Violence in Northeast Delhi has so far claimed 38 lives, with many others being treated at the hospital. On Thursday, the Delhi Police issued an appeal and requested the people, including media persons, to come forward and give their statements and share video footage in connection with the violence in northeast Delhi. The police have also transferred the northeast Delhi riots probe to the crime branch and the cases will now be probed by two Special Investigation Teams (SITs). As many as 48 FIRs have been filed as of now.
In another development, the Aam Aadmi Party has suspended its councillor Tahir Hussain, who is accused of being involved in the killing of an IB staffer Ankit Sharma. The family of an Intelligence Bureau staffer Ankit Sharma (26), who was found dead in a drain near his home in northeast Delhi's riot-hit Chand Bagh area, has accused Tahir Hussain of being behind the killing.
Northeast Delhi violence LIVE updates:
02:19 pm: Opposition sents letter to President Kovind, demanding his directions to the LG, Delhi for specific measures to help restore peace and calm and assist in rehabilitation of affected persons. "We could not get an appointment and the matter deserves utmost and urgent attention," Oppn said.
02:16 pm: Sonia Gandhi deputes 5-member team to visit riot-affected areas in northeast Delhi.
02:09 pm: Congress delegation to visit the riot-affected areas in the national capital
02:06 pm: Death toll due to violence in Northeast Delhi rises to 42
01:55 pm: Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal to visit violence-affected parts of North East district, today
01:49 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi woke up after 69 hours and appealed for peace and calm in Delhi. He should have done it earlier. But Home Minister Amit Shah made no such appeal. The Home Minister should have visited the affected areas, says Congress leader Kapil Sibal
01:07 pm: Putting the people's safety first is a part of our duty and I did just that, says constable Deepak Dahiya
01:06 pm: I was always assured of my safety as I had the equipment to save myself. So, the safety of the public was important to me, says Deepak Dahiya
01:04 pm: Safety of the public comes first to me and so I appealed the man for peace, says Deepak Dahiya
01:03 pm: The man - Shahrukh Khan threatened me with a pistol in his hand but I requested him for peace and calm, says constable Deepak Dahiya
01:01 pm: Constable Deepak Dahiya speaks exclusively to India TV. He was face to face with pistol man Shahrukh Khan
12:17 pm: We are trying to bring every culprit to justice and we are working on it, says SN Shrivastava, Delhi Police Special Commissioner (Law and Order), on action against municipal councillor Tahir Hussain
11:59 am: Delhi HC issues notice to Centre, govt on pleas seeking FIR against Gandhi family for hate speech.
11:48 am: Delhi violence toll goes up to 39, says Health Department official
11:45 am: Prohibitory orders were relaxed for 10 hours view of improvements in the ground situation on Friday in the riot-hit northeast districts which claimed 38 lives and left over 200 injured.
11:42 am: Chairperson of the National Commission for Women Rekha Sharma, along with 2 members, visits the Jaffrabad area to meet the women here. She says, "There is a little bit of tension here but on the whole the atmosphere is peaceful. I'll come again tomorrow."
11:24 am: My shop was shut since the violence started in the area four-five days ago. Now, it is peaceful as people start to realize that no one will gain anything out of violence, says Jashkaran Bhati, a shopkeeper in Delhi's Bhajanpura
10:59 am: Shops begin to open in North East district's Bhajanpura area
10:17 am: People here must revive their 'Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb' which got some kind of dent. We've held discussions with Aman Committee here, made elaborate arrangements in view of all devotees who'll go to offer prayers to mosques today, says Delhi Police Joint Commissioner OP Mishra in Chand Bagh
10:05 am: The opening of shops is a sign of normalcy. This process of normalisation in the area started yesterday. Our focus is to assure all citizens residing here is that they must start their normal life now, says Delhi Police Joint Commissioner OP Mishra in Chand Bagh
09:59 am: Visuals from North-East District's Gokul Puri; No incident of violence has been reported in the last 3 days
09:47 am: Security personnel deployed in Maujpur area of North East district
09:36 am: The Shiv Sena has slammed the Centre over violence in northeast Delhi. In Saamana, the Shiv Sena said Delhi is burning and Home Minister Amit Shah is seen nowhere. Hyper nationalism and communalism are taking the country 100 years behind, the Shiv Sena said.
09:28 am: The Congress has once again attacked the Centre on the issue of transfer of the Delhi High Court Judge, Justice S. Muralidhar, who was hearing the hate-speeches case against some BJP leaders. Late Thursday Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal issued a statement, which said: "The decision to transfer the Judge is hardly surprising given the fact that the BJP which had unashamedly instigated the mob and provided complete impunity to those who called for violence, took such a malicious decision under cover of darkness."
09:27 am: All mosques in Uttar Pradesh's Bareilly district will offer special prayers on Friday for peace in the country, especially in northeast Delhi that was ravaged by violence leading to many deaths. Maulana Salman Hasan Khan, national vice-president of Jamaat Raza-e-Mustafa, an organisation affiliated to Dargah Aala Hazrat, has appealed to all Imams of Bareilly to conduct special prayers.
09:26 am: Security personnel deployed in Maujpur area of North East district
09:00 am: Security personnel remain deployed in Khajoori Khaas and Dayalpur areas of violence-affected North East district