New Delhi: Five people, including a Delhi police head constable, were killed and 54 were injured after violence broke out across northeast Delhi over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Notably, the clashes between pro and Anti-CAA protesters erupted hours before United States President Donald Trump, who landed shortly before 7.30 pm, was expected in the national capital. Also Read - Chandrashekhar Azad Urges LG Anil Baijal to Grant Him Security to Visit Northeast Delhi
“Till now 54 persons have been brought to the hospital. Four people, including one head constable, have lost their lives, while the condition of a few others is serious. We are still receiving patients”, said Rajesh Kalra, Additional Medical Superintendent at GTB hospital. Also Read - All Schools in Northeast Delhi to Remain Closed on Tuesday Due to Violent Clashes: Sisodia
The condition of three policemen admitted to the Max Hospital is stated to be critical. Also Read - Accused of Inciting Riots, Kapil Mishra Calls For 'Peace' After Clashes in Northeast Delhi
Meanwhile, all schools in northeast Delhi will remain closed as a precautionary measure. The Delhi government had yesterday demanded the suspension of the board examinations in the schools in these areas. In addition to the 10th and 12th board exams, the school examinations up to class 11 have been postponed as of now.
However, exams for class 12 in four vocational subjects in 18 centres in west Delhi will be conducted as per schedule, as there are no centres in the northeast Delhi for this exam.
On the other hand, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues have appealed to all Delhiites to maintain peace. Environment Minister Gopal Rai, who visited the violence-affected area, also appealed to the people of the area to restore peace. Rai has also spoken to the Lt Governor Anil Baijal on the issue of law and order.
Congress intermin President Sonia Gandhi has appealed for ‘calm’. In a statement, she appealed “that people of Delhi should maintain communal harmony and curb the design of those who are communal wanted to divide the society”.
Gandhi expressed sadness at the deaths and offered her condolences. She also said that the country has no place for the people involved in violence and for those who want to impose their ideology forcibly in the land of Mahatma Gandhi.