DELHI VIOLENCE … Street fights between pro and anti-CAA groups in Delhi take toll of 13 lives

NEW DELHI: The scenario of clashes between pro and anti-CAA groups in Delhi worsened on the third consecutive day of the street fights, taking a toll so far of 13 lives. The worst affected areas are in North-East Delhi, where rival groups positioned themselves in the streets with lethal weapons like swords in Chand Bagh and Bhajanpura areas, and police deployment remained inadequate to deal with the law and order problem. 

Several cases of arson were reported from the affected areas, including one from a tyre market in Gokulpuri. Reports of violence came also from areas like Maujpur, Vijay Park and Yamuna Vihar. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal stated on Tuesday that the police officers were hand-tied as no orders as to how face the violence came from the higher authorities. The officers said they did not know whether to tear-gas crowds, lathi-charge them, or arrest them. 

Apparently, the Union Government which handles the police in Delhi is cautious also because the violence erupted in the context of the visit of US president Donald Trump. With Trump ending his two-day visit and returning home, strong action from the law and order agencies are likely on Wednesday. IHN-NN


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