Delhi violence: Ensure safe passage of injured, HC tells police
Communal violence in Northeast Delhi has claimed at least 20 lives. The Bench of Justices S. Muralidhar and Anup J. Bhambhani also called for a compliance report, including information about the injured and the treatment offered to them.
The Delhi High Court in a midnight hearing directed the police to ensure safe passage and emergency treatment for those injured in the violence over the amended citizenship law. The hearing took place at the residence of Justice S. Murlidhar on an urgent plea seeking safe passage for the injured to medical institutions with adequate facilities.
Communal violence in Northeast Delhi has claimed at least 20 lives. On Tuesday, the police struggled to check the rioters who ran amok on streets, burning and looting shops, pelting stones and thrashing people.
The Bench of Justices S. Muralidhar and Anup J. Bhambhani directed the Delhi Police to deploy all resources to ensure this. The Bench also called for a compliance report, including information about the injured and the treatment offered to them. The matter will now be heard on Wednesday at 2.15 pm.
The Bench said the order be communicated to the medical superintendents of the Guru Tegh Bahadur (GTB) and Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan hospitals in Delhi.
The death toll in the violence rose to 20 on Wednesday, according to GTB Hospital authorities. On Tuesday, the death toll was 13.
Four bodies were brought to the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital from the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital, a senior official said, PTI reported.
Following incidents of arson earlier this week, tensions smouldered in the national capital on Tuesday and as the day progressed, streets in several localities like Chand Bagh, Bhajanpura, Gokulpuri, Maujpur, Kardampuri and Jaffrabad saw pitched battles between the members of two groups who also hurled petrol bombs and opened fire.
Late in the night, locals in Maujpur area claimed that announcements were being made by police on loudspeakers about promulgation of shoot-at-sight orders, but Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northeast) Ved Prakash Surya denied it.
Over 200 people, including 48 police personnel, have been injured and half of the civilians have suffered gunshot wounds, hospital authorities said.
The violence, which started on Sunday after anti-CAA protests blocked a road outside Jaffrabad Metro station and BJP leader Kapil Mishra called a gathering in favour of CAA, intensified on Tuesday, despite shored up security in the city in view of US President Donald Trump's visit.
The protesters withdrew from the site on Tuesday night.
As Delhi Police faced allegations of inaction, Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting on Tuesday with Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, city police commissioner Amulya Patnaik and others on steps to restore peace.
IPS officer S.N. Shrivastava was appointed as the new Delhi Police Special Commissioner (Law and Order) after the Union Home Ministry repatriated him from the CRPF on Tuesday night to take control of the situation in the wake of communal violence in the city, officials said.
Delhi Police spokesperson Mandeep Singh Randhawa said 11 FIRs have been registered in connection with the violence. Over 20 persons have been detained and only one person, identified as Shahrukh who had fired a few rounds in the air after brandishing a gun at a policeman, has been arrested.
Sixty-seven companies of police and paramilitary personnel had been deployed across the area, police sources said.
In scenes not seen in the national capital for decades, frenzied groups thrashed people on the road and vandalised vehicles. Mediapersons were also attacked.