Maujpur-Babarpur Violence: Constable killed, Section 144 imposed

Sukirti Mishra 24/02/2020 17:39:26

New Delhi. The clashes over the Citizenship Amendment Act in Maujpur, Delhi took a violent turn on Monday, killing the head constable of Delhi Police. Head Constable Ratan Lal was posted in the ACP Gokalpuri office in Delhi. DCP Shahdara Amit Sharma and several others were left injured as violence erupted in parts of Northeast Delhi. The agitators also set fire to a petrol pump in the Bhajanpura area. 


The clashes broke out between pro and anti-CAA demonstrations in Gokalpuri on Monday when the two sides pelted stones at each other. Tension escalated in Jaffrabad and Maujpur areas after protesters torched at least two houses and a fire tender during the clashes between pro and anti-CAA groups. As per the latest reports, the students of Jamia Millia Islamia are likely to assemble at New Police headquarters at 6:30 pm to protest against alleged police brutality and mob violence in Delhi. 

The entry and exit gates of Jaffrabad, Maujpur-Babarpur, Gokulpuri, Johri Enclave, and Shiv Vihar metro stations have been closed following the violence in the North East district. Trains will terminate at the Welcome metro station. 
The Delhi Police have stated that every possible measure is being taken to restore normalcy in the violence-hit regions and imposed Section 144 in at least 10 areas of Northeast Delhi. Strict action will be taken against miscreants and anti-social elements. "These riots were a result of incitement by an ex MLA & BJP leader. Now there is clear evidence of police involvement. The ex-MLA should be arrested immediately, urgent steps should be taken to control the violence. Otherwise, it’ll spread," AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said. 


Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has instructed Delhi Police and Commissioner of Police to ensure law and order is maintained in North East Delhi. "The situation is being closely monitored. I urge everyone to exercise restraint for the maintenance of peace and harmony," added Baijal.


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