New Delhi: As the death toll due to violence in the national capital spiralled to 25, many residents of northeast Delhi, who had been trapped in their homes for over two days, were on Wednesday rescued with the help of forces and locals. Earlier today, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval reached the agitated areas to take stock of the situation and reported to Union Home Minister Amit Shah in a meeting later. (Follow LIVE Updates here) Also Read - 'Stay Indoors, Observe Shab-E-Barat Solemnly', Delhi Police Urges Muslims Amid COVID-19 Lockdown
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia also visited localities in Northeast Delhi and interacted with the residents. Also Read - Delhi Police Using Cellphone Data to Trace People Who Attended Jamaat Congregation: Report
Among those rescued today was a resident in his sixties, Nawab, of Mustafabad. As police personnel reached out to him, teary-eyed Nawab Malik, who had been confined to home for two days along with his wife, said, “I have never witnessed such violence in many decades.” Also Read - Delhi Police' Head Constable Gets Heart-Warming Letter From 8-Year-Old Daughter, Viral Message Will Move You to Tears
“I have been living in Delhi for 30 years but never witnessed such violence,” he said as he prepared to leave for a relative’s house in Ghaziabad for shelter.
Meanwhile, as many as 15 families were rescued by locals and police from Govind Vihar. Salim, 22, said his family had been trapped since the riots erupted on Sunday.
“The mobs gathered outside our house, after which our neighbours Pankaj, Vikas and Chintu Bhai took us to their homes. They also contacted police after which we were rescued,” Salim said, highlighting a rare harmony and brotherhood among neighbours at a time the areas witnessed communal strife.
His cousin Karim, a barber, said, “The people in our street helped us. They supported us or else we would have been killed.”
Salim said the family would go to live with their relatives at Khajoori and Sundernagari till the situation became normal.
“Our biggest problem is how to survive without any work. My family members used to do odd jobs to earn livelihood but we have no idea when will we come back,” he said.
The communal violence that started with stone-pelting between pro- and anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) groups in the Jaffrabad area on Sunday afternoon have escalated drastically with the death toll rising almost every hour. Over 250 people have been injured amid incidents of bloodshed and arson, many shops and vehicles were also burnt. The agitation was worst-affected in areas like Jafrabad, Maujpur, Seelampur and Chand Bagh in northeast Delhi, among others.
With PTI inputs