New Delhi: At a time when the death toll due to the violent clash in North east Delhi has gone up to 25, the Central government on Wednesday night announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the next of kin of the people who have died in the communal violence. Moreover, a relief amount of Rs 50,000 will be given to people who were seriously injured in the violence. Also Read - Delhi Violence: US Embassy Issues Advisory, Urges Its Citizens to 'Exercise Caution'
“A compensation of Rs 2 lakh will be paid to the next of kin of the people who have died in the communal violence. Persons who have been seriously injured will be given a relief amount of Rs 50,000,” a senior official at the Central government told news agency PTI. Also Read - Delhi Violence: 'Take Conscious Decision, File FIR Where Needed,' High Court Orders Police to Review Hate Speeches
The development comes after the GTB hospital sources confirmed that over 25 fatalities have been reported in the violence over the last few days (22 at GTB Hospital and three at LNJP Hospital).
On Wednesday evening, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal along with his deputy Manish Sisodia visited the violence-hit northeast Delhi. Kejriwal earlier in the day had announced a compensation of Rs 1 crore to the family of Head Constable Ratan Lal who was killed in the violence.
During their visit, the two leaders interacted with locals at Johripur following a Delhi High Court’s orders that ‘the Chief Minister and Deputy CM should also visit the affected areas for confidence-building among people.’
“We are going to the affected areas to take stock of the situation. We will tell you after we do that,” Kejriwal said.
While hearing the matter earlier in the day, a division bench of the Delhi High Court asked some of the highest functionaries in the State and the Central governments to personally meet the victims and their families.
Addressing a press conference on Wednesday evening, Delhi Police spokesman MS Randhawa said that over 18 FIRs have been lodged and 106 people have been arrested in connection with the violence.
“Till now Delhi Police have registered 18 FIRs and 106 people have been arrested in connection with the incidents in northeast Delhi. Miscreants are being identified. We have CCTV footage and strong evidence. No untoward incident took place today,” Randhawa said.
He also stated that the Delhi Police has deployed sufficient force including additional companies of paramilitary forces. “Senior officers were also monitoring closely. Senior officers were themselves monitoring PCR calls in different areas,” he added.