Delhi riots Highlights: 654 cases lodged, 1820 detained so far, says Police

Normalcy seems to be returning in the city with over 98 per cent attendance recorded in the class 12 board exam held in violence-affected areas during the day

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Security personnel stands guard along a road following clashes over the new citizenship law, in Yamuna Vihar. PTI

A week after Delhi saw one of the worst spates of Communal violence, suspended AAP councillor Tahir Hussain was on Thursday arrested by the Delhi Police in the alleged killing of Intelligence Bureau staff Ankit Saxena. A court dismissed a plea by suspended AAP councillor Tahir Hussain seeking to surrender before it. 

Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal held a review meeting with officials on several issues, including security. He also held a meeting with peace committees in northeast Delhi. The Delhi Police till Wednesday had registered 531 FIRs and arrested or detained 1,647 people in connection with the communal violence that claimed at least 42 lives.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs said that the situation in the national capital was fast returning to normal amid growing criticism from other countries. Law enforcement agencies doing their best to bring situation under control, MEA said in a media briefing.
10:41 PM

Delhi Waqf Board to start repair of mosques vandalised in violence

Khan on Thursday said the work for repair of mosques damaged in the violence in northeast Delhi will be taken up by the panel with an initial fund of Rs five lakh. The Masjid Committee of Waqf Board will start repair work from Friday and an advance of Rs five lakh has been issued for the purpose, Khan said. The panel claimed that 19 mosques were damaged during the violence last week.
9:14 PM

Special PTMs in govt schools in violence-hit northeast Delhi

Special parent-teacher meetings (PTMs) were held in government and aided schools in the violence-hit northeast Delhi for the second day on Thursday. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia visited schools in the area and interacted with the parents. He advised them to not discuss the violence at home. "We are taking all the steps to erase every fear from the minds of students, but it is also important for you as parents not to discuss such issues which can adversely impact your children. So please ensure that there is no fearful atmosphere at home," Sisodia said during an interaction with parents at a school in Tukmirpur.
9:12 PM

Police scrutinising mobile data, videos to identify role of 'outsiders'

 The Delhi police is collecting and scrutinising hundreds of video footage of last week's communal clashes in the northeast parts of the city and also gathering mobile call and data records to identify those involved in the violence, officials said on Thursday. With several people from riot-hit areas such as Jafrabad, Maujpur, Babarpur, Yamuna Vihar, Bhajanpura, Chand Bagh, Kardampuri and Shiv Vihar alleging the role of "outsiders" in the riots, two Special Investigation Teams (SITs) of the Delhi Police's Crime Branch have been formed to probe the violence.
7:32 PM

Iran's Khamenei asks India to 'confront extremist Hindus'

7:31 PM

India hits out at Erdogan, British minister for 'irresponsible' comments

India on Thursday hit out at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the UK's junior foreign minister Nigel Adams for their "irresponsible" comments over violence in the national capital when it is going through a "sensitive time". External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said Erdogan's comments were "factually inaccurate" and driven by his "political agenda". Last week, the Turkish president had severely criticised India for the communal clashes in Delhi and even went on to call them "massacres of Muslims". Kumar said India had made a strong demarche on the matter with the Turkish Ambassador in Delhi on Tuesday.
7:01 PM

Death toll climbs to 53

Death toll in Delhi violence rises to 53. 44 at GTB hospital, 5 at RML hospital, 3 at LNJP hospital & 1 at Jag Pravesh Chandra Hospital. 
6:29 PM

654 cases registered in Delhi violence

Northeast Delhi riots: 654 cases registered, 1820 people either detained or arrested, says police
5:38 PM

If police fails to enforce law, democracy fails: NSA Ajit Doval

Police should be seen by the common man as "credible and fair" and if it fails to enforce the law, democracy fails, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval said on Thursday while addressing young police personnel from across the country. The NSA asked police officials to ensure that impressions, such as the police only serves the privileged, which sully the image of the organisation are removed. "Law-making is the most sacrosanct job in a democracy. It is not done by an imperial ruler or from the pulpit of a religious leader but by the representatives of the people and you are the enforcers of that law," he told the gathering. "If you fail, democracy fails," Doval said while inaugurating the 'Third young Superintendents of Police Conference' organised here by the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD), a police think-tank under the Union home ministry.
Ajit Doval, Delhi violence
NSA Ajit Doval said the situation was under control after he visited the affected areas. He later briefed Home Minister Amit Shah on the situation. Photo | PTI

4:58 PM

Court dismisses Tahir Hussain's plea to surrender, police arrests him

Absconding AAP councillor Tahir Hussain was arrested by Delhi Police on Thursday after a court here dismissed his plea seeking to surrender before it in connection with alleged killing of Intelligence Bureau (IB) official Ankit Sharma during the recent violence in northeast Delhi. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vishal Pahuja refused to entertain Hussain's plea saying that the relief sought by him was outside the court's jurisdiction. The court said that as per the provisions of 177 Criminal Procedure Code (Ordinary place of inquiry and trial), the offence shall ordinarily be inquired into and tried by court within whose local jurisdiction it is committed. Read More Here

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4:57 PM

Situation in Delhi returning to normal: MEA

Situation in Delhi fast returning to normal, MEA said on the criticism by global bodies on violence in national capital. The Ministry added that law enforcement agencies doing their best to bring situation under control. 
3:00 PM

Suspended AAP councillor Tahir's surrender plea dismissed

2:24 PM

Ex-AAP councillor appears in court over IB staffer murder

Suspended AAP Councillor Tahir Hussain through his lawyer Mukesh Kalia has moved a surrender plea before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Vishal Pahuja.
1:58 PM

SC refuses to allow Colin Gonsalves to intervene in Harsh Mander’s hate speech matter

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to allow a victim of the recent Delhi violence intervene in a matter in which the Centre has raised the issue of alleged hate speech by activist Harsh Mander during anti-CAA protests.
Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves mentioned the matter before a bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde and said the riot victim wanted to intervene in the Harsh Mander case, which is scheduled to be heard on Friday.
"We will not allow you to intervene," the CJI told Gonsalves.
Gonsalves said he had seen the video of the alleged speech by Mander and wanted to place it on record.
"We had asked the solicitor general to put it (video of alleged hate speech by Mander) on record. We don't need you in that proceeding," the CJI said.
1:27 PM

Rahul Gandhi gives 'childish' statements: Pralhad Joshi

A day after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi stated that India is being "divided and burnt", Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi on Thursday said that he used to make "childish" statements.
Joshi also raised questions about the Congress' policy after Gandhi's statements folowing his visit to the violent-hit northeast Delhi that has left over 46 people dead and about 200 injured.
He also raised questions about Congress' achievements over its 70 year's "divide and rule" politics.
"Rahul Gandhi is used to giving childish statements...Congress followed divide and rule policy for 70 years. Where is Congress now? The party is where it is now because of divide and rule politics," Joshi said inside Parliament premises.
11:56 AM

Lok Sabha adjourned till 12 pm over Delhi violence

11:15 AM

SC says it will hear pleas challenging CAA after arguments in Sabarimala matter are over.

9:20 AM

Mamata demands SC monitored probe in Delhi violence

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday demanded a Supreme Court-monitored judicial probe into the communal violence in Delhi, in which at least 42 people lost their lives.
Addressing Trinamool Congress workers at a meeting in Sujapur in Malda district, Banerjee said, "In Bengal, for trivial issues, they (BJP) demand CBI inquiries. But even after the killing of so many people in Delhi, there has been no judicial probe. We want a judicial inquiry in this case under the supervision of the Supreme Court."
Banerjee alleged the "Gujarat model of riots" was replicated in the national capital.
Asserting that divisive forces won't be allowed in Bengal, she called for a united fight to tackle such situations.
"We believe in humanity, in unity among different communities, in love and not hatred, we will never allow such clashes, such violence to take place in Bengal. We will repulse them with all our might," she said.
8:43 AM

Delhi riots: Crime branch to investigate only murder cases, say sources

The Delhi Police crime branch will only investigate murder cases that were filed after the violence in northeast part of the national capital, sources said on Wednesday.
They said the cases of riots with section pertaining to murder will be investigated by the special investigation team (SIT) of the crime branch, while regular police teams would probe rest of the cases.
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5:33 PM

Attempts on to create panic over Coronavirus to divert focus from Delhi riots: Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday alleged that "some people and channels" were trying to create panic over coronovirus in the country to divert attention from the Delhi communal riots.
She said "happy and healthy" people were killed in Delhi because of violence and not a virus.
"Today some people are shouting corona, corona [coronavirus] a bit too much. Yes, it's a dreaded disease but don't create panic. Some (TV) channels are creating hype over it to suppress Delhi violence. Do report when it occurs. We don't want the disease to spread, but don't create panic," she told a TMC meeting here in South Dinajpur.

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First Published: Mar 02 2020 | 09:23 AM IST

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