
The videos of
alleged hate speech by Union Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur, BJP
MP Parvesh Verma, and local BJP leader Abhay Verma were also played in the
Gonsalves, appearing for the petitioner Harsh Mander, argued that these people
are the senior leaders of their political parties and said this is not just an
opinion but the government policy.
On the prayer of
Army’s deployment in the violence-affected area, the court said that it doesn’t
want to enter into the question of Army deployment and shifted the focus on the
issue of registration of FIR.
they select just three clips out of thousands of clips being circulated on the
line? What is this selective outrage?… Please do not allow demoralisation of
the forces. What do they think the police is doing? Are they at the protest
site for a picnic?” said Solicitor General Tushar Mehta.
Mehta said that
the petitioner is unable to define why this petition is focusing on particular
these three video clips.
The Delhi Police
informed the court that 11 FIRs have been registered in connection with the
violence and they will examine all aspects of the violence. (Agencies)
UN chief closely following situation
Feb 26: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday
expressed concern over the clashes over the Citizenship Amendment Act in Delhi,
continued to simmer in and around North East Delhi for the fourth consecutive
day as the toll from the violence rose to 27, with over 200 people injured. In
some cases, the police have been accused of either inaction or complicity in
the violence against large-scale attacks mostly on Muslim neighbourhoods. The
Supreme Court and Delhi High Court castigated the police for inaction during
“I think it’s
very important that demonstrators be allowed to demonstrate peacefully and that
security forces show restraint,” Guterres’ spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said
in a daily press briefing. “This is the secretary general’s constant position.”
When asked if the
United Nations was monitoring the situation, Dujarric said: “Yes, we’re
obviously following it closely.”
Narendra Modi, in his first reaction to the violence that began on Sunday,
appealed for peace and calm in Delhi. He said he has reviewed the situation and
that security forces have been working towards ensuring “normalcy”.
began after huge groups of people supporting the Citizenship Amendment Act
clashed with those opposing it. Bharatiya Janata Party leader Kapil Mishra is
accused of instigating people after he gave a three-day ultimatum to the Delhi
Police to ensure that the streets of Jaffrabad and Chand Bagh were cleared of
those protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act. The protestors had been
sitting outside the Jaffrabad metro station in North East Delhi since Saturday
night as they emulated the two-month-old Shaheen Bagh demonstration in South
Delhi, where women have also blocked a road to protest against the Citizenship
Amendment Act, the National Population Register and the National Register of