Death toll in Delhi protests reaches 5; LG instructs Police Commissioner to ensure law and order

Five people, including a head constable, were killed and at least 50 others injured as violence spiralled over the amended citizenship law in northeast Delhi, turning it into a battlefield on Monday with frenzied protesters torching houses, shops, vehicles, a petrol pump, and hurling stones.

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has instructed Delhi Police Commissioner to ensure that law and order is maintained in North East Delhi in view of violence in the area. In a tweet, Mr. Baijal said, the situation is being closely monitored. He urged everyone to exercise restraint for the maintenance of peace and harmony.

Earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had urged the Lt. Governor and Home Minister Amit Shah to restore law and order. According to Delhi Police, some incidents of violence and arson have been reported in the areas of North-East district including Maujpur, Kardampuri, Chand Bagh and Dayalpur. During the clashes, a Delhi Police head constable was killed. Section 144 has been imposed in the affected areas of the North East district. Delhi Police has said that strict action will be taken against miscreants and anti-social elements. Police has appealed to maintain peace and harmony and not to believe in any false rumors.

Union Minister of State for Home Kishan Reddy today strongly condemned the incident in which a head constable died in stone pelting in Delhi. Speaking to media in Hyderabad, the Minister said, the agitators who are demonstrating against CAA have been trying to create law and order problems. He said, it is highly condemnable as the incidents were instigated to defame India, especially when the US President is on an official visit. He said, an inquiry has been ordered into the incident and also warned the perpetrators that stringent action will be taken to contain violence.

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