New Delhi: In the wake of violence that spiralled over the new Citizenship law in northeast Delhi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah called a late-night urgent meeting to take stock of the situation. Top officials of the Home Ministry and Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik were present in the meeting. Also Read - Delhi Violence: Women Call Off Protest at Jaffrabad, Police Resort to Lathicharge to Disperse Rioters
This meeting is known to have lasted for almost three hours. Notably, it was the third meeting called by Shah in the span of 24 hours. Also Read - Delhi Violence Escalates: Death Toll Climbs to 13, Schools Closed, Exams Postponed | Top Developments
Earlier on Tuesday, Shah had cancelled his visit to Thiruvananthapuram which was scheduled for Wednesday. No reason was cited by the MHA regarding the change in Shah’s schedule. Also Read - Delhi Violence: 'Quell Rumours, Dispel Fears,' MHA Issues Advisory as Death Toll Climbs to 10
Prior to this, Amit Shah wrote a letter to the wife of Delhi Police Head Constable Ratan Lal, who died during clashes over Citizenship Amendment Act in Northeast Delhi on Monday. In the letter, Shah wrote, “I express grief and deep condolences on the untimely death of your husband”.
So far, 13 people have been killed and over 200 injured in clashes that broke out between opposing groups of protesters in northeast Delhi. To bring the situation under control, additional police forces and paramilitary forces have been deployed in the region while senior Delhi police officials are present to tackle the situation.
With pelting stones and vandalising shops, the protesters threatened locals in the area for the second day on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) 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.