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Shoot-at-sight order, curfew in N-E Delhi; riot toll 13

The SP of Delhi Police in Yamuna Vihar issued the shoot-at-sight order; Maujpur, Jafrabad, Chand Bagh, Karawal Nagar are now under curfew

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As Muslim and Hindu groups clashed in north-east Delhi over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the police authority has issued a shoot-at-sight order in crowded areas of this part of the capital. This follows incidents of firing, stone-pelting and arson in several areas of the city.

In Chand Bagh and Bhajanpura today, rioters gutted many shops on 25 February.

The DCP of Delhi Police in the Yamuna Vihar area issued the shoot-at-sight order. The DCP said that curfew had been imposed in four areas of North-East District of Delhi and shooting orders have been issued too.

Curfew has been imposed also in Maujpur, Jafrabad, Chand Bagh and Karawal Nagar.

At least 13 people were killed and over 180 injured in the latest instances of rioting in North-East Delhi in the name of protesting against the amended citizenship law (CAA).

On Monday, clashes broke out between groups supporting and opposing the CAA in North-East Delhi‘s Jafrabad and Maujpur, with protesters setting houses, shops and vehicles on fire and throwing stones indiscriminately. The clashes continued on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, in the wake of the violence, the district administration in Ghaziabad has sealed three borders and closed bars and pubs in areas adjoining North-East Delhi. Uttar Pradesh Police has closed traffic from Shahdara to the Apsara border with barricading. The state police are diverting the incoming vehicular traffic towards Surya Nagar.

Delhi Police said that anti-CAA protesters have now been cleared from the road outside the Jafrabad metro station, where they had organised a sit-in since Saturday night.

Senior IPS officer SN Srivastava has been appointed Special Commissioner (Law and Order) of Delhi Police with immediate effect. He was appointed at a crucial time as communal violence erupted in parts of Delhi for the last two days.

Earlier in the day, Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting with Delhi’s Lieutenant General Anil Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik to discuss the grim situation and find solutions to defuse the flare-up.

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