In his first reaction to incidents of violence in Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today 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. “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,” PM Modi tweeted. “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,” he added. 27 people have been killed and at least 200 injured in communal violence in northeast Delhi for the last few days. On the other hand, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi said, Union Home Minister Amit Shah must take responsibility for violence in Delhi and resign, hitting out at the government over the large-scale violence that has erupted in parts of northeast Delhi, killing 23 people and over 180 injured. “What was the Home Minister doing since last week? What was the Home Minister doing earlier this week? Why were the paramilitary forces not called in earlier when the Home Ministry saw the situation worsening,” Mrs Gandhi said at a press conference at the Congress headquarters in the capital.
The violence-hit areas continue to remain tense this morning, with police and paramilitary personnel on the ground. Late last night, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval visited areas affected by the violence and met with top police officers. Mr Doval visited areas such as Seelampur, Jaffrabad, Maujpur and Gokulpuri Chowk to take stock of the law and order situation. The Cabinet Committee on Security – the final decision-making body on matters related to the country’s security – will meet today to discuss the violence in the capital. Smoke was seen rising from buildings and streets were strewn with rocks and broken glasses after three days of violence between pro- and anti-citizenship law protesters. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who oversees law and order in Delhi, held his third meeting within 24 hours over violence in the northeastern part of the national capital.
18 FIRs Registered And 106 People Arrested So Far: Delhi PRO, MS Randhawa
“Till now Delhi Police has registered 18 FIRs so far and 106 people have been arrested in connection with the incidents in northeast Delhi. Miscreants are being identified. We have the CCTV footage and strong evidence. No untoward incident took place today,” said MS Randhawa, Delhi Police PRO. CBSE postpones exams scheduled for tomorrow in northeast part of Delhi. Exams in rest of Delhi shall be conducted as scheduled. The next date of exam for affected students will be notified shortly.
CBSE postpones the following subject exams scheduled for tomorrow in North East Part of Delhi.
Exams in rest of Delhi shall be conducted as scheduled.
The next date of exam for affected students will be notified shortly. pic.twitter.com/rLraVmLJQP
– ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2020
PM Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, NSA Ajit Doval Monitoring The Situation In Delhi: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, and the National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval are monitoring the situation,” said Union Information Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Delhi violence.