Amid the escalating violence during the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday, February 24, issued a statement over the extreme unrest in the national capital. Taking to Twitter, the party assured that their MLAs are reaching out to the people of Delhi to restore peace. They further urged the people to "not fall prey" to any kind of rumours.
AAP MLAs are reaching out to people to restore peace in Delhi.— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) February 24, 2020
Together we all need to ensure safety of all Delhiites. Don't fall prey to rumours. https://t.co/kOH22Fj1gy
Amid the rampant violence in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday took to Twitter and urged Lt Governor Anil Baijal and Union Home Minister Amit Shah to restore law and order in the wake of the violence in parts of northeast Delhi.
Very distressing news regarding disturbance of peace and harmony in parts of Delhi coming in.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 24, 2020
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.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police on Monday issued a statement reporting that violence was witnessed in areas of Maujpur, Kardampuri, Chand Bagh and Dayalpur. Moreover, the police have also asked the media to not circulate 'any disturbing pictures' which will aggravate the situation. Ved Prakash Surya DCP (North-East) has stated that the police are in contact with both groups to get the situation under control.
In a massive escalation of tension over the Citizenship Amendment Act, the protesters resorted to violence, torching at least two houses and a fire tender in the Jaffrabad and Maujpur areas, as per reports. Stone-pelting was witnessed for the second consecutive day between pro and anti-CAA groups, while heavy police security was deployed to the areas.
During the violence, head police constable- Ratan Lal, who was attached to the office of Assistant Commissioner of Police, Gokulpuri was killed. A deputy commissioner of police has also been hospitalised. Along with it, a petrol pump was also set ablaze in North-East Delhi's Bhajanpura area. According to recent reports, around three civilians have lost their lives during the violence. Subsequently, Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure has been imposed at 10 locations in the North-East district of Delhi.
Even as violence engulfed areas of the national capital on Monday, Delhi's LG Anil Baijal took to Twitter and said that he has instructed Delhi Police to ensure law and order in North East Delhi.