The class of people that has provided the opponents of the amended citizenship law (CAA) democratic legitimacy and an intellectual shield has once again borne the brunt of the rioters’ ‘peaceful’ protests after Uttar Pradesh in December 2019 and Delhi’s own Shaheen Bagh where Deepak Chaurasia and his cameraman was attacked. A journalist from JK 24X7 news channel was shot at and two NDTV journalists were brutally beaten up by rioters as violence erupted again in north-east Delhi on Tuesday.
The JK 24X7 news channel said in a tweet that its journalist Akash was shot at during the coverage of the riots in the Maujpur area of Delhi. He is in the hospital where his condition remains critical.
NDTV has said that its journalist Arvind Gunasekhar was attacked by rioters at a place in north-east Delhi. He has suffered a broken tooth. When his colleague Saurabh tried to save him, a rioter hit him with a punch.
Many other journalists are relating their stories of woe on social media, explaining how they were beaten up. Some alleged that they were asked about their religious identity and thrashed on knowing they were not Muslim. In fact, a rioter shot at Akash of JK 24×7 on knowing he was Hindu.
On Monday too, journalists had to go through a lot of difficulties while trying to cover incidents of violence in Delhi. Many journalists were threatened and assaulted.
According to GTB hospital officials, the death toll in the violence has risen to nine, which includes the killing of Head Constable Ratan Lal in the hands of rioters.
Meanwhile, rioters have set ablaze scores of vehicles in north-east Delhi in what has now emerged as a pattern of protesting against the CAA since Sunday.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal shared on Twitter images of his visit to a hospital where some of the victims of the riots, including journalists, are being treated.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has reacted to the anti-CAA riots in Delhi, saying that it seems “monsters” have entered the city. According to him, the rioters do not belong here.
Sisodia said whoever these miscreants are, they must be punished regardless of their religion.