In an unprecedented move, the National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, chose to lead the peace march from the front. He visited in various rife-torn places in Delhi where the pro and anti-CAA groups for the past three days.
He also interacted with the local residents and assured that no more violence will be allowed by the government people’s safety and security will be taken care of. He also held late last night review meetings with senior police officers.
Before coming out to lead peace march in riot-torn areas, Doval briefed the Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well the Cabinet. His proposal to take total control of Delhi riots was apparently cleared by none other than the Prime Minister.
Later briefing newsmen, he said everything will be alright and no more violence will be allowed to take place. “Hogaya so hoga…abhi aman shanti ka vathavarn leke ana chahiye.” He also sought cooperation of all sections of the people to restrain people taking to streets and indulge in unwarranted violence.
Meanwhile, the death toll in northeast Delhi communal violence over the amended citizenship law rose to 23 on Wednesday, even as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal flagged that the situation has become “alarming” and the Army should be called in as police are “unable to control it”.
According to GTB Hospital authorities, the number of injured now stands at 189, however, the situation at the hospital “seems to be settling”.
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.
On Tuesday, the death toll was 13.
“The death toll has risen to 20 today,” Medical Superintendent of GTB Hospital, Sunil Kumar, informed the media.
Earlier, at least four bodies were brought to the Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital from the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital (LNJP) Hospital, a senior official said.
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.