A few arson cases reported; 2 more bodies found in drain; Councillor booked for killing IB official
The riot-hit areas of North-east Delhi, which had witnessed the dance of death in the last four days, seemed to be returning to normalcy on Thursday with heavy deployment of the Delhi Police and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) on roads. Although no violence was reported on Wednesday and Thursday, there was palpable sense of fear in the areas.
The security forces conducted flag march in the areas that saw communal violence over the CAA.
Meanwhile, two more male bodies were found in a drain in Johri Enclave on Thursday. A few case arsons in Maujpur, Bhajanpura and other areas were reported in the wee hours of Thursday. Some vehicles shops were set on fire.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police booked Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor Tahir Hussain for alleged involvement in communal riots and the murder of an IB official, Ankit Sharma. Reaction quickely, the AAP on Thursday evening suspended its councillor from primary membership of party till completion of probe.
Hussain has been slapped with other charges under various sections of the IPC, a senior police official said. Police also took possession of all the incendiary materials found from his house and sealed the house. His other premises, including the office and shop, were also sealed, they said.
Police have received the autopsy to the slain Intelligence Bureau staffer whose body was fished out from Chand Bagh drain flowing near the house of Hussain. Ankit was repeatedly stabbed over hours and there was not even a single part of his body that was left without stab injuries, said sources, adding that his intestines were ripped apart and he had suffered unimaginable brutality.
Earlier, in Yamuna Vihar, three to four people were seen burning vehicles on Thursday around 4 am. A few kilometres away, a charred board of a private school in Brijpuri read “Welcome to a very happy school.” The 52-year-old Arun Modern Senior Secondary School looks no less than a cemetery, said an official, looking around at the damage which he estimated to be over `70 lakh.
Most shops were closed with their shutters bearing marks of the violence that it had witnessed over the last few days and people chose to stay indoors. Some of the residents in Chand Bagh and Jaffrabad were seen on Thursday cleaning the roads which were littered with stones and sticks.
On Thursday, the Delhi Police transferred the riots probe to the Crime Branch and formed two Special Investigation Teams (SITs). “The situation in the North-east is normal right now and no untoward incident has been reported today. Sufficient force has been deployed at every area and senior officers are monitoring the situation. The numbers of distress call have been reduced. We have received call on the two help lines which we released yesterday,” said Mandeep Singh Randhawa, the Additional Commissioner of Police, Crime.
“A total of 48 First Information Reports (FIRs) have been registered for arson, looting and the deaths. Police have evidence and registering FIRs. Police conducted around 350 meetings with Aman Committee in Delhi specifically in North-east district,” said Randhawa. “The investigation of the cases is going on and police have received evidence. Police teams are also conducting raids in different areas to nab the miscreants involved in arson and rioting,” Randhwa further said.
National Security Adviser Ajit Doval had visited the Northeast Delhi’s riots affected areas, a day earlier to calm sentiments and also reassured people that the security forces were standing by them.
On Thursday, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) postponed Class 10 and 12 exams scheduled on February 28 and 29 in the violence-hit Northeast Delhi and parts of East Delhi.
“In view of a request received from the Delhi Government and to avoid inconvenience to students, staff and parents, the exams scheduled for February 28 and 29 in Northeast Delhi and other affected areas stand cancelled. The next date for the affected students will be notified shortly,” said Anurag Tripathi, CBSE Secretary adding that all exams in all centres across Delhi will be conducted as per original schedule from March 2 onwards.
Lt Governor Anil Baijal on Thursday asked Sundari Nanda, the Special Commissioner of police (vigilance) to meet the families of Delhi violence victims and ensure all possible assistance to them.
An official said Baijal also asked senior officers of the East Delhi Municipal Corporation, Health Department and district administration to assist Special Commissioner of Police (vigilance) during her visit.
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday announced that the Delhi Government will give Rs 10 lakh to the families of those who lost their lives in the communal violence in northeast Delhi.
He said the Government will bear the cost of treatment of those injured in the violence and admitted to private hospitals. “Those seriously injured will get Rs 2 lakh. Special camps will be set up for people to get essential documents which they lost during arson,” said Kejriwal.
“The Delhi Fire Service (DFS) received 19 calls from midnight to 8 am on Thursday from the riot-hit areas,” Director of DFS Atul Garg said.
“Over 100 firemen are deployed in the area and all the four fire stations in the area are provided with extra fire tenders to meet any emergency and are being managed by senior officers,” said Garg adding that senior officers are also camping in the riot-affected areas.
The GTB Hospital in Dilshad Garden, where many of the 200 injured in the riots that broke out on Monday are being treated and where scores of people lined up outside the mortuary to claim the bodies of their loved ones, with dead count rising to 38.
Friday, 28 February 2020 | Staff Reporter | New Delhi
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