At least 25 dead in Northeast Delhi violence as HC steps in: Top 10 updates

Security personnel conducting flag-march in Babarpur area. Photo: ANI
At least 25 people have been killed in the Delhi during violent clashes between Hindu and Muslim groups over Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), according to GTB Hospital authorities, although there was an eerie calm on Wednesday in the riot-torn areas.

"There are 15 patients in critical condition," the hospital official from the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital said, adding a total of 20 people had now died at the facility. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal the situation has become "alarming" and asked the Centre to bring in the Army.

The Supreme court is scheduled to hear pleas claiming BJP's Kapil Mishra incited violence later in the day.

Here are the top 10 developments on Delhi violence

1. The Delhi High Court Wednesday directed the police to take "conscious decision" with respect to lodging of FIRs against alleged hate speeches by three BJP leaders in connection with the CAA violence and convey by Thursday. The three BJP leaders are -- Kapil Mishra, Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma. A bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Anup J Bhambhani took on record the assurance by special commissioner Praveer Ranjan that he will sit with the police commissioner today itself and view all video clips and take a conscious decision on lodging of FIRS.

2. Important that calm and normalcy is restored at earliest: PM Modi

Three days of violent attacks in Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reacted to the development saying, "police, other agencies working on ground to ensure normalcy."

Peace, harmony central to our ethos, I appeal to sisters, brothers of Delhi to maintain peace and brotherhood, Modi said.

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.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 26, 2020

3. Amit Shah should resign, says Sonia Gandhi 

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday said the Centre and the Delhi government were responsible for the deadly communal violence in the national capital.

Addressing a press conference after chairing a Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, she said there was a conspiracy behind the violence and tragic incidents in Delhi.

"The conspiracy was witnessed during Delhi polls and BJP leaders gave hate speeches creating atmosphere of fear and hatred," she said.

The Centre, home minister and the Delhi government are responsible for the situation in the national capital, the Congress chief said.

Union Home Minister Shah must take responsibility for the violence in Delhi and resign, she said.

4. Death toll in northeast Delhi violence rises to 22

The death toll in northeast Delhi communal violence over the amended citizenship law rose to 22 on Wednesday, according to GTB Hospital authorities. On Tuesday, the death toll was 13.

5. Situation 'alarming'; Army should be called in, says Kejriwal

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said the Army should be called in as police is unable to control the situation despite all its efforts following the violence in parts of northeast Delhi.

The chief minister said the situation has become "alarming", adding that he is writing to Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

6. HC directs Delhi police to respond by 12:30 pm on plea

The Delhi High Court directed police to respond by 12:30 pm on Wednesday to a plea seeking lodging of FIRs and arrests of those involved in the ongoing communal violence in parts of northeast Delhi over CAA.

A bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Talwant Singh said a senior-level police officer, who is aware of the facts, should be present before it at 12:30 pm with instructions.

7. Delhi violence: SC rebukes police

The Supreme Court on Wednesday reprimanded Delhi Police for the clashes in Delhi and termed unfortunate the incidents of violence in the national capital but refused entertain pleas on them.

A bench comprising Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph said it will not expand the scope of petitions filed in connection with the protests at Shaheen Bagh by looking into the pleas on violence.

"These things would not have happened had police not allowed instigators to get away," the bench said, while referring to the incidents of violence.

Police doesn't have to wait for orders if someone makes inflammatory statements but act in accordance with law, the court said. Justice Joseph also said there was lack of professionalism on part of the police.

Reacting to the violence, US Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal said the "deadly surge of religious intolerance in India is horrifying".

"Democracies should not tolerate division and discrimination or promote laws that undermine religious freedom," she said in a tweet, adding that the "world is watching".

Congressman Alan Lowenthal too termed the violence a "tragic failure of moral leadership".

"We must speak out in the face of threats to human rights in India," he said.

"As President Trump toured India's capital, at least 11 people were killed in communal clashes that have upended a working-class neighborhood," The New York Times said.

CBSE has postponed Class 10, 12 exams in northeast Delhi scheduled today while exams will be held in remaining areas as per schedule. The new dates will be notified shortly, CBSE said.

10. Congress condemns Delhi violence, accuses Centre of not paying attention

Whether the violence in East Delhi was instigated or spontaneous, the government has a duty to end the violence, said former Union Minister P Chidambaram. In a series of tweets, he said the violence has continued since Monday and even now there are incidents of violence. It shows the colossal failure of the Delhi Police. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh also urged Amit Shah and Arvind Kejriwal to sit together and resolve the "crisis" in the national capital.

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "Delhi's condition is extremely bad. It is saddening as it is India's capital. I regret that the government is not taking paying attention to it."

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