New Delhi: The women staging a sit-in at Jaffrabad in north-east Delhi against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) on Tuesday evening called off their protest after several elders of the community urged them. However, the police immediately resorted to lathi-charge to disperse a crowd. Also Read - Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, Delhi Police Releases List of 'Potentially Dangerous Domains' | Check Here
The Jaffrabad and the Maujpur areas in northeast Delhi have turned into battle zones since Sunday. Also Read - Delhi Police Asks DCP to Work From Home After His Daughter Returns From Abroad
Earlier in the day, Delhi Police opened fire in the air to disperse a crowd in Jaffrabad area after a riot control vehicle was pelted with stones by hundreds of angry protesters. The police first fired tear gas shells but when they saw the situation turning worse, they fired over 70-80 rounds in the air, police officials told IANS. Also Read - Delhi Police Arrests Man Who Spat, Hurled Racial Slurs at Manipuri Woman
Additional police forces, including the Rapid Action Force, has been sent to the area. A police team led by Northeast Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Atul Thakur held talks with senior community members in the Jaffrabad area.
After the talks, elder members of the community convinced the women protesters to call off their protest from Jaffrabad metro station and shift to Seelampur. But as soon as the women protesters left the site, the police resorted to lathi-charge, injuring several people. The police then fired the tear gas shells.
On Monday, there were reports of violence and arson from the areas as Delhi Police confirmed that 10 people, including a police head constable, had died in the rioting that has continued sporadically across several localities since Saturday.
Rioters from both pro-CAA groups and those opposing have used stones, sticks and country-made firearms causing violence in the national capital. With 13 killed so far, the number of injured persons is still on the rise at the Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital.
With IANS inputs