PM Modi reviews situation in Delhi, appeals for peace

If police act as per law, many of these problems won't take place, says SC on Delhi riots; Delhi CM demands deployment of army in riot-hit areas of the national capital

Prime News, National, New Delhi, February 26:- In his first reaction to incidents of violence in Delhi which have left at least 20 people dead, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday appealed for peace and brotherhood, and said he has held an extensive review of the prevailing situation in various parts of the national capital.

He also said it was important that calm and normalcy was restored at the earliest.

“Peace and harmony are central to our ethos. I appeal to my sisters and brothers of Delhi to maintain peace and brotherhood at all times. It is important that there is calm and normalcy is restored at the earliest,” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi today (Feb 26).

“Had an extensive review on the situation prevailing in various parts of Delhi. Police and other agencies are working on the ground to ensure peace and normalcy,” tweeted PM Modi.

Meanwhile, at least 20 people were killed in three days of clashes in New Delhi apparently sparked by President Donald Trump’s first state visit to India, with the death toll expected to rise as hospitals were overflowed with dozens of injured people, authorities said Wednesday.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kerjiwal, called on Wednesday for the government of Prime Minister Modi to send the Indian Army to areas in the northeast of the national capital affected by the riots.

Police characterised the situation as tense, but under control. Schools remained closed, and a ban on assembly continued.

The clashes escalated on Tuesday between Hindu mobs and Muslims protesting a contentious new citizenship law that fast-tracks naturalisation for foreign-born religious minorities of all major faiths in South Asia except Islam.

Television images showed streets littered with mangled remains of vehicles, rocks and burned tires in the worst-hit areas of Chand Bagh, Bhajanpura, Gokulpuri, Maujpur, Kardampuri and Jaffrabad, which witnesses pitched battles between the rival groups who also hurled gasoline bombs and opened fire on Monday and Tuesday.

Police should act as per law: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said environment is not conducive to hear PILs against the Shaheen Bagh protest; two days after court-appointed interlocutors filed their report in a sealed envelope.

“Environment isn’t very conducive to hear Shaheen Bagh protests case. Sanity has to be maintained by everyone when a matter is to be heard,” a bench of Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph observed.

“Let everything cool down first. There are larger issues that need to be handled right now. I expect both sides to act responsibly,” Justice Kaul said as the matter was adjourned to March 23.

Referring to the violent clashes in the northeast Delhi, which have claimed 20 lives so far, the bench observed, “The problem is lack of professionalisation of police. And their lack of independence. If the police acts completely in accordance with the law, many of these problems won’t take place. If someone makes an inflammatory remark, police will swing into action but not otherwise.”

“Administration will determine who is responsible for all this, we don’t want to say anything at this stage, Justice Kaul said.

National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval was on Wednesday (Feb 26) entrusted with the task of bringing normalcy in the national capital, three days after recent clashes between pro and anti-CAA protesters claimed the lives of at least 18 people and left over 150 injured in the northeast district of Delhi.

According to the government sources, Doval visited the affected areas including Jaffarabad, Seelampur and other parts of Northeast Delhi on Tuesday night and held talks with leaders of different communities. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)





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