Delhi Violence: There has been no fresh major incident; More than 500 held for questioning:
On Thursday, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that no fresh incident has been reported from north-east Delhi that was hit by deadly riot for the last few days.
Before the statement was issued, Home Minister Amit Shah had reviewed the situation in the parts of the city where violence took place. Shah met with senior officials and top police brass.
The ministry also said that 514 suspects have either been arrested or detained for questioning. As the investigation progresses, more arrests would be made accordingly.
It said that there would be a 10-hour relaxation on the imposed section 144 on Friday, because of the improvement seen in the violence-hit areas.
Till now, 48 FIRs related to clashes, loss of lives and property, etc. have been registered. There would be further FIRs as the investigation goes ahead.
Two separate Special Investigation Teams (SITs) have been set up by the Delhi Police. They have deployed around 7,000 central paramilitary forces in the riot-hit areas of north-east Delhi.
The MHA’s statement also stated that the Delhi Police has deployed three Special CPs, sic Joint CPs, one Additional CP, 22 DCPs, 20 ACPs, 60 Inspectors, 1,200 other ranks and 200 female police, all under the supervision of Commissioner of Police. This is expected to guide and supervise police response effectively.
The ministry said that 35 people in total have lost their lives in the riots since February 24 and that the situations are gradually getting back to normal. However, according to hospital sources, the death toll is now 38.
Among the people who lost their lives, there were two security personnel. Also, around 70 police personnel and senior officers have been injured.
People have been requested by the MHA to not believe any rumour that is being circulated.