Delhi Riots: As of now, 34 deaths have been confirmed by the officials. (Photo Credit: IANS)
Amid Delhi riots, the administration in the national capital has increased the police deployment in Northeast district. According to reports, senior police officers have been ordered to maintain a close vigil on the situation ahead of the Friday prayers. Frenzied mobs torched houses, shops, vehicles, a petrol pump and pelted stones at locals and police personnel. Jaffrabad, Maujpur, Babarpur, Yamuna Vihar, Bhajanpura, Chand Bagh and Shiv Vihar are among the areas mainly affected by the riots. As of now, 34 deaths have been confirmed by the officials. Almost half of those who died in the riots suffered gunshots.
The Delhi Police has said the reserve police force in the police stations is also there to support us along with the paramilitary forces. As a confidence-building measure among different sections of the society, the Delhi Police has started holding peace committee meetings across Delhi to normalise situation and improve inter-community harmony.
“The home ministry requested the people not to lay credence to any rumour. The Delhi Police has set up helplines 22829334 and 22829335 for round-the-clock assistance. These numbers are being given adequate publicity so that information about miscreants and any emerging situation may be conveyed to police,” the Delhi Police statement said.
The Central Board of Secondary Education has postponed class 10 and 12 exams scheduled on February 28 and 29 in the violence-hit North East Delhi and parts of East Delhi, officials said. The exam postponement announcement by the CBSE came for the third time this week due to communal violence in northeast Delhi over the amended citizenship law which has claimed 34 lives so far and left over 200 people injured.
“In view of a request received from the Delhi government and to avoid inconvenience to students, staff and parents, the exams scheduled for February 28 and 29 in North East Delhi and other affected areas stand cancelled. The next date for the affected students will be notified shortly,” CBSE Secretary Anurag Tripathi said.
(With PTI Inputs)