Delhi violence: Centre against calling in Army, Kejriwal says Delhi Police top brass didn’t do enough to contain rioting in Maujpur, Jafrabad, Chand Bagh, Bhajanpura, Gokulpuri

25 February, 2020 | newsx bureau

Arvind Kejriwal National

Delhi violence: Kejriwal blames Delhi Police for not ordering their officers to suppress violence, Amit Shah appeals for peace.

With US President Donald Trump in town, the Centre and the Delhi government rushed to control the wanton violence perpetrated by an unruly mob against protesters, who have been demonstrating against the Citizenship Amendment Act, that left 11 people dead, including a police constable, and over 100 people injured in parts of Northeast Delhi on Monday. On Tuesday, stone-pelting continued along with attacks on buildings in Maujpur, Jafrabad, Chand Bagh, Bhajanpura and Gokulpuri.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met Union Home Minister Amit Shah to bring an end to the violence unleashed by the mob in the above-mentioned areas. Kejriwal blamed the Delhi Police top brass for not clearly ordering their subordinate officers to quell the violence, where police were seen siding with the mob. Home Minister Amit Shah is learned to have met senior officials of his ministry to put an end to this violence.  Shah is said to have appealed for peace and for stifling rumours which were adding fuel to the already fragile law and order situation.

While it must be remembered that Delhi Police is under the Home Ministry, Kejriwal said AAP MLAs from the affected areas met Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal last night to initiate action against the mob. He said the northeast border of Delhi should be sealed in view of the violence since outsiders were fomenting trouble. Reports quoting Home Ministry sources said the Centre was against calling in the Army which inevitably means the police are not able to control the targeted riots. The reports said the MHA felt that the security forces deployed, Delhi Police and some riot police, will be able to curb the violence.

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On the other hand, East Delhi MP Gautam Gambhir spoke out against provocative statements made by party’s Model Town MLA candidate Kapil Mishra on Sunday, daring the police to clear the protesters in 4 days or let his supporters clear them. Gambhir said whoever made the statements should be held accountable for the violent aftermath.

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Social media has been unsparing on the AAP government for not doing enough to control the violence and saved a similar jab for former Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Twitter and Facebook were replete with people exhorting opposition political leaders to rush to Northeast Delhi’s strife-torn areas to calm the situation. The Delhi Police also got a fair amount of social media bile for siding with the rampaging mob and beating up Muslims, who were either protesting or defending themselves from the mob, instead of protecting them.