Delhi Violence, as it happened: L-G Anil Baijal visits riot-hit areas, police chief SN Shrivastava says first priority to ensure security; toll rises to 42

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Delhi Violence Over CAA Protest LATEST Updates: Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Friday visited riot-affected areas in northeast Delhi to take stock of the situation and interacted with locals. Baijal visited Maujpur, Jaffrabad and Gokulpuri, an official said. He was accompanied by senior police officers.

This is the first visit of the Lieutenant Governor to the riot-hit areas after violence broke out on Monday. At least 42 have been killed and over 200 injured in communal clashes in northeast Delhi. The areas worst affected in the violence include Jaffrabad, Maujpur, Chand Bagh, Khureji Khas and Bhajanpura.

The Delhi High Court Friday asked the AAP government and the police to respond to a plea for ensuring security at board exam centres in northeast Delhi where violence over the amended citizenship law has left 39 people dead and scored injured.

Justice Rajiv Shakdher issued notice to the Delhi government and police on the plea and asked them to ensure security is not breached in board exam centres in violence-hit northeast Delhi.

The Central Board of Secondary Education told the high court that it was optimistic about holding Board exams in the northeast Delhi centres from 2 March. The court had on Wednesday taken note of the "worsening situation" in the area and had directed the CBSE to come up with a plan to re-schedule them or change the affected centres.

The situation is peaceful but there is "tension in the air", National Commission for Women (NCW) chairperson Rekha Sharma said on Friday after a visit to Jaffrabad, one of the worst affected areas in the riot-hit northeast Delhi, to look into the condition of women. Sharma said she would be going back to the area again on Saturday as she could not meet enough women as the police were busy in giving security for Friday prayers.

Taking stock of the situation in riot-affected areas of northeast Delhi, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi has deputed a five-member committee on Friday to visit the areas and submit the report to her, CNN-news18 reported.

Taking a jibe at the Congress, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad slammed party chief Sonia Gandhi for trying to teach the government 'Raj Dharma'. He said the party was incapable of lecturing the BJP.

Claiming that Sonia and Priyanka Gandhi had provoked the public, Prasad said, "BJP condemns in strongest possible terms the politics Congress is trying to do when it is most important to work on peace in Delhi," he said.

A campaign under the leadership of BJP's Kapil Mishra was floated on Friday to identify underprivileged Hindu families who have been impacted by the communal riots in Delhi. The purpose of the campaign is to provide short term monetary relief to such families.

"The funds will be transferred to the impacted family accounts directly. Regular updates will be provided and will be managed with full transparency," read the statement.

The forensic team has arrived at the residence of suspended AAP councilor Tahir Hussain, who has been accused of hatching a conspiracy to kill the IB officer Ankit Sharma during the communal clashes that Delhi has been witnessing since Sunday.

Three days after the riots broke out, the forensic team has arrived at Hussain's multi storey building on Friday in Chand Bagh area of northeast Delhi, News18 reported

The Delhi High Court on Friday sought the response of the Centre and Delhi government on a plea seeking lodging of an FIR against Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra for allegedly giving hate speeches.

A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar issued notice to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Delhi government and police on the plea which also seeks registration of an FIR against Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan, AIMIM leaders Waris Pathan and Akbaruddin Owaisi.

Apart from registration of FIRs, the petition also seeks setting up of a Special Investigation Team to look into the alleged hate speeches.

The Delhi High Court on Friday sought reply of the Centre and Delhi government on a plea seeking probe under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act to find out those behind the violence in northeast Delhi.

A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar issued notice to the Delhi government and Ministry of Home Affairs on the plea. The court posted the matter for hearing on 30 April.

 The Home Ministry cleared the name of senior IPS officer SN Shrivastava as the Special Commissioner of law and order in Delhi, officials said on Friday. Incumbent Amulya Patnaik demits office on Saturday.

Shrivastava's name has been finalised for the next Delhi police commissioner, a Union Home Ministry official said, adding that he would take charge from Patnaik.

The day after the AAP councillor Tahir Hussain was suspended from party faction following an FIR being registered in his name under Section 302 IPC at Dayalpur police station, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari on Friday hit out at AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal, saying that not just Hussain but "his boss must also get double punishment."

Tiwari took to Twitter to say that the accused in the case must be hanged within stipulated time. "Four hundred times tattooing a knife to an IB officer? How much did religious intolerance make you fall," asked Tiwari.

Rekha Sharma, chairperson of National Commission for Women (NCW), along with two other members, is expected to visit north-east Delhi's Jaffrabad area to take cognisance of any grievance or assault on women during the communal clashes in the National Capital, ANI reported.

The Delhi Police Thursday transferred northeast Delhi riots probe to the crime branch. The cases will be probed by two Special Investigation Teams (SITs), officials said on Thursday. The police has so far filed 48 FIRs.

The teams will be headed by Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCP) Joy Tirkey and Rajesh Deo. The teams will have four Assistant Commissioner of Police-rank officers each and the probe will be supervised by Additional Commissioner of Police BK Singh.

Aam Aadmi Party councillor Tahir Hussain was booked for murder, arson and violence on Thursday in connection with the spate of violence that erupted in northeast Delhi this week, reports have confirmed. Family of Intelligence Bureau officer Ankit Sharma, who died during the riots, have accused Hussain of killing him, an allegation that has been denied by the AAP councillor.

On Thursday evening, the Delhi Police registered an FIR against Hussain under Section 302 (murder), among others at the Dayalpur police station, News18 reported. The AAP, which is the ruling party in Delhi after a landslide win in the Assembly polls held on 8 February, reportedly suspended Hussain after he was booked by the Delhi Police.

Sharma was found dead in a riot-hit area in Jaffrabad on Wednesday. He was allegedly beaten to death by a mob on Tuesday.

Sharma's father, Ravinder, alleged that Hussain's supporters had killed the IB staffer and that he had been shot after he was beaten, NDTV reported. The report also said that the body has been sent for autopsy.

BJP leaders also accused Hussain for instigating violence and triggering riot-like situation after reports said that bits of broken bricks and glass was found on the terrace of the AAP councillor. Ironically, BJP leaders like Kapil Mishra, are themselves facing the heat for raising  hate slogans against a particular community, which many have said acted as a catalyst resulting in the Delhi riots.

Hussain, however, has denied any involvement in the riots or the killing of the Intelligence Bureau staffer and said that the allegations were "baseless".  He called for an impartial probe into the incident and said action should be taken against the guilty.

"It is wrong to target me. I and my family have nothing to do with it," Hussain said. The AAP leader also demanded strict action against BJP leaders responsible for giving inflammatory speeches.

"I came to know from news reports that I am being blamed for the murder of a man. These are lies and baseless accusations. For our safety, my family and I had moved away from our home on Monday in police presence," he said.

Senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh said the party's stand remains clear that strictest punishment must be taken against anyone associated with spreading violence and added that Hussain has given his statement on the matter.

Thirty-four people have been killed and over 200 injured in the communal clashes that broke out in northeast Delhi three days ago after violence between anti and pro Citizenship (Amendment) Act groups spiralled out of control.

Frenzied mobs torched houses, shops, vehicles, a petrol pump and pelted stones at locals and police personnel. Jaffrabad, Maujpur, Babarpur, Yamuna Vihar, Bhajanpura, Chand Bagh and Shiv Vihar are among the areas mainly affected by the riots.

With inputs from agencies

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