#DelhiRiots: Acid thrown on paramilitary forces; curfew in 4 places
The violence and clashes over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Northeast Delhi have reached shocking proportions with rioters reportedly throwing acid on paramilitary forces in Karawal Nagar as they were trying to control the situation. Meanwhile, in view of the unprecedented violence, curfew has been imposed in the Maujpur, Jaffrabad, Chand Bagh, and Karawal Nagar areas of Northeast Delhi. Here are more details.
According to media reports, paramilitary personnel were attacked by rioters in Karawal Nagar as they were trying to enter some of the violence-hit colonies in the area. They were attacked with some acid-like chemical substance, which was thrown from terraces. Several personnel have suffered burn injuries in the attack and they were rushed to the GTB Hospital for treatment.
In the wake of the violence over CAA, the Delhi Government on Tuesday directed all government and private schools in Northeast Delhi to remain shut on Wednesday as well. Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia tweeted that schools will stay shut for the second consecutive day tomorrow. Meanwhile, metro stations in Jaffrabad, Maujpur-Babarpur, Gokulpuri, Johri Enclave, and Shiv Vihar were also closed following the violence.
"Schools in violence-affected Northeast Delhi will remain closed tomorrow. Internal exams have been postponed. CBSE is also requested to postpone tomorrow's board exam," Sisodia tweeted in Hindi. Also, the Delhi HC today asked the CBSE to decide at the earliest on rescheduling tomorrow's board exam at an exam center in Northeast Delhi, ruling that the safety of school children cannot be put at risk.
हिंसा प्रभावित नोर्थ-ईस्ट ज़िले में कल भी स्कूल बंद रहेंगे. गृह परीक्षाएँ स्थगित कर दी गई हैं. CBSE से भी कल की बोर्ड परीक्षा स्थगित करने का अनुरोध किया है. https://t.co/VY4t7zjWSo— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) February 25, 2020
Incidents of violence, stone-pelting, vandalism, and arson marked the protests over CAA that have been ongoing for over 24 hours in Northeast Delhi, which witnessed clashes between protesters supporting and opposing the citizenship law. The violent protests claimed the lives of 13 people, including a policeman, while as many as 150 were left injured. At least 70 of those injured reportedly received gunshot wounds.
As many as 67 companies -including 70-100 personnel of police and paramilitary forces each- were deployed in Northeast Delhi to control the situation. "We have enough forces on the ground. Senior police officials are constantly monitoring the situation," said Delhi Police's PRO, MS Randhawa. "We have adequate force in place. We deny the allegations of not enough forces," said Delhi Police chief Amulya Patnaik.