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New Delhi, February 28, 2020
As the number of deaths in violence in northeast Delhi reached 43, Special Commissioner of Police S. N. Srivastava on Friday said that normalcy has been returning in riot-hit areas and the police have registered over 100 cases so far.
During inspection of affected areas, Srivastava, who will hold additional charge of the Delhi Police Commissioner's post from March 1, said that no untoward event has happened in the last 60 hours in the city.
"We had put adequate security measures in place for Friday prayers. From extensive outreach programmes... our officers went forward and interacted with people. We understand that people want peace and harmony. I think we are fast moving towards normalcy," Srivastava said.
He said that 331 peace committee meetings have been held in the last two days to restore law and order. He said that the police also have registered more than 100 cases pertaining to riots and murders and two special investigation teams (SITs) have been formed under Crime Branch.
Srivastava refused to comment on any specific case but asserted that no one who is a culprit and had participated in riots would be spared.
The officer said that the killing of Intelligence Bureau staffer Ankit Sharma is certainly a very bad case but the police has been giving equal importance to other violent incidents in which various people were killed and injured.
"We have been appealing to the people to send videos and footage related to the violence on a WhatsApp number we have provided so that those can be used as evidence."
About future action, he said that police investigation is on a positive note and the main objective is to instil a feeling of security in people.
"Police is for the help of people," he said even as prohibitory orders were relaxed for 10 hours on Friday in view of improvements in the ground situation in the riot-hit northeast districts.
Areas under 12 of the 203 police stations in Delhi (about 4.2 per cent of the geographical area) were affected in the violence that began on February 23 evening and continued for a couple of days.
Srivastava was drafted into the Delhi Police on Tuesday evening to bring the riot-hit areas of the northeast district under control.