Thirteen people have been killed and more than 150 - including a child - injured as armed mobs rampaged through parts of northeast Delhi for a third consecutive day today, looting and burning buildings and vehicles as the government hosts US President Donald Trump and his family only 15 kilometres away.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, whose department said on Monday evening that the situation is under control, chaired a meeting with Delhi Police officials late this evening – his third in 24 hours – as the government tries to combat the violence and restore law and order in affected areas.
Mr Shah, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi Police have all issued appeals for peace.
Here are the live updates of the situation in northeast Delhi:
Delhi: Police disperse the people who had gathered outside Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence demanding action against #DelhiViolence and seeking restoration of peace. https://t.co/NWz03HQkQTpic.twitter.com/ybGwIw0cqo- ANI (@ANI) February 25, 2020
Union Min Harsh Vardhan visited Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital: I've been informed that 81 people were admitted to hospital y'day&69 today. Few of them have been discharged after treatment. Many are severely injured, I pray for their speedy recovery. (25.02) #DelhiViolencepic.twitter.com/P1CuusKt3P- ANI (@ANI) February 25, 2020
Delhi: Alumni Association of Jamia Millia Islamia (AAJMI) and Jamia Coordination Committee organise a demonstration outside Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence. People have gathered here demanding action against #DelhiViolence and seeking restoration of peace. pic.twitter.com/pwMwAZETPe- ANI (@ANI) February 25, 2020
"Some false information/news item has been circulating regarding damage to a mosque in Ashok Vihar area. It is to clarify that no such incident has taken place in the area of Ashok Vihar. Please do not spread false information," the Deputy Commissioner of Police of North West district said.
Delhi Police Special Commissioner Satish Golcha: The protesters have left the Jaffarabad metro station and the Maujpur Chowk is also clear. Now, 66 Futa road is absolutely clear of all protests. pic.twitter.com/Ahst5CZBI0- ANI (@ANI) February 25, 2020
MHA Sources: Home Minister Amit Shah held a long meeting that lasted for almost 3 hours with Delhi Police & Home Ministry officials. Newly appointed Special Commissioner of Police SN Srivastava also attended the meeting. It was the 3rd meeting chaired by HM in less than 24 hours. pic.twitter.com/rWwsDAkXP4- ANI (@ANI) February 25, 2020
Triggering point of the #DelhiViolence seems to be the inciting speech of @BJP4India leader @KapilMishra_IND. This actually qualifies for a sedition case as it was aimed at disturbing National peace & security. Police have to arrest him & bring normalcy in Delhi.- Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) February 25, 2020
Police have put barricades and sealed all the roads that lead to Ghaziabad from north east Delhi. Ajay Kumar Pandey, DM says,"keeping in mind the violence in Delhi we have sealed the borders. There is peace in our district. We have closed all the wine shops in the nearby areas." pic.twitter.com/Gd31NiJ2rr- ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 25, 2020
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia said that schools will remain closed tomorrow and all the home examinations have been postponed.
- 56 police personnel, 130 civilians were injured
- Sufficient force has been deployed
- Delhi police, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Rapid Action Force (RAF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) has been deployed. Delhi police has mobilied additional forces.
- Senior officers are in the control room and on the ground.
- I want to appeal people of Delhi not to take law into their hands.
- Miscreants and anti social elements will be tackled sternly.
- 11 FIRS have been registered.
- We are keeping a vigil using drones.
दिल्ली की सातवीं विधान सभा के प्रथम सत्र में अभिभाषण।- LG Delhi (@LtGovDelhi) February 25, 2020
मैं माननीय सदस्यों से आग्रह करता हूँ कि नागरिकों के जीवन स्तर को उन्नत बनाने का हरसंभव प्रयास करें।
मैं आप सब के द्वारा दिल्ली के समस्त नागरिकों से शांति, कानूनव्यवस्था व सांप्रदायिक सौहार्द्र बनायें रखने की अपील करता हूँ।
Ambulances with paramedical staff is deployed around Maujpur, kardampuri and other North eastern areas which can be reached out on the dial of 102.- AAP (@AamAadmiParty) February 25, 2020
Delhi Govt Health Department is there for assistance. https://t.co/hfU97PIJjy
Speaking about the violence in northeast Delhi, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram today alleged that people are paying the price for putting in power "insensitive and shortsighted" leaders.
- Appeal to all Delhites to maintain peace.
- We are worried about the violence in Northeast Delhi. It is very unfortunate
- Hospitals, fire department instructed to be alert
- Appeal to temples and mosques in affected areas to maintain peace
- Have given directions to district magistrate to take out peace march with the police
मुख्यमंत्री जी के नेतृत्व में मुख्यमंत्री आवास पर विधायकों और अधिकारियों के साथ दिल्ली की कानून व्यवस्था पर चर्चा करते हुए। pic.twitter.com/DXPZWcIYal- Gopal Rai (@AapKaGopalRai) February 25, 2020
The move came after the home minister reviewed the law and order situation in the national capital on Monday night as violence rocked Northeast Delhi.
Am v worried abt prevailing situation in certain parts of Del. All of us together shud make all efforts to restore peace in our city. I again urge everyone to shun violence- Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 25, 2020
Am meeting all MLAs (of all parties) of affected areas along wid senior officials in a while
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on late Tuesday night held a meeting with senior Delhi Police officers and top Home Ministry officials on the law and order situation in Delhi.
The meeting was held late Monday night after Mr Shah's return from Ahmedabad, where he had attended the ''Namaste Trump'' event addressed by US President Donald Trump.
Mr Shah reviewed the law and order situation in Delhi and directed officials to restore normalcy at the earliest, a Home Ministry official said.
While stones are being thrown in several northeast Delhi neighborhoods such as Maujpur, the fire department has been getting more SOS calls.
Three firefighters have been injured after a group of people set a fire engine ablaze and threw stones at another.
"From forenoon till around 4 pm on 25 February, traffic is likely to remain heavy in the areas of Moti Bagh, Chanakyapuri, India Gate, areas around ITO, Delhi Gate and adjoining areas of central and New Delhi," the traffic police said. "...Citizens may also contact traffic police in its 24x7 helpline No. +91-11-25844444 in case of any inconvenience," it said.
"Owing to security reasons, during the evening hours on 24 February, traffic in areas of Delhi Cantonment, Delhi-Gurgaon Road (NH 48), Dhaula Kuan, Chanakyapuri, SP Marg, RML roundabout, and adjoining areas are likely to remain heavy. Necessary diversions as per the ground situation may also be put in place," the Delhi Traffic Police tweeted.
The Delhi Traffic Police have issued an advisory to commuters to avoid some roads and warned of heavy traffic jams "owing to security reasons". Clashes broke out in northeast Delhi areas on Monday between those who support the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and those who are protesting against the law. US President Donald Trump and his family are also in Delhi.