Northeast Delhi has been witnessing violent communal clashes over the amended citizenship law, with the death toll rising to 27. The Delhi Police struggled to check the rioters who ran amok on streets in last few days
In a late-night development on Tuesday, NSA Ajit Doval visited the Seelampur area and took stock of the situation. According to the hospital authorities, more than 200 people, including 48 police personnel, have been injured and half of the civilians have suffered gunshot wounds, hospital authorities said.
Delhi violence Day three | As it happened:
10:31 pm: Delhi violence death toll reaches 27.
7:48 pm: Delhi Police says that 106 arrests have been made so far and 18 FIRs have been registered.
7:27 pm: US Embassy issues advisory to citizens in light of Delhi violence. "Exercise caution in light of violent demonstrations in Northeast Delhi," says the advisory.
7:18 pm: Delhi Police press conference ends
7:17 pm: "Situation is under control," says Delhi Police.
7:15 pm "Call us on 22829334 / 22829335 to inform about any problem," says Delhi Police
7:10 pm: Delhi Police press conference starts
6:50 pm: Delhi Police to hold press conference soon
6:10 pm: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval reaches Home Ministry to speak with Home Minister Amit Shah.
5:55 pm: "Let's stop politics of hate. Let's stop politics that makes brothers fight: Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi Assembly
5:52 pm: "Amid the carnage, there were several heartwarming stories. Hindu localities have protected Muslim families. Muslim localities protected Hindu families. These are our Delhiites," said Kejriwal in Delhi Assembly.
5:49 pm: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announces Rs 1 crore for dead policeman's family. He is speaking in Delhi Legislative Assembly. He also said that a member of his family will be given a government job.
5:10 pm: "Nobody needs to fear," Ajit Doval tells locals again and again.
5:07 pm: "Do not take law in your hands. Citizens need not worry at all," Ajit Doval consoles people in Maujpur.
5:06 pm: Ajit Doval meets locals in Maujpur to know about their problems.
4:43 pm: NSA Ajit Doval reaches Maujpur to take stock of situation.
4:33 pm: NSA Ajit Doval leaves the office of Northeast Delhi DCP.
4:30 pm: Delhi High Court adjourns hearing pertaining to Northeast Delhi violence till tomorrow. However, before adjournment, it strongly asked why there was no FIR against hate speech.
4:26 pm: Sunil Kumar, Medical Superintendent of GTB Hospital said that the hospital has treated 200 patients so far.
4:14 pm: Delhi High Court has inquired about name of the police officer who was seen with BJP leader Kapil MIshra in his clip
4:00 pm: NSA Ajit Doval reaches Northeast Delhi DCP office. Doval received by SN Srivastava, Special Commissioner (Law and Order), Satish Golcha, Special CP
03:20 pm: Death toll rises to 23. Forty-Four patients have been brought to LNJP Hospital so far. Of these 14 were brought on February 24 while 28 were brought on February 25. Two patients have passed away.
03:10 pm: Vegetable and milk prices in some pockets of the violence-hit northeast Delhi have gone up as shops remained shut amid a curfew-like situation in the region that witnessed at least 20 deaths in the last three days in clashes over the amended citizenship act.
03:08 pm: High Court appoints advocate Zubeda Begum as amicus curiae to coordinate between victims and various agencies
03:04 pm: High Court directs to set up helplines for immediate help for victims, private ambulances to be provided for safe passage of victims. Court also directs set up of shelters for rehabilitation along with basic facilities
02:51 pm: The death toll in Delhi has risen to 21.
02:44 pm: The Delhi High Court says, we cannot let another 1984 happen in this country; Not under the watch of this Court.
02:39 pm: UN chief Antonio Guterres is closely following the situation in New Delhi and stresses that demonstrators should be allowed to protest peacefully and security forces should show restraint, his spokesperson said.
02:16 pm: Sonia Gandhi's comments unfortunate; politicising violence, attacking the government on Delhi clashes dirty politics, says BJP's Prakash Javadekar
02:15 pm: Concerned over the deteriorating law and order situation in the national capital, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given to National Security Advisor Ajit Doval the mandate to restore normalcy in riot-hit northeast Delhi where at least 20 people have been killed in the communal violence, officials said on Wednesday.
02:11 pm: Congress president Sonia Gandhi's statement is unfortunate & condemnable. At such times all parties should ensure that peace is maintained, blaming the government instead is dirty politics. Politicising this violence is wrong, Union Minister and BJP leader Prakash Javadekar
02:04 pm: Violence-hit areas of Delhi under drone surveillance
02:03 pm: "Peace and harmony are central to our ethos. I appeal to my sisters and brothers of Delhi to maintain peace and brotherhood at all times. It is important that there is calm and normalcy is restored at the earliest," tweets Prime Minister Modi
02:01 pm: Prime Minister Narendra tweets on northeast Delhi violence, says "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.
01:58 pm: I appeal to the people of Delhi to not indulge in violence, exercise caution and maintain peace. We have told our workers in Uttar Pradesh to do all they can to maintain peace if violence spreads there, says Priyanka Gandhi
01:34 pm: Intel Officer's body found in drain in Delhi locality hit by clashes
01:33 pm: Delhi govt and CM have also failed to maintain peace; CWC believes situation grave, urgent action is required, says Sonia Gandhi
01:31 pm: Union Home Minister Amit Shah must take responsibility for violence in Delhi and resign, says Sonia Gandhi
01:29 pm: Emergency CWC meeting held over violence in Delhi; there is a conspiracy behind violence and tragic incidents. A conspiracy was witnessed during Delhi polls, BJP leaders gave hate speeches creating an atmosphere of fear, says Sonia Gandhi
01:28 pm: Extensive interaction with the local community is also helping to ease the anxiety. The situation is peaceful in these areas. Public requested not to pay heed to rumors, say police
01:27 pm: Police along with central paramilitary forces led by senior Delhi police officers are continuing extensive patrolling by foot and vehicles. This has helped in normalising the situation on the road no 66, Bharampuri road, Ghonda road of PS Jaffrabad, Welcome and Bhajanpura, say Delhi police
01:25 pm: Delhi Police officials meet Aman Committee in Usmanpur area of Shahdara
01:21 pm: Normalcy has returned in Northeast district to a large extent, senior officers are on rounds, extra forces have been given and a lot of confidence-building measures are being taken. Things being brought back to normal, says Delhi Commissioner of Police, Amulya Patnaik
01:18 pm: Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi addresses the media over Delhi violence
01:07 pm: High Court asks SG Tushar Mehta, DCP (Crime) if they have seen the video clip of BJP leader Kapil Mishra making hate speech; plays it in courtroom
01:05 pm: High Court says situation outside is very unpleasant
01:02 pm: SG urges court to implead Union of India as party in plea seeking lodging of FIRs, as issue relates to law and order
12:59 pm: SG Tushar Mehta urges the high court to hear the matter on Thursday, saying prayers made in the petition can wait till tomorrow
12:56 pm: Heated arguments between solicitor general, Delhi govt counsel in the high court on the issue of representing police commissioner
12:52 pm: 800 additional troops have been deployed to control the law and order situation in affected areas
12:49 pm: Delhi Police makes an announcement in Seelampur area
#WATCH Delhi Police makes an announcement in Seelampur area, "Ek mahine ke liye Section 144 laga di gai hai, yahan koi bhi vyakti nazar na aaye. Abhi tumhe pyar se bataya jaa raha hai, phir sakhti se bataya jayega. Dukane bandh kardo yahan" #DelhiViolence pic.twitter.com/BwYvFLXzM9— ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2020
12:42 pm: CRPF, Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), & Police conduct flag march at Bhagirathi Vihar in Gokulpuri
#WATCH Delhi: Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), & Police conduct flag march at Bhagirathi Vihar in Gokulpuri. #DelhiViolence pic.twitter.com/NH3IoPu6AE— ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2020
12:39 pm: Delhi High Court to hear Delhi violence matter shortly. The plea seeks an independent judicial inquiry into the violence in Maujpur, Jaffrabad and adjoining areas in North East Delhi
12:30 pm: Delhi Police release helpline numbers
12:19 pm: Police doesn't have to wait for orders if someone makes inflammatory statements but act in accordance with law, says Supreme Court
12:02 pm: Supreme Court tells SG not to misunderstand bench's views as it is making remarks keeping in mind long-term implications
12:01 pm: These things would not have happened had police not allowed instigators to get away, says Supreme Court
11:59 am: Justice Joseph gives example of police in US and UK, says force has to act professionally as per law if something goes wrong
11:57 am: Supreme Court Judge KM Joseph says there was a lack of professionalism on part of the police
11:53 am: Supreme Court says remarks are made not in adversarial context but to ensure law and order is maintained
11:51 am: Solicitor general asks Supreme Court not to make any adverse observations relating to Delhi violence as it will demoralise the police force
11:50 am: Supreme Court disposes applications relating to Delhi violence, says it is for HC to take note of the matter, says it is for law enforcing administration to ensure the environment is conducive
11:49 am: Congress leaders will march to Rashtrapati Bhavan to seek normalcy and peace in violence-hit Delhi after its working committee meeting on Wednesday, party sources said. They will also submit a memorandum to President Ram Nath Kovind
11:48 am: 45 companies of paramilitary forces deployed in Delhi including ITBP, BSF and CRPF
11:46 am: Sol Gen Tushar Mehta informs Supreme Court that Delhi that the high court has heard pleas connected with violence
11:45 am: Supreme Court terms unfortunate incidents of violence in Delhi but refuses to entertain pleas on them, says it will not expand the scope of petitions filed in connection with Shaheen Bagh protests by looking into pleas on violence
11:44 am: A team of Fire Department is conducting cooling operation at the tyre market in Gokulpuri area; the market was set ablaze on 24th February
11:26 am: Special Commissioner of Police (Law & Order) SN Shrivastava and Special Commissioner of Police (Crime), Satish Golcha inspecting the Jafrabad area
Delhi: Special Commissioner of Police (Law & Order) SN Shrivastava and Special Commissioner of Police (Crime), Satish Golcha inspecting the Jafrabad area. SN Shrivastava was appointed as Special CP, yesterday. #DelhiViolence pic.twitter.com/xxHmyiKzyq— ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2020
11:17 am: Out of all the people that were brought to the hospital 189 are injured and 20 are dead, says Sunil Kumar Gautam Medical Superintendent, Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital
11:15 am: Security personnel conducting flag-march in Babarpur area
11:10 am: Delhi High Court is hearing the plea seeking judicial inquiry, compensation for deceased and arrest of several political leaders for allegedly making hate speeches
11:09 am: High Court tells CBSE to provide longer solution regarding holding board exams in violence-hit northeast Delhi; court says students cannot wait on day-to-day basis to find out if exams would be held as the situation in northeast Delhi is getting worse
11:02 am: Death toll in northeast Delhi violence rises to 20
10:57 am: Army should be called in to control the situation in Delhi. "I have been in touch wid large no of people whole nite. Situation alarming. Police, despite all its efforts, unable to control situation and instil confidence. Army shud be called in and curfew imposed in rest of affected areas immediately. Am writing to Hon’ble HM to this effect," Kejriwal has tweeted amid Delhi violence.
I have been in touch wid large no of people whole nite. Situation alarming. Police, despite all its efforts, unable to control situation and instil confidence— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 26, 2020
Army shud be called in and curfew imposed in rest of affected areas immediately
Am writing to Hon’ble HM to this effect
10:56 am: HC has asked a senior Delhi Police officer to be present before it at 12:30 pm with instructions.
10:55 am: Delhi High Court has directed police to respond by 12:30 on plea for action against those involved in inciting violence in Delhi. "Police need not wait for court's direction and it should take action on its own," Delhi HC said.
10:34 am: Administration of Gautam Budh Nagar has ordered all wine and liquor shops, within three kilometres distance from the national capital, to remain closed on Wednesday. The decision comes in the wake of violence in Delhi between pro and anti CAA protestors which has led to the loss of 18 lives.
10:10 am: Latest visuals from Seelampur area
Delhi: Latest visuals from Seelampur area. National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval had visited the areas affected by violence in North East Delhi last night and had reviewed security arrangements in the area. #DelhiViolence pic.twitter.com/YJCycbBMD3— ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2020
10:50 am: Delhi High Court has directed police to respond by 12:30 on plea for action against those involved in inciting violence in Delhi. "Police need not wait for court's direction and it should take action on its own," Delhi HC said.
09:59 am: The NSA has made it clear that lawlessness would not be allowed to remain in the national capital amd adequate number of police forces and paramilitary forces have been deployed. The police have been given a free hand to bring the situation under control, say government sources
09:58 am: NSA Ajit Doval has been given the charge of bringing Delhi violence under control. He's going to brief PM and Cabinet about the situation. NSA last night visited Jafrabad, Seelampur and other parts of Northeast Delhi where he held talks with leaders of different communities, say government sources
09:54 am: Death toll has increased to 18, confirms Sunil Kumar Gautam MD, Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital
09:43 am: Locals along with family members of Delhi Police Head Constable Rattan Lal (who lost his life in violence in North East Delhi) protest at his native place Sadeensar
Sikar: Locals along with family members of Delhi Police Head Constable Rattan Lal (who lost his life in violence in North East Delhi) protest at his native place Sadeensar, demanding martyr status for him. #Rajasthan pic.twitter.com/pdk614yREp— ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2020
09:34 am: Another fire breaks out at Gokalpuri market
09:05 am: Death toll in northeast Delhi violence rises to 17
08:43 am: Latest visuals from Jafrabad metro station. The protesters left the metro station last night
08:12 am: Latest visuals from Maujpur, Seelampur and Gokulpuri. Security personnel deployed in these areas
07:42 am: High Court at midnight hearing directs police to ensure safe passage and emergency treatment for people injured in Delhi violence
07:27 am: Delhi Police disperse the people who had gathered outside Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence
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/NWz03HQkQT pic.twitter.com/ybGwIw0cqo— ANI (@ANI) February 25, 2020
07:24 am: Watch Video - National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval leaves from the office of Deputy Commissioner of Police North-East in Seelampur to review the security situation in different parts of North-East Delhi, on the intervening night of 25-26 February
#WATCH Delhi: National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval leaves from the office of Deputy Commissioner of Police North-East in Seelampur to review the security situation in different parts of North-East Delhi, on the intervening night of 25-26 February. #DelhiViolence pic.twitter.com/9eJ7IHC92O— ANI (@ANI) February 25, 2020
07:21 am: Entry and exit gates at all Delhi metro stations have been opened. Normal services have resumed at all stations