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New Delhi, February 27, 2020
At least 37 people lost their lives in the worst mayhem that the capital witnessed in decades after a clash between CAA opponents and supporters turned violent on Sunday.
According to the officials, 34 people died in Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital in Dilshad Garden while three other deaths have been reported from Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital.
At the LNJP hospital near Delhi Gate, while one person was brought dead, the remaining two succumbed to injuries during treatment.
"Nine patients have died at the GTB hospital during the treatment while twenty five riot victims were brought dead at the hospital," Medical Superintendent Sunil Kumar said in a statement released by the hospital on Thursday evening.
Kumar also said that the hospital received and treated 215 riot victims since February 2. However now, only 51 patients are currently admitted and receiving treatment at various departments in the hospital.
About the post-mortem of the deceased, Kumar said "the post-mortem exams has been done for 8 more bodies, apart from 4 that was done earlier. All have been handed over to the attendants. Autopsy request for these had come from concerned IO (Investigating Officer)."
The dead include a police Head Constable, an Intelligence Bureau (IB) staff, and several civilians ranging from an autorickshaw driver to small businessmen.
Meanwhile, a total of 113 companies of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) and Delhi Police have been deployed in the strife-torn areas of the national capital to maintain law and order.
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs said the deployment of the security personnel was made a day after the deadly violence broke out in various areas of northeast Delhi such as Bhjanpura, Chand Bagh, Maujpur, Kardampuri, Jafrabad, Ashok Nagar, Shiv Vihar and many other nearby places.
Asserting that the "situation is under control", the Ministry said that a total of 73 companies of CAPF or paramilitary forces were deployed in the city on Monday in addition to 40 companies of Delhi Police.
One company of CAPF or Delhi Police consists of around 105 to 115 personnel.
As per the calculation, a total of 113 companies or around 12,000 security personnel from CAPF and Delhi Police have been deployed in the violence-hit areas.
The Ministry's clarification came after reports in some sections of media raised questions about shortage of police personnel in the city which led to the turmoil which began after a clash between groups of anti-CAA protesters and pro-CAA groups.
"As against cited shortages of police personnel in Delhi, it is stated that there is adequate strength of forces on the ground since this Monday. Based on professional assessment, 73 companies of CAPFs deployed in addition to 40 Coys of Delhi Police. Situation is under control," Ministry spokesperson Vasudha Gupta said.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police has set up special teams which are conducting raids in the National Capital Region to arrest those involved in the violence, a day after the Delhi High Court talked tough on the alleged inaction of the security forces during the violence.
A DCP-rank officer said that situation in the northeast Delhi had improved between Tuesday night and Wednesday and no untoward incident had been reported ever since. This had enabled authorities to spare police officials to conduct raids on Thursday to arrest the suspected rioters.
These teams comprise officers and jawans of police stations concerned, apart from those from the Special Cell and Crime Branch.
"Though teams are conducting raids to catch hold of all those involved in arson and looting. We are in particular looking for an area councillor who is absconding ever since his role in the violence came to light," an Additional Commissioner of Police, who wished not to be named, told IANS.