Delhi remained on edge Thursday morning with security forces on alert (Photo Credit: Reuters)
The official death count in the northeast Delhi communal violence rose to 34 on Thursday as seven more fatalities were recorded at three hospitals in the city. Meanwhile, two bodies were pulled out of a drain in the Gokulpuri (Gokalpuri) area. While it is not clear whether these dead bodies are related to the violence, the discovery was made a day after an Intelligence Bureau staffer was found dead in a drain in Chand Bagh. The official count of casualties had stood at 27 till Wednesday night.
"Five more deaths recorded at GTB Hospital, and one more death at LNJP Hospital. One fatality was reported at Jag Pravesh Chandra Hospital on Thursday, taking the total death toll to 34," a senior official of the Delhi Health Department told PTI.
One person was declared brought dead by doctors, while another had died during treatment at the LNJP Hospital on Wednesday. Over 50 patients have been provided treatment at the LNJP Hospital since the violence broke out on Sunday in various parts of northeast Delhi, officials at the hospital said. More than 200 people have been injured in the violence that raged in the areas over the last few days.
Delhi remained on edge Thursday morning with security forces on alert in violence-affected areas. Delhi Police conducted a flag march in Maujpur on Thursday morning with heavy deployement in Jaffrabad, Seelampur and Babarpur. Delhi Special Commissioner of Police SN Srivastava took stock of the situation on Wednesday night.
The CBSE Class 12 exam on Thursday has been postponed in the northeast and parts of east Delhi in view of the turbulent situation due to violence.
The Delhi fire service said it received 19 calls from the riots affected area since midnight with more than 100 firemen deployed in these areas. However, unlike the last few days, they did not face any resistance while conducting their job.
On Wednesday, there was violence in some areas places with shops set ablaze and the body of an IB staffer found in a drain. Police had conducted flag marches in riot-hit areas with security personnel spread out across the northeastern edge of the national capital in a bid to quell the violence raging since Sunday.
The Delhi Police said it has arrested 106 people for their alleged involvement in the violence and have registered 18 FIRs so far. The Intelligence Bureau staffer, identified as Ankit Sharma, was found dead in a drain in Chand Bagh where he stayed. Sharma may have been killed in stone pelting, officials said. According to Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital authorities, the thirty people have died there including nine received due to gun shot injuries. Two deaths were also reported on Wednesday at LNJP Hospital.
(With PTI Inputs)