The Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on February 26th, 2020, said the police is unable to control the situation in Northeast Delhi and hence the army should be called in to instil confidence in people.
“I have been in touch wid large no of people whole nite. Situation alarming. Police, despite all its efforts, unable to control situation and instil confidence. Army shud be called in and curfew imposed in rest of affected areas immediately. Am writing to Hon’ble HM to this effect (sic),” Kejriwal tweeted. He also said that he would dash off a letter to Amit Shah in the matter.
Kejriwal’s remark came after the last night protest outside his residence.
At least 20 people including a policeman have been killed and over 200 sustained injuries in the violence so far. The violence erupted on February 22nd, 2020 after a clash between pro and anti-Citizenship Amendment Act groups in Northeast Delhi.
It may be mentioned that the national capital is a union territory and hence Police and public order comes under the central government, controlled by the home ministry via Lt Governor Anil Baijal.
Shoot at sight order was issued and a curfew was imposed on February 25th, 2020. Central Board of Secondary Education postponed its board examination of class 10 and 12.
The Delhi High Court directed the police to ensure safe passage and emergency treatment for people injured in Delhi violence. A total of 11 FIRs have been registered in connection with violence in Northeast Delhi.
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