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Delhi Violence Death Count Jumps To 7, Union Home Minister Amit Shah Meets Kejriwal, Delhi LG Baijal

Frenzied Protesters Torched Houses, Shops, Vehicles And A Petrol Pump, Besides Hurling Stones In North-East Delhi.

PTI | Updated on: 25 Feb 2020, 12:56:00 PM
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A head constable was among seven people killed and at least 100 others, including several paramilitary and Delhi Police personnel, were injured as violence spiralled in North-East Delhi. (Photo Credit: Reuters Photo)

New Delhi :

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday called a meeting to discuss the prevailing situation in the National Capital after violence in Northeast Delhi over the amended citizenship law left seven people dead. Delhi's Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and representatives of different political parties were invited for the meeting. The home minister has convened a meeting to discuss the current situation in Delhi, a Home Ministry official said.

The move came after the home minister reviewed the law and order situation in the national capital on Monday night as violence rocked Northeast Delhi. A head constable was among seven people killed and at least 100 others, including several paramilitary and Delhi Police personnel, were injured as violence spiralled over the amended citizenship law in northeast Delhi on Monday. Frenzied protesters torched houses, shops, vehicles and a petrol pump, besides hurling stones.

Meanwhile, AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi has condemned the violence in Delhi and urged the Centre to take steps to bring the situation under control. Addressing a protest on Monday night against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Hyderabad, he said, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah your police, the Delhi police was hurling stones along with the rioters. We condemn it(violence).. it is a matter of shame that violence occurred."

"The president of a foreign country comes to Delhi and violence takes place. It is a matter of shame for the country..," the AIMIM leader said adding violence in any form was "condemnable." He asked Amit Shah to take steps to check the violence in the national capital. Owaisi also said he would meet Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and request him to "impose a stay" on NPR. The state cabinet had at a recent meeting, presided over by Rao, urged the Centre to abrogate the CAA.

The Cabinet has decided to pass a resolution in the Assembly against the CAA. In a tweet last evening, Owaisi alleged that the violence in Delhi was a result of "incitement" by an ex MLA and BJP leader. "These riots were a result of incitement by an ex MLA & BJP leader. Now there is clear evidence of police involvement. The ex-MLA should be arrested immediately, urgent steps should be taken to control the violence. Otherwise, it’ll spread," he tweeted.

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First Published : 25 Feb 2020, 11:19:16 AM