New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday urged citizens of Delhi to exercise restraint ‘no matter what the provocation’ as large-scale violence broke out in northeast Delhi with pro and anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters clashed with each other for a second consecutive day. Also Read - Delhi Metro Closes Nine Stations as Large-Scale Violence Erupts in Northeast Delhi
One Delhi Police head constable and a civilian were killed in the clashes which broke out earlier today. Also Read - CAA Protests Turn Violent in Northeast Delhi, LG Baijal, CM Kejriwal Urge All to Exercise Restraint
Rahul, the former national president of the Congress, tweeted: “The violence today in Delhi is disturbing and must be unequivocally condemned. Peaceful protests are a sign of a healthy democracy, but violence can never be justified.” Also Read - CAA Protests: Cop, Civilian Killed in Gokulpuri, Protester Opens Fire in Jaffrabad, Fresh Clashes in Bhajanpura
” I urge the citizens of Delhi to show restraint, compassion and understanding no matter what the provocation,” he added.
Earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Twitter, urged Union Home Minister Amit Shah to restore law and order in the national capital. Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, too, directed the police to maintain law and order in the affected areas, adding that the situation was being closely monitored.
The Delhi Metro, too, has shut down the entry and exit gates at several stations. Section 144 has been imposed in 10 areas of northeast Delhi.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), has alleged that the situation was created intentionally to coincide with US President Donald Trump’s maiden state visit to India. MoS (Home) G Kishan Reddy has said that action will be taken against those involved in violence.