NEW DELHI: On Friday, authorities at the Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital confirmed that the total number of deaths resulting from the disturbing violence that gripped the national capital has surged to 42. The communal riots that plagued the Northeastern part of Delhi have left more than 300 injured.
Among the dead are a 26-year-old Intelligence Bureau official and a head constable of Delhi Police. The riots started on Sunday and escalated on Monday and turned into communal riots when pro and anti-CAA groups took to violence in Jafrabad, Maujpur, Chand Bagh and other areas of north-east Delhi.
The two groups pelted stones at each other, burned down houses, torched vehicles, vandalized temples, mosques, and shops. The riots resulted in the damage of property worth crores of rupees. The crime committing individuals who attacked the city were equipped with guns, swords and even acid.
While normalcy is starting to spread in the Northeastern parts of the national capital that were possessed with violence just two-days ago, no one can bring back the 42 people who lost their lives in the tragic riots that stemmed from intolerance, hatred, and illiteracy.
Prime Minister Modi took to Twitter to address the situation.
Peace and harmony are central to our ethos. I appeal to my sisters and brothers of Delhi to maintain peace and brotherhood at all times. It is important that there is calm and normalcy is restored at the earliest.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 26, 2020