New Delhi: Five people, including a cop, were killed and around 50 were injured on Monday after violence broke out across northeast Delhi for the second time in less than 24 hours. The violence came mere hours before United States President Donald Trump, who landed shortly before 7.30 pm, was expected in Delhi. Also Read - Delhi Violence: 5 People, Including Head Constable, Killed in Clashes Over CAA Amid US President Trump's Visit
“Till now 54 persons have been brought to the hospital. We are still receiving patients”, said Rajesh Kalra, Additional Medical Superintendent at GTB hospital.
Government sources alleged that violence in the national capital was “orchestrated” by some for publicity as it coincides with Trump’s visit to Delhi.
In the wake of the violence, entry and exit gates of Jaffrabad, Maujpur-Babarpur, Gokulpuri, Johri Enclave, and Shiv Vihar metro stations have been closed.
As a precautionary measure, Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia announced that all government and private schools in violence-affected Northeast Delhi will be closed on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, CRPF sources said that a total of 8 CRPF companies have been deployed in Northeast Delhi area including two companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) and one company of women security personnel.
What are leaders saying?
Soon after the violence, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy on Monday condemned the incident and said the ministry will take strict action against those responsible for the violence.
He also went on to say that additional security forces have been deployed in the vulnerable areas where massive protests are taking place.
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.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi too urged citizens of Delhi to exercise restraint ‘no matter what the provocation’. Sister Priyanka also appealed the same, asserting that violence only causes harm to common people and the country.