New Delhi: An uneasy calm has taken over Delhi after several parts in the northeastern district faced the brunt of communal riots for nearly a week. Some signs of normalcy returned to the agitation-hit areas as people stepped out of their homes to buy groceries and medicines from a few shops that pulled up their shutters. Also Read - Two Men Allegedly Rob People Using Monkeys in South Delhi’s Malviya Nagar, Arrested
The Delhi Police stated that no incident of violence has taken place in the last three days and the “situation is under control”. Also Read - Delhi: 'Cyber Stalker' Arrested For Harassing Girls, Uploading Morphed Pics Online
However, there is still an intensified patrolling by security personnel, and the Rapid Action Force has been placed strategically in places to monitor any untoward incident. Large gatherings still continue to be banned although a Section 144 that was imposed in several areas on February 24 was relaxed briefly from 10 AM to 2 PM. Also Read - Delhi Police Warns of Strict Action Against those Not Following COVID Protocols During Holi Celebrations
Earlier today, six youths were arrested for raising the infamous chants of “Desh ke gaddaron ko, goli maaro saalon ko (shoot the traitors)” in the heart of Delhi inside the Rajiv Chowk metro station. Notably, the ‘Goli Maaro‘ slogan – first raised by Union Minister Anurag Thakur during a poll rally in January – has become a popular war-cry with those threatening violence against people protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act.
Meanwhile, the AAP government has planned to launch an intensive campaign to scrutinise popular messaging app WhatsApp and limit its use in spreading misinformation and hateful messages, which was identified as a leading factor that flared up communal riots in the national capital. Under the campaign, the AAP government will issue advertisements to the public, making them aware of the penalties under the legal system if found circulating such material.
The Delhi government’s decision comes a day after the Delhi Police said that it was closely monitoring social media platforms for any hateful content. Home Minister Amit Shah had also urged people to “not believe in rumours and fall prey to evil designs of miscreants and groups interested in precipitating communal tension.”
As many as 42 people had died in the agitation that escalated on Sunday following protests over the amended citizenship law or CAA. The police have received over 7,500 calls for help over the past few days while more than 500 people have been detained in the violence.