New Delhi: The American Embassy in Delhi on Wednesday urged its citizens to exercise caution while travelling in the national capital in the wake of escalating violence in Northeast Delhi. As many as 23 people have died so far in the riot-like situation. Also Read - 'Stay Indoors, Observe Shab-E-Barat Solemnly', Delhi Police Urges Muslims Amid COVID-19 Lockdown
“Avoid all areas with demonstrations. It is important that you monitor local media outlets for updates on demonstrations, road and Metro closures, and possible curfews,” stated the advisory released by the US Embassy this evening, adding that Section 144 has been imposed in several areas. Also Read - Delhi Police Using Cellphone Data to Trace People Who Attended Jamaat Congregation: Report
It also asked American citizens to monitor local media for updates in their respective areas and keep a low profile on political matters.
Earlier today, the Delhi High Court directed the police to register FIRs against political leaders who made inflammatory speeches. It will hear the matter again on Thursday.
Widespread communal riots broke out on Sunday after clashes between groups protesting for and against the Centre’s contentious Citizenship Amendment Act escalated into violence. Over 250 people have been injured amid incidents of stone-pelting, 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.