New Delhi: 20 people have been killed and more than 150 – including a child – injured as armed mobs rampaged through parts of northeast Delhi on Tuesday, looting and burning buildings and vehicles.
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.
The meeting was also attended by Indian Police Service (IPS) officer SN Srivastava, who was appointed as the special police commissioner on Tuesday.
The meeting came hours after Mr Shah discussed the law and order situation with Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Commissioner of Police Amulya Patnaik, Congress leader Subhash Chopra, BJP’s Manoj Tiwari and Ramvir Bidhuri.
In the meeting, Mr Shah had urged the leaders to rise above politics to tackle the situation, news agency ANI reported
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that police was not able to control the ongoing violence in Northeast Delhi, or instill confidence in the people. He said the Army should be called in, and curfew should be imposed in all the affected areas.