AjeyoLAST UPDATED: Feb. 24, 2020, 6:26 p.m.
New Delhi, Feb 24: Violence rocked several areas of Delhi in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) on Monday.
The Delhi Police has imposed Section 144 in sensitive areas in the north-eastern part of the national capital.
According to the information received, curfew can also be considered if the condition does not improve in these areas of Delhi.
The situation in Bhajanpura area of Delhi is said to be the most stressful. A large number of police forces are present here. Violent mobs have set fire to buildings and several vehicles have also been severely damaged.
Tension prevailed on Monday in Maujpur area of north-east Delhi after clashes between pro- and anti-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.
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 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 reports, a 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 roadblack 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.
Meanwhile, a petrol pump has been burnt down by the protesters in Bhajanpura. The head constable was killed during clashes over CAA in northeast Delhi, said Delhi Police
As the eastern part of Delhi burns after clashes between anti and pro-CAA protesters, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has partially suspended services on Pink Line.
In a tweet posted on Monday afternoon, DMRC said, "Entry & exit gates of Jaffrabad, Maujpur-Babarpur, Gokulpuri, Johri Enclave and Shiv Vihar are closed."
"Trains will terminate at Welcome metro station," DMRC said in the tweet.
Passengers commuting on the section were informed about the security update as announcements were made in the metros regarding the termination of metro services on the route.
The route commences from Anand Vihar in east Delhi and ends at Shiv Vihar area. Between the two stations, there are 9 other stations which include Karkar Duma, Kakarduma court, welcome and Gokulpuri which are among the most frequented stations by commuters.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday urged people of Delhi to shun violence in the wake of tension in northeast Delhi leading to death of a Delhi head constable.
Expressing his grief over the death of Ratan Lal, the police head consable, the CM tweeted: "The death of the police head constable is very sad. He was also one of us. Please renounce violence. Nobody benefits from this. All problems will be solved by peace."
Ratan Lal was killed on Monday as pro and anti-CAA groups battled each other in parts of north-east Delhi.
In an earlier tweet, Kejriwal had urged Home Minister Amit Shah and Lt. Governor Anil Baijal to "restore law and order" as tension continued in the area over Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
"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," Kejriwal said on Twitter.
A youth was injured when a bullet hit him as pro and anti-CAA protesters clashed on Monday, while several vehicles and a house in the vicinity were set ablaze.
News24 Bureau with IANS inputs
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