Delhi violence: Death toll crosses 13, schools closed, exams postponed
New Delhi : Amid reports of fresh violence in parts of Northeast Delhi with rioters setting shops on fire in Chand Bagh area, Delhi Police said it has deployed more security forces in the area to bring the situation under control.
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Delhi Police spokesperson ACP Mandeep Singh Randhawa said 186 people have been injured and 13 have died in the cases related to violence in northeast Delhi.
He informed that around 11 FIRs have been registered against the violence with the cops arresting several suspects.
In order to take control of the situation, additional police forces and paramilitary forces have been deployed in the region while senior Delhi police officials are present to tackle the situation.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police said that the traffic movement has been closed from Shahdara towards Apsara border. The barricading has been done by the UP Police. Traffic has been diverted towards Surya Nagar.
Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee gave her reaction on the violent clash in North East Delhi and said she is deeply disturbed by what is happening in the national capital. "We are deeply disturbed and concerned about what and why is it happening in Delhi. We are watching it. In our country there is no place for violence. We the people of India want peace and we appeal everyone to maintain peace," Mamata said.
Randeep Surjewala, Congress, said, "We appeal to all to maintain peace and condemn this act of violence in Delhi. Some communal powers for their political gains are working towards creating differences using religion. Every Congress worker will help govt to maintain peace, law and order in the capital."
Delhi Commissioner of Police Amulya Patnaik said, "Miscreants will not be spared, strict legal action will be taken against them. Sufficient police force, CAPF and senior officials deployed in the North East district. Moreover, section 144 has been imposed in some areas of the district."
Making all efforts not to spread rumours about the violent incidents in Northeast Delhi, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has issued an advisory to TV channels asking them to be cautious about content that may incite violence or contains anything that promotes anti-national attitudes.
In the wake of the violent protests in Northeast Delhi, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Tuesday night issued a notification, saying it has decided to postpone Class 10 and 12 exams scheduled for February 26. The decision was taken by the CBSE on the request of Directorate of Education, Government of Delhi.