Delhi riots: Death toll climbs to 42, red alert issued

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Delhi riots: Death toll climbs to 42, red alert issued

 International Desk

 Published: 05:31 PM, 28 February 2020  

Delhi violence

Delhi violence

The death toll has climbed to 42 from the violence over the protest of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) that triggered communal riots in Delhi, the capital of India. More than 300 people were injured in the violence.  

A high alert has been issued in Gurugram for ensuring security before Friday prayers. Delhi Police has so far filed 48 FIRs in retaliation. Two special probe teams have been formed to investigate the incidents of violence.

The curfew has been relaxed for a few hours in order to keep the shop open for a while. A red alert has also been issued in Gurugram since the violence started last Sunday.

Meanwhile, Indian Home Minister Amit Shah has met with senior police officials regarding the situation in Delhi. However, he has been criticized for not giving any statement over the violence in the last few days. 

In addition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also silent after the outbreak of violence. Three days after the incident, he called on all to maintain “peace and brotherhood”.

Riots and violence spread in various cities in the northeast of Delhi last Sunday centered the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Strict restrictions were imposed earlier to bring the situation under control after the violence. The restrictions are expected to relax from Friday. 

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced that “the victims from the violence will be compensated”. It has been announced to provide financial assistance of Rs 10 lakh to the deceased elderly family and Rs 5 lakh to the deceased minor families.

The CAA protesters blockade the streets in Zafarabad on Saturday. The rally in favor of CAA has also started on Sunday. Since then, the clash between the two parties began which later triggered into conflict and Delhi became a battleground. The houses and shops of Muslims were attacked and set on fire selectively in various places. 

“The situation has improved,” Amit Shah said in a statement. The ban was being relaxed from large gatherings from 4:00 am to 10:00 am and 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm as the situation improved, the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs told in a statement.  

The Home Ministry said in a statement that “people should not listen to the rumors and do not fall into the trap of the perpetrators who seek to increase communal tensions.” Out of the 203 police stations in Delhi, only 12 police stations i.e. about 4.2 percent of the area, were affected by the riots, the ministry further stated. 

Besides, it has been informed that the repair work of the public property has begun by clearing the damaged road in the affected areas on behalf of the East Delhi Municipality. Delhi Police is organizing a peace meeting to maintain peace and communal harmony, the Home Ministry also said adding, “So far, there have been 330 meetings over the situation.”