Don't Have Enough Forces To Control Violence: Delhi Cops To Home Ministry
Delhi Police today told the Union Home Ministry - to whom it reports - that it does not have adequate forces to control the horrific violence that has hit parts of northeast Delhi and claimed the lives of at least nine people, including a policeman.
This is in direct contradiction to the ministry's position that the numbers of on-ground forces are adequate and additional deployment, including that of the army, is not needed.
"The non-availability of adequate forces was conveyed by Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik in this meeting with the top brass," a senior cop told today, adding that this had led to escalation of violence in areas like Maujpur, Jaffrabad, Chandbagh, Bhajanpura and Gokulpuri, where Head Constable Ratan Lal was shot dead on yesterday.
Delhi Police also told the Home Ministry they had deployed one battalion (containing around 1,000 personnel) of armed police in violence-hit areas.
A second official said police had also been provided with a total of 35 companies of paramilitary forces, but 20 of these had been given in the last 72 hours with a view to enhance security for US President Donald Trump's visit.
Responding to the violence, Amit Shah and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met Monday night. According to Mr Kejriwal, the minister assured police support to end the violence.
The Home Ministry praised cops for showing "maximum restraint" and said borders were being monitored to prevent the entry of "outsiders". Appealing for calm, the ministry also said "peace committees" would be formed and senior police officers would monitor from control rooms.
The situation is under control, the Home Ministry said.
Horrific and unrelenting violence consumed northeast Delhi on Monday, leaving at least seven people dead and over a 100 injured. Shops were burnt and goons and miscreants armed with sticks and rods rampaged through the streets of the Bhajanpura, Chandbagh and Karawal Nagar areas, among others.
Government sources have said the violence appeared to have been "orchestrated" by some for publicity as it comes at a time when US President Donald Trump is visiting the country.
Mr Trump, who is making his first official visit to India, is expected to raise the issue of religious freedom in the country during his talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi today.
Fresh violence hit the affected areas this morning.
In Maujpur, where more stone throwing has been reported, a group of people travelling in an e-rickshaw were thrashed and looted of their valuables. Stone-throwing has also been reported from the Kardampuri area, where, according to news agency IANS, locals said four bullets were fired by an unidentified person.
"The situation is very tense. We are continuously receiving calls related to incidents of violence from northeast Delhi," Delhi Police said in a statement.
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Election Results 2020 Updates: AAP wins a landslide victory in Delhi assembly election 2020
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leads in Delhi’s bitterly contested state election, race ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to return to power in the national capital.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP leads to 63 of the 70 seats in the assembly and the BJP in 7, said the Election Results Updates after counting of votes began at 8am Tuesday. The Congress party, which ruled Delhi for 15 years before being voted out in 2013, drew a blank.
With AAP retaining power, it is the third straight electoral setback for the BJP after losing Jharkhand and Maharashtra elections last year. Delhi recorded a voter turnout of 62.59 per cent when elections were held on Saturday, after an acrimonious campaign and with tension high after three incidents of gunfire at or near protest sites in four days.
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AAP Releases Manifesto With Plan For 24-Hour Markets, Clean Water
The Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday released its manifesto for the February 8 polls, focussing on quality education, health, clean water, and 24-hour electricity in the national capital.
Released by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia as "28-point guarantee card", the manifesto promises doorstep delivery of ration, a free pilgrimage to 10 lakh senior citizens and Rs 1 crore compensation to the family of a safai karamchari if he dies on duty.
The party said its vision is to make every family prosperous and it will continue to work for full statehood to Delhi.
The manifesto also included a plan to allow markets for 24 hours under a pilot project.
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Delhi election 2020: Polls to be held on Feb 8, says Election Commission
Chief Election Officer Sunil Arora, on Monday, announced the Delhi election dates in a press conference. The Delhi Assembly Elections 2020 will be held on February 8 and the results will be announced on February 11.
The CEO said that the Model Code of Conduct has been imposed with immediate effect. The last date for filing nominations is January 21 and the scrutiny of nominations would be done on January 23. The last date of withdrawal of nominations is January 23, the CEC said.
CEO Arora also said that the press conference, "We are hopeful that situation will be under control&conducive for polls. If there is an extraordinary situation, there is always an option of deferring the polls. Constitution empowers ECI to take the call."
The Election commission said that there are total electors of 1,46,92,136 in Delhi and the polling would be held at 13,750 polling stations.
The CEC also announced a new concept to allow absentee voters who are not able to come to polling stations due to physical circumstances or unavoidable reasons to vote. "PWDs and senior citizens above 80 years can either vote in person or vote through postal ballot," said CEC.
AAP's Manish Sisodia said that Arvind Kejriwal worked really hard for five years and now it is time to vote a Chief Minister who works back to power. "Free electricity, water, education, health, free bus services have affected the daily lives of people. We are waiting to work for the people for another five years," said Sisodia.
BJP's Manoj Tiwari said that the polls in Delhi will be fought on work alone. "Delhi election will be fought on basis of performance, not lies," said Delhi BJP Assembly poll in-charge Prakash Javadekar. CM Kejriwal said, "Yeh chunav kaam par hoga." (This election will take place over work)
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Attack on Nankana Sahib Gurdwara: SGPC to send 4-member delegation to Pakistan
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC), the apex body which manages Sikh shrines, will send a four-member delegation to Pakistan to take stock of the situation following a mob attack on Gurdwara Nankana Sahib.
Strongly condemning the mob attack on the historic Sikh shrine, SGPC chief Gobind Singh Longowal on Saturday appealed to the Pakistan government to take strict action against culprits.
"We strongly condemn the attack on Gurdwara Nankana Sahib in Pakistan and appeal to the Pakistan government to take stringent action against the culprits and also ensure safety of Sikhs living there," Longowal said on Saturday.
"We will send a four-member delegation to Pakistan to take stock of the situation there," he said, adding that the delegation would also meet Sikh families in Nankana Sahib.
"The delegation will also meet Pakistan's Punjab Governor and Chief Minister, he further said.
He said the delegation will comprise Rajinder Singh Mehta, Roop Singh, Surjit Singh and Rajinder Singh.
"We have spoken with the Gurdwara Nankana Sahib management committee...they told us the situation is normal now," he said.
The SGPC chief said the sentiments of the Sikh community were hurt with the attack on Gurdwara Nankana Sahib.
Longowal said that the SGPC would also take up this matter with the United Nations.
Punjab's former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal also condemned the attack on Gurdwara Nankana Sahib.
"We request the Government of India to immediately take steps so that peace and harmony is restored," he said.
A mob reportedly attacked Gurdwara Nankana Sahib where Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev was born.
Reports suggested that hundreds of angry residents at Nankana Sahib pelted the Sikh pilgrims with stones.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) had on Friday expressed concern over the mob attack on the Nankana Sahib gurdwara.