Delhi Violence Updates: Brittle Quiet After Two Days Of Clashes, Death Toll Rises To 27
Mosque, Dargah Vandalised In Northeast Delhi During Violence, Claim Locals
A mosque and a dargah were vandalised before being set afire during the communal violence in northeast Delhi, locals claimed on Wednesday. The mosque is situated at Ashok Nagar area in northeast Delhi, while the dargah is located in Chand Bagh.
The locals in Ashok Nagar area said the mosque was set on fire by unidentified miscreants on Tuesday afternoon.
"We got to know about it through social media... We came to know from police that the mosque was vandalised around 12 p.m. This is unfortunate and I can say that it was not done by any local, outsiders were involved," one of the locals, who did not wish to be named, said.
He said the mosque was very old and construction work was going on there. There were a few Muslim families who lived there but now they have left the area, he added.
Brittle Quiet After Two Days Of Communal Riot In Northeast Delhi, Toll Rises To 27
After two days of communal clashes that claimed 27 lives, a brittle quiet settled over parts of riot-hit northeast Delhi on Wednesday but there was violence in some other places with shops set ablaze and the body of an IB staffer found in a drain.
As police conducted flag marches and security personnel spread out across the northeastern edge of the national capital in a bid to quell the violence raging since Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his first reaction appealed for peace and brotherhood.
National Security Adviser Ajit Doval visited some riot-hit areas. "What has happened has happened. Inshallah, there will be complete peace here," he said.
Doval had on Tuesday undertaken a late night tour with Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik and newly-appointed Special Commissioner SN Shrivastava.
The Delhi Police said it has arrested 106 people for their alleged involvement in the violence and have registered 18 FIRs.
Rs 2 Lakh Compensation For Those Killed In Delhi Violence
A compensation of Rs 2 lakh will be paid to the next of kin of the people who have died in the communal violence in northeast Delhi, senior officials said on Wednesday. At least 24 fatalities have been reported in the violence over the last few days, 22 at GTB Hospital and two at LNJP Hospital.
“A compensation of Rs 2 lakh will be paid to the next of kin of the people who have died in the communal violence. Persons who have been seriously injured will be given a relief amount of Rs 50,000,” a senior official told PTI.
The official said the compensation is part of the government's existing scheme to offer relief fund to victims killed in any disaster or other such incidents.
“The beneficiaries would be identified through the MLCs (medico-legal cases). We have already discussed it with hospital authorities. The relief fund would be transferred to the beneficiaries through bank transactions,” the official said.
Delhi Violence: Rioters Were From Outside, Says Arvind Kejriwal
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that rioters from outside and some political and anti-social elements were involved in the northeast Delhi violence in which 24 people, including a police head constable, were killed.
Speaking in the Delhi Assembly, the chief minister appealed to Union Home Minister Amit Shah that if required, the Army should be called in to control the situation in the riot-affected areas.
Kejriwal said the common man of Delhi did not indulge in violence and asserted that a modern Delhi cannot be built on a pile of dead bodies.
“There are two options before Delhiites. One is that we should stand together and make prosperous future of Delhi, and second is to get involved in violence. Modern Delhi cannot be built on a pile of dead bodies. We have to make Delhi developed city through good schools, hospitals,” Kejriwal said in the House.
Union Cabinet Did Not Discuss Delhi Violence In Meet
The issue of violence in the national capital did not figure in the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said.
Javadekar answered in the negative when asked at a media briefing whether the violence in North East Delhi, which has claimed 24 lives so far, figured in the Cabinet meeting.
He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval are keeping an eye on the situation.