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Policeman Dead As Clashes Over CAA Erupt In Delhi

By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 24, Feb 2020, 18:54 pm IST | UPDATED: 24, Feb 2020, 18:54 pm IST

Policeman Dead As Clashes Over CAA Erupt In Delhi Delhi: A day ahead of United States President Donald Trump's visit to the national capital, several reports of violent clashes came out on Monday with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal seeking Central government to restore law and order and ensure peace. Tension prevailed on Monday in Maujpur area of north-east Delhi after clashes between pro- and anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)groups with stones being pelted and people running helter-skelter even as the police conducted flag marches to bring the situation under control.

People say that there has been stone pelting from the crematorium side by the protesters. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed concern over the incidents and has sought help from Union Home Minister Amit Shah in order to ensure law and order in the capital city.

Very distressing news regarding disturbance of peace and harmony in parts of Delhi coming in. I sincerely urge Hon'ble LG n Hon'ble Union Home Minister to restore law and order and ensure that peace and harmony is maintained. Nobody should be allowed to orchestrate flagrations," he wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile, one Delhi Police head constable has lost his life and one DCP injured during clashes between two groups in Delhi's Gokulpuri area.

The Delhi Metro, meanwhile, announced closure of entrance and exit gates of Maujpur-Babarpur metro station.

Protests and rallies by anti and pro-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) groups rocked the area on Sunday, with pro-CAA groups rallying at Maujpur-Babarpur metro station, and Maujpur chowk while the anti-CAA protesters held fort in Kabir Nagar and Jaffarabad areas.

Alok Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Delhi Police, eastern range, told mediapersons that the situation remained tense in the vicinity and the police were monitoring the situation. Adequate police personnel have been deployed after security forces were pelted with stones during the violence.

Meanwhile, rumours ran thick and fast amid reports that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kapil Mishra and his supporters came under attack by stone-pelters and some reports said trains were also vandalized. The people have questioned the role of police, alleging the police personnel remained mute spectators when the clashes broke out and did nothing to check the violence.

According to news agency IANS, a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) team has been deployed in the surrounding areas as the situation seemed to deteriorate.

Even as the situation appeared to be moving towards resolution at Shaheen Bagh where a 71-day roadblock represents anti-CAA sentiment, tension has been brewing in the eastern part of Delhi, since Saturday night, following the blockade of a road in Jaffrabad by anti-CAA protesters in response to a bandh call given for Sunday by Chandrashekhar Azad of the Bhim Army.

US President, who is on a 2-day visit to India, will arrive in New Delhi on Tuesday. On February 25, Trump will first receive a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhawan as per protocol. From there, he will go to Rajghat to pay homage at the samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi.

This will be followed by both, restricted, and delegation-level talks between Trump and and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Hyderabad House in the national capital.
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