Death toll reaches 34 in Delhi Violence


The Hush Post| 12:19 pm|one-minute-read|

The latest death toll in the Delhi violence has touched 34. North-east Delhi continues to remain tense but calm. Also, 200 people have been injured after four straight days of clashes over the citizenship law.

Reports of arson came from northeast Delhi’s Bhajanpura, Maujpur and Karawal Nagar areas late on Wednesday, hours after National Security Advisor Ajit Doval visited violence-affected areas of the national capital to offer personal guarantees that the government would restore peace.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday made his first public statement, calling for “peace and brotherhood”.

Home Minister Amit Shah, under fire for failing to control violence, has held multiple review meetings.

Till now, the Delhi Police has filed 18 FIRs. It has arrested 106 people in connection with the violence, which they say is now under control.

In a related incident, a furious Delhi High Court asked the police to file FIRs against those making hateful and inflammatory speeches.

The court’s observation came after speeches made by four BJP leaders, including Union Minister Anurag Thakur and local leader Kapil Mishra (whose rally in northeast Delhi on Sunday afternoon has been accused of inciting violence), were played in open court, prompting Justice S Muralidhar to assert “the court would not allow another 1984 scenario”.

However, within hours after the order, he was transferred to Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi launched a broadside at Amit Shah, demanding he take responsibility and resign. Mrs Gandhi also took aim at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, accusing both governments of not taking adequate steps to control the situation when it broke on Sunday. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, also hit out at the BJP, describing its silence on hate speeches by its leaders as “shameful”. South superstar Rajinikanth also lashed out, describing the violence as a result of “intelligence failure”.

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