Constable, civilian killed in Delhi as violent clashes break out over CAA; vehicles torched

New Delhi: A Delhi Police constable and a civilian were killed Monday as clashes broke out in northeast Delhi for the second consecutive day as pro and anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protesters pelted stones at each other. Sources close to the Ministry of Home Affairs said the violence appears to be orchestrated to coincide with the visit of US President Donald Trump.

Protesters from both sides were injured in the violence. At least 37 police personnel, including DCP Shahdara, were also injured. All of them have been taken to GTB hospital.

Some vehicles and a fire tender were torched in Jaffrabad and Maujpur as police had to fire tear gas shells to disperse the protesters. Section 144 of CrPC has been imposed in the affected areas.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) closed the entry and exit gates of Jaffrabad, Maujpur-Babarpur, Gokulpuri, Johri Enclave, Shiv Vihar, Udyog Bhawan, Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, and Janpath stations. Trains will not be halting at these stations.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took notice of the violence and urged the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and Home Minister Amit Shah to restore law and order in the area.

“Very distressing news regarding disturbance of peace and harmony in parts of Delhi coming in. I sincerely urge Hon’ble LG n Hon’ble Union Home Minister to restore law and order n ensure that peace and harmony is maintained. Nobody should be allowed to orchestrate flagrations,” he tweeted.