NSA Ajit Doval briefs Shah on Delhi situation


New Delhi: National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Wednesday briefed Home Minister Amit Shah about the prevailing situation in North East Delhi where communal violence has claimed at least 27 lives, officials said.

Doval met Shah soon after his visit to the riot-affected areas of the national capital at the latter’s North Block office. This was the NSA’s second visit to the violence-hit localities in less than 24 hours.

The NSA briefed the home minister about the current law and order situation in North East Delhi and steps taken to bring back normalcy there, a home ministry official said.

More than 110 people taken into custody for their alleged involvement in senseless riots and as many as 18 FIRs were filed.

Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, Director of Intelligence Bureau Arvind Kumar and Commissioner of Delhi Police Amulya Patnaik attended the meeting.

At least 27 people have been killed and over 200 injured in communal violence that broke out in northeast Delhi three days ago. Jaffrabad, Maujpur, Babarpur, Yamuna Vihar, Bhajanpura, Chand Bagh, Shiv Vihar are among the areas mainly affected by the riots.

Communal violence over the amended citizenship law had escalated in northeast Delhi on Tuesday as police struggled to check the rioters who ran amok on streets, burning and looting shops, pelting stones and thrashing people.

The PM has stressed that calm and normalcy must be restored at the earliest, while Supreme Court Justice KM Joseph pulled up the Delhi police for “lack of professionalism”.

Officials, quoted by the Press Trust of India, say National Security Advisor Ajit Doval has been given the mandate to restore normalcy by the Prime Minister. Doval went on a tour of the affected areas and said that the situation was under control.