New Delhi: The Delhi Police has deployed drones in the violence-hit areas of the national capital on Thursday to monitor and take cognizance of the prevailing situation. The death toll due to the agitation has gone up to 37, while over 200 people have been injured and admitted to hospitals. (Follow LIVE Updates here) Also Read - 'Stay Indoors, Observe Shab-E-Barat Solemnly', Delhi Police Urges Muslims Amid COVID-19 Lockdown
The camera drones in riot-hit localities play a crucial role in checking any further escalation in tension. The drones were pressed into service on Wednesday night, hours after Delhi High Court’s whip to ensure peace in the region. Surveillance started with the help of drone cameras in Maujpur and Kabir Nagar areas as the sun started setting. Also Read - Delhi Police Using Cellphone Data to Trace People Who Attended Jamaat Congregation: Report
According to reports, local residents have also been assisting security forces in their bid to maintain peace by providing information on “suspicious elements and movements”. With the help of these people, police and paramilitary forces are trying to gather information about the miscreants who triggered the agitation.
A Maujpur resident told news agency IANS, “The presence of paramilitary forces has brought a sense of security to the people here.”
“People here are feeling relieved due to the presence of security forces. We have also maintained vigilance in the streets along with security forces after midnight,” another resident said.
The Delhi Police maintained that the situation is under control and no fresh violence has occurred in the last two days. A Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been constituted under its Crime Branch and all the FIRs related to the violence have been transferred to the probe team.
Meanwhile, all markets remained shut on Thursday and essential services such as schools, hospitals, banks, nursing homes, etc. remained affected. Public transport was not easily available as well.