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Delhi: Violence under control, politics flares up

Delhi Police has said that the situation in the violence hit North-Eastern part of the city is under control. The death toll in the violence has gone up to 28. More than 100 People have been arrested in connection with violence and sufficient forces have been deployed in the affected areas. Delhi Police has issued two helpline numbers for any assistance or sharing any information with the police. Ministry of Home Affairs in an advisory has said that 'Mob violence and lynching is a heinous crime and serious criminal offence. It invites serious consequences and stringent punishment under the law.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday reviewed situation in violence hit North East Delhi. In a series of tweets, Mr Modi said, police and other agencies are working on the ground to ensure peace and normalcy. He said, peace and harmony are central to country's ethos and appealed to everyone to maintain peace and brotherhood at all times. National Security Adviser Ajit Doval visited the affected areas yesterday and took stock of the situation.

In another development, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday lashed out at Delhi government and Centre, accusing them of being “mute spectators” as violence continued unabated in Northeast Delhi. She reiterated her demand for the dismissal of Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Gandhi led a delegation of senior Congress leaders, and met President Ram Nath Kovind to seek normalcy and peace in violence-hit Delhi. After meeting the President, Gandhi told reporters that instead of taking active steps to remedy or diffuse the situation, the central government as also the newly-elected Delhi government, have remained mute spectators as completely mindless rage, designed violence and organised looting of property has continued unabated.

The delegation consisted of Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh, party leaders Ahmed Patel and Randeep Surjewala. Dr Singh said after the meeting that the delegation called upon President to suggest to him that what has happened in last four days in Delhi is a matter of great concern and a matter of national shame in which at least 34 people have died and 200 people are injured. It is a reflection on total failure of Central government. Sonia Gandhi said that the President assured the delegation of looking into their concerns.

In a statement Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati  said the recent violence in northeast Delhi was much like the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. "It is very sad and condemnable," . She alleged that under the garb of the riots, cheap politics was being played by the parties in the city, saying the parties must desist from it. Demanding a Supreme Court-supervised probe into the violence, she said the central and the Delhi government should together compensate for the loss of lives and property in the riots. The Bahujan Samaj Party chief said the parties, including the Bharatiya Janata Party, must take stern action against its leaders for inflammatory statements. Mayavati also said police should be given a free hand to control the law and order situation in the national capital.
She would soon be writing a letter to the president in this regard.


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