NEW DELHI: The violent communal riots in the national capital have taken yet another shocking turn with the killing of a young Intelligence Bureau officer. The 26-year-old officer was killed by a stone-pelting mob in Delhi’s Chandbagh area last night and his body was dumped in a drain, his uncle said.
The IB officer has been identified as Ankit Sharma, who worked as a security assistant in the Bureau. The death toll resulting from the violence in north-east Delhi has surged to 20. The violence between pro and anti-CAA groups has been going on for over 48 hours now, with no sign of ceasing.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has called the situation in Delhi “alarming” and has urged the Centre to call in the Indian army to contain the violence that is burning the capital. The CM said he will be writing a letter to the Centre for the same.
The Congress took a dig at the Centre and demanded the immediate resignation of Home Minister Amit Shah for his “colossal failure” to restore peace in Delhi.
The protests started in Jafrabad, Maujpur and other areas of Northeast Delhi on Saturday, and has aggravated since then. The groups protesting for and against the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 took to the streets to violently attack each other. They pelted stones, torched vehicles, burned down houses and resorted to gun violence. The two days of horrific violence has left more than 250 people injured and 20 dead.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to urge citizens to maintain calm and harmony. He said, "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."
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