A view of Northeast Delhi's Karawal Nagar after three days of violence in the area, on February 26, 2020.
A view of Northeast Delhi's Karawal Nagar after three days of violence in the area, on February 26, 2020. | Bidesh Manna/IANS

Delhi violence: Toll rises to 36, as many as 113 companies of security forces deployed


New Delhi, February 27, 2020

The death toll in three days of violence in Northeast Delhi, which began on Sunday, rose to 36 today even as a total of 113 companies of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) and Delhi Police are deployed in the strife-torn areas of the national capital to maintain law and order.

More than 200 others were injured in the incidents of stone-pelting and firing from country arms, which began on Sunday and turned deadly on Monday and Tuesday.

The dead include a police Head Constable, an Intelligence Bureau (IB) staff, and several civilians ranging from an autorickshaw driver to small businessmen.

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.