Muslim Leaders Rush to Meet Delhi Police Chief, Hundreds Throng to Chief Minister's Residence
NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 26— As reports coming from the violence-hit northeast Delhi unveiled horrific details Tuesday evening, Muslim leaders wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to order deployment of Indian Army in the area.
Around Tuesday midnight, a delegation of Muslim leaders also rushed to the Delhi Police Headquarters to meet the Delhi Police Commissioner seeking deployment of armed police personnel in the area.
In the violence that started Sunday afternoon, at least 13 people, including a policeman have been killed and over 200 injured. Besides, scores of homes, offices, shops and vehicles were set afire by rioters.
The delegation had Syed Sadatullah Husaini, National President, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Mohammad Salim Engineer, Vice President of Jamaat, Navaid Hamid, President, All India Muslim Majlise Mushawarat, and social activist and United Against Hate leader Nadeem Khan.
For more than an hour, they had to wait for the Police Commissioner. Later it was learnt that he was visiting northeast Delhi and so will not come office. The delegation went to his residence to meet him.
Meanwhile, unsatisfied with the response of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to the large-scale violence in the area for the past three days, hundreds of people Tuesday past midnight thronged to his residence to hold a protest demonstration.
People gathered outside Delhi CM's residence past midnight Tuesday (Feb 25/26, 2020)
Kejriwal, along with his cabinet colleagues and some MLAs, had gone to Mahatma Gandhi’s mausoleum Rajghat in Delhi to offer prayers for peace. He also visited the GTB hospital and met injured victims. He has not visited the affected areas.
The violence started in northeast Delhi Sunday afternoon after BJP leader Kapil Mishra made some controversial remarks and gave ultimatum to the police to clear roads of the anti-CAA protesters.