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Clashes in North East Delhi hours before Trump’s arrival: At least three people, including a civilian, were killed and one person was injured today after violence broke out across northeast Delhi. This is the second time that such clashes broke out in 24 hours.

Clashes in North East Delhi hours before Trump’s arrival

Protesters both in support and against the controversial Citizenship law threw stones, set shops and vehicles ablaze and transformed the national capital into a war zone. Paramilitary forces have been deployed. Large gatherings have been banned in the affected areas.
In the evening, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said that the situation was under control. Despite this, violence continues to be reported from areas in the neighborhood. The Union Home Ministry said that it will ‘monitor the situation’. The violence started a few hours prior to the landing of the United States Prime Minister Donald Trump who was expected in Delhi. Trump landed shortly before 7:30 P.M.

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The Delhi Police said that one of the civilians who died during violence in Kardampuri was hit on the head. Head Constable Ratan Lal, 42, under the Delhi Police was killed in Chand Bagh. A Deputy Commissioner was killed in Gokulpuri.
Several disturbing videos of the violence have come to the forefront. One emerged in the late evening showing a massive fire consuming the tire market in Gokulpuri. Other videos of the violence showed it quickly spreading to Bhajunpura, Maujpura, Jaffrabad and other areas, shops, vehicles were set ablaze.

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In Bhajanpura, a petrol pump was set on fire and petrol bombs were being thrown by the anti CAA protesters.
A video shows a man in red shirt running at an unarmed Delhi police officer in Jaffrabad where over 1000 women began a peaceful protest on Saturday night, waving what seems to be a gun.

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Other videos show people from both the groups breaking chunks off a concrete divider along the road to throw at each other. In at least one of the videos shouts of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ can be heard.
The Delhi Police had to initially resort to firing tear gas shells. Once the violence escalated, paramilitary forces were called in. A Rapid Action Force (RAF) has been sent to Khajoori Khas, which is around 10 kilometers from Bhajanpura. Delhi Metro has closed five metro stations – Jaffrabad, Maujpur – Babarpur, Gokulpuri, Johri Enclave and Shiv Vihar stations.

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Under Section 144 large gatherings have been banned in the Northeast Delhi. It has also been imposed outside Delhi Police Headquarters after calls for protest marches by JNU Students’ Union.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed sorrow over the death of the Delhi Police Officer. Kejriwal called the violence ‘very distressing’. He urged the Union Home Minister Amit Shah – under whose control Delhi Police is – to “restore law and order and ensure peace and harmony is maintained”.

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