Five people including 2 policemen were killed and more than 100 were injured in northeast Delhi, on the evening of the 24th of February.
According to sources, there were violent protesters against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act [CAA,] 2019 in areas like Jaffrabad, Maujpur, Chandbagh, Khureji Khas and Bhajanpura.
Soon the violence turned the areas into a war zone by torching houses, vandalising shops, houses, petrol pumps and stone pelting .
It is said one of the protesters named Shahrukh even opened fire at police and people . The Delhi Police detained the man and said, “Shahrukh, the man in a red t-shirt who opened fire at police during violence in Northeast Delhi yesterday, has been detained.”
Later, to control the situation, the Delhi Police fired tear gas shells and also resorted to lathi charge.
The clashes and violent situation continued in the aforementioned areas till late night of the 24th of February.
While many are questioning the protestors for the violence, many blamed the goons or the protestors who were violent, to be affiliated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) .
A few people in the Maujpur and Chandbagh area said, the goons who vandalised their houses and shops and beat them were shouting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Bharat ma ki hai’ slogans. They also said, the protestors were wearing saffron colour clothes with tilaks on their foreheads.
Meanwhile, Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, condemned the deaths occured in the violence and said, “The death of the police head constable is very sad. He was also one of us. Please renounce violence. Nobody benefits from this. All problems will be solved by peace.”
Amit Shah, the Home Minister of India, also met the officials of Delhi Police and asked to maintain law and order. The Delhi Police also imposed Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in 10 areas of Delhi.
Schools and colleges are shut due to these riots, internal exams were also cancelled for the time being.
The CAA protests have been continuing in the Capital of India since the past 2 months. People are on 24X7 protests.
Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 implemented by the BJP Government came into effect from the 11th of January, 2020. The Act promises citizenship to the refugees persecuted in Islam countries like Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan based on their religious belief.
The refugees who belong to communities like Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Parsis, Jains and Buddhists and are residing in India since or before the 31st of December, 2014 are eligible under the Act.