Clashes broke out between two groups during anti-CAA protesters. (Photo Credit: Reuters)
The death count in Delhi violence has reached two as a protester succumbed to injured hours after a head constable was killed following clashes between two groups in northeast Delhi during anti-CAA protests. Deputy commissioner of police Shahdara Amit Sharma was also injured in the clash and has been hospitalised. Several cops were injured in the clashes.
42-year-old Ratan Lal head constable was attached to the office of the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Gokalpuri. He was injured when stones were hurled at police personnel during the protests. Lal, a native of Rajasthan's Sikar, had joined the Delhi Police as a constable in 1998 and is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.
Meanwhile, government sources said that violence in Delhi appears to have been orchestrated keeping in view the ongoing visit of US President Donald Trump. However, the sources did not elaborate on who were orchestrating the violence, which has so far claimed the life of a policeman.
Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik is stationed at the police control room and is closely monitoring the situation.
"The violence in some parts of Delhi appears to be orchestrated so that those involved in it get wide publicity as US President Donald Trump is currently visiting India," the sources said.
The Delhi Police brass is in regular touch with the top Home Ministry officials and briefing them about the prevailing situation in the national capital.
Several senior police officers are at the spot and taking all precautions so that normalcy is restored at the earliest, the sources said.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal condoled Lal's demise and called for peace in the national capital.
"The death of the police head constable is very sad. He was also one of us. Give up violence. Nobody benefits from this. All problems will be resolved through peace," he said in a tweet in Hindi.
A number of vehicles, shops and houses were torched in northeast Delhi on Monday, a day after clashes broke out between those against and for the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).