A head constable of the Delhi Police on Monday died after suffering serious injuries in stone-pelting in Gokulpuri area of the national capital, the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) has confirmed. The constable, Ratan Lal, was the reader of the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Delhi Police. There was stone-pelting in Gokulpuri in which DCP Shahdara, Amit Sharma, was also injured.
The rioters also set fire to a petrol pump in the Bhajan Pura area. According to the fire brigade, a car was set on fire near the petrol pump after which some part of the petrol pump was also engulfed in the flames. The fire brigades present at the spot were also vandalised.
Some incidents of violence and arson have been reported in the areas of the North East District, particularly in the areas of Maujpur, Kardam Puri, Chand Bagh, and Dayalpur. Heavy stone-pelting is going on in Karmad Puri area and the police is constantly firing tear gas.
The Delhi Police Commissioner will give status report on current situation of Jaffarbad. He will meet Home Secretary at 6 pm.
Delhi Police has appealed to the people of Delhi and particularly to the North East District to maintain peace and harmony and not to believe in any false rumors. It is also appealed to the media not to circulate any disturbing pictures which may further aggravate the situation.
The police is making every effort to restore normalcy. Section 144 has been imposed in the affected areas of the North East district and strict action will be taken against miscreants and anti social elements.
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.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 24, 2020
After the violence erupted, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, "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."
सभी दिल्लीवासियों से अपील है कि शांति बनाए रखें. हिंसा में सबका नुक़सान है. हिंसा की आग सबको ऐसा नुक़सान पहुँचाती है जिसकी भरपाई कभी नहीं हो पाती.
— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) February 24, 2020
Delhi Minister Gopal Rai tweeted, "Instructed Delhi Police and CP Delhi to ensure that law and order is maintained in North East Delhi. The situation is being closely monitored. I urge everyone to exercise restraint for the maintenance of peace and harmony."
सभी से हाथ जोड़कर विनती है कि शांति व्यवस्था बनाए रखें। pic.twitter.com/ZyavxyuufW
— Gopal Rai (@AapKaGopalRai) February 24, 2020
In New Delhi's Maujpur, stone-pelting between pro and anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters started on Monday with people from both sides pelting stones at each other. Police personnel deployed at the spot lobbed tear gas shells to disperse the rampaging mob. Hundreds of people from both groups are still on the road and senior officers of Delhi Police are trying to bring the situation under control through dialogue. The miscreants also pelted stones at some of the homes.
Notably, Maujpur had witnessed massive stone-pelting on February 23 too. The situation turned violent on Sunday after BJP leader Kapil Mishra arrived at Maujpur Chowk.
Sources told Zee Media that stone-pelting between pro and anti-CAA protesters also took place at Jaffarabad. Some miscreants also set an auto and some vehicles on fire. The stone-pelters also burnt a fire brigade vehicle in Bhajanpura. Some shops were also vandalised in Maujpur.