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Fresh violence erupts in Indian capital during anti-CAA protests

Hundreds of supporters and opponents of the law in Jaffrabad clash for second day as Trump kicks off his India trip.

Indian paramilitary troops used tear gas and smoke grenades to disperse a crowd of clashing protesters in New Delhi [Dinesh Joshi/AP Photo]
Indian paramilitary troops used tear gas and smoke grenades to disperse a crowd of clashing protesters in New Delhi [Dinesh Joshi/AP Photo]

Fresh violence has erupted in the northeast of the Indian capital, New Delhi, as US President Donald Trump kicked off his two-day trip in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat.

A policeman was reportedly killed and several others injured on Monday during the second day of violent clashes over controversial citizenship law, which has triggered nationwide protests.

A tense situation prevailed in New Delhi on Monday ahead of US President Donald Trump’s first-ever visit to the national capital after violent clashes broke out between pro and anti-CAA protesters in some parts.

Clashes between pro and anti-CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) protesters have triggered chaos in northeast Delhi’s Jaffrabad and Maujpur areas. While initial clashes were reported Sunday, both sides indulged in fresh violence and arson on Monday afternoon.

Reports from ground zero indicate that agitators are still on a rampage and set several shops and houses on fire. A petrol pump in Bhajanpura has also been set ablaze by the protesters.

Police tried limiting Monday’s clashes by trying to pacify protesters but ultimately resorted to firing tear gas shells as disturbance sustained. A Delhi Police constable, Ratan Lal, lost his life during Monday’s clashes.

Head Constable Ratan Lal, who was posted in the ACP Gokalpuri office in Delhi, died in Maujpur after he was hit by stones on his head while trying to pacify protesters.

While no other deaths have been reported, many police personnel have been injured in the clashes between pro and anti-CAA protesters. Shahdara DCP Amit Sharma was also injured during the violence. He has been admitted to Max hospital in Patparganj.

Delhi Police confirmed that Section 144 also has been imposed in 10 districts in the wake of the fresh violence. Entry and exits Jaffrabad and Maujpur-Babarpur metro stations have also been closed temporarily.

Commenting on the situation, Delhi Police confirmed that incidents of violence and arson have been reported in areas like Maujpur, Kardampuri, Chandbagh and Dayalpur.

It is appealed to the people of Delhi and particularly to the North-East District to maintain peace and harmony and not to believe in any false rumours. It is also appealed to the media not to circulate any disturbing pictures which may further aggravate the situation, Delhi Police said in a statement.

Chaos ahead of Trump visit

The security situation in the national capital does not look good as Donald Trump is expected to reach Delhi in the evening after leaving Agra.

It could be a big setback for the government, which has left no stone unturned to make Trump’s visit to India a grand success. Several prominent leaders including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has requested the Union Home Minister to restore law and order in the wake of fresh clashes.

The latest round of violence broke out just as Donald Trump began his maiden visit to India, addressing a mega rally in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat on Monday.

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