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Rioters aiming at Shah after wrecking east, central Delhi: Intel

Rioters spread out from Jamia Nagar towards east and central Delhi even as Delhi Police secured VVIP areas, which could be targeted next

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According to intelligence reports received by the police on 16 December, some Islamist groups like SIMI and PFI are behind the orchestrated riots being witnessed in Delhi for the past few days. While the rioters today spread out of the Jamia Nagar, New Freinds Colony and Sukhdev Vihar areas to hold Seelampur and Daryaganj (2-5 km from ministerial bungalows around Connaught Place) to ransom, intelligence reports suggest Union Home Minister Amit Shah could be their ultimate target. Accordingly, police on Tuesday heightened security at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, India Gate, Parliament House, Rajpath as well as at the residence of Union Minister Amit Shah.

Students legitimising actions of rioters
Students legitimising actions of rioters

On Tuesday, anti-citizenship law protesters in Muslim-dominated areas of the capital shouted slogans against the BJP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and Delhi Police. The rioters targeted media persons who reached the spot for coverage. Two media persons sustained serious injuries in the attack. Rioters tried to rob the camera and mobile phone of a woman reporter.

Even as the demonstrations by students aided surreptitiously by some local politicians continue for the fifth day, Delhi Police received intelligence reports that demonstrators may turn violent in different areas on Tuesday. Police then increased the security of congested areas around many VVIP areas.

On Tuesday, a clash broke out between rioters and the police in Seelampur, after which many roads and Metro stations have been closed. When the rioters hit Jaffrabad, Delhi, demanding the withdrawal of CAA today, police tried to block the passage of the violent demonstrators even as a clash ensued between the men in uniform and the lumpen elements. As a precaution, the police closed both sides of the 66-ft road between Seelampur and Jaffrabad.

Police are now using drones to monitor the situation in Jaffrabad. Police have flown these drones into the area to keep a check on the miscreants.

Stretch between Seelampur and Jaffrabad

Police sources say that while demonstrators had sought permission to stage demonstrations at 2 AM on Tuesday in Jaffrabad, a band of rioters began raising slogans against the CAA at 1:15 AM and started marching towards Seelampur. Initially, the protest was peaceful but later when the crowd began to disperse suddenly, there was an uproar and a clash between the police and the demonstrators, which triggered the violence.

The rioters set a police picket and a police post on fire. The police have definitely taken control of the main road at this time, but stone pelting is still going on in the streets.

DMRC closed the entry and exit gates of Welcome, Jaffrabad, Maujpur-Babarpur, Seelampur, Gokulpuri, Johri Vihar and Shiv Vihar. Metro trains were not stopping at these stations in the morning.

Police fired tear gas shells to disperse the crowd of protesters as the miscreants vandalised buses and pelted stones.

Delhi Police drove the protesters away from the site of the clash eventually. Later on, all the exits and entrances of Seelampur Metro station were opened. Joint Commissioner Alok Kumar said that no shots were fired in Seelampur. Only tear gas was used. Some policemen have been injured. Two public transport buses, a Rapid Action Force bus and some motorcycles have been damaged.

Police patrol, Daryaganj

Delhi Police informed that, at the time of violence in Seelampur, the police removed the protesters. Dozens of people are being questioned in custody. The situation is completely under police control at this time.

The protest that began in East Delhi’s Seelampur area in protest against the CAA then reached Daryaganj. After bearing with the rioters’ stone-pelting for hours, the police unleashed a lathi-charge, in which several vandals were reported injured.

The traffic between Daryaganj to Delhi Gate remained affected for almost half an hour, although now this route has become normal.

Earlier, Delhi Police had come out with a statement on 15 December outside the Jamia Millia Islamia. According to Additional DCP (South East) Kumar Gyanesh, Additional DCP South East, petrol bombs were hurled at the police during the demonstration. “From this, it can be inferred that there was a conspiracy for this nuisance and violence. This was done under the entire scheme,” Gyanesh said.

In the case of Jamia violence, Delhi Police has submitted the report to the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Supreme Court. Police said people from organised groups were involved in the violence. Preparations for the violence were already there, the cops say.

Protests, albeit lacking the zeal of yesterday and the day before, continues outside Jamia on Tuesday. Teachers, staff and students are involved in this demonstration.

Protests then started in Shaheen Bagh of Delhi, due to which the police have diverted vehicular traffic routes at many places.

Since this morning, some students and local citizens gathered at Gate No. 7 of Jamia University, but slogans were not raised initially.

According to Delhi Police, 10 people have been arrested in connection with the protest outside Jamia on Sunday. These people, police say, have criminal connections. Police have also informed that no student has been arrested.

Delhi Police deployed personnel for 24 hours at the places of possible protest in view of security. Police are looking for other miscreants after putting up barricades around Jamia.

Reacting to Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta statement in the Supreme Court that university students had turned violent in the past two days, Jamia Millia Islamia’s Chief Proctor Wasim Ahmad Khan said that the police were not allowed to enter the campus. He condemned the police’s “barbaric” behaviour in entering the premises without permission.

The crowd at Gate No. 7 of the university at 8 o’clock on Monday morning numbered around 200-300 who made a human chain. But as the afternoon progressed, there was an increasing crowd of students and people from Jamia Nagar and surrounding areas. The vehicular traffic in the area was affected.

Teaching and non-teaching staff of the university descended on Monday to support the Jamia Millia Islamia students’ movement. They alleged that on Sunday, the police entered the campus, library and toilet and beat up the students.

The protesters alleged that students who were not activists were thrashed, too. They claimed those students were in the library. In support of the agitators, the university staff marched from Gate No. 5 to Gate No. 7. The students said that they were instructed by the teachers via WhatsApp and that they were asked to join the demonstration.

Due to the diversion on Kalindi Kunj and DND, the 5-km stretch from Akshardham to Sarai Kale Khan is blocked. The Kalindi Kunj route has been closed and the normal route diverted. Motorists are running into increased traffic near Akshardham and NH 24. Traffic jammed on the DND flyway towards Ashram. Delhi Traffic Police tweeted to inform those who are venturing out that those who wanted to go from Mathura Road to Noida could use the Ashram Chowk, DND and Noida Link Road. Traffic movement on Okhla underpass going towards Kalindi Kunj has been stopped.

The Okhla underpass going towards Delhi-Kalindi Kunj has been closed due to fears of protests in Jamia Nagar. The DND connecting Delhi and Noida has been blocked since morning. Traffic is closed between Mathura Road and Kalindi Kunj in Delhi.

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