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Riots in Delhi: what the authorities could have done differently | Delhi News


What began as a peaceful protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act in December last year became a pain for life in the last three days when violent clashes in northeast Delhi claimed at least 34 lives. The Delhi police were subject to intense scrutiny from the left, right and center due to their inability to tame violence and restore trust among horrified locals.
Here, TOI analyzes what the authorities could have done differently to save the day:

January 10

Some Muslim women begin a peaceful protest against CAA at the Seelampur road sign on the highway.

February 22

Around 11 p.m., almost 500 women squat in protest at the Jafrabad subway station. The police cannot make them move while protesters block the road. The locals claim the support of Bhim’s army chief, Chandrashekhar Azad, and say they will create another Shaheen Bagh in Jafrabad. Paramilitary forces deployed at dusk.


No local community or political leader tries to solve the problem and put an end to the road protest.

Hit the cops without realizing the large number of women heading towards the subway station. Realize only when they sit there. The distance between the metro station and the police station is 1.2 km.


The CM of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia interact with people in the northeast district affected by violence (photo ANI)

23 of February

More than 1,000 protesters on the road below the Jafrabad subway station; a stage with tables removed by the police. The joint police commissioner Alok Kumar visits the place. Protesters refuse to move, police call members of the Aman Committee.

Standing next to the northeast of the DCP Ved Prakash Surya, the BJP official, Kapil Mishra, issues an ultimatum for both the protesters and the police. He says: “They want Delhi to be on fire, this is what they want and they are creating a riot atmosphere. We do not throw any stone, the DCP is standing with us and, on behalf of you all, I say: “Until the moment Trump is here we go, after that we will not listen to you too.” Before Trump leaves, kindly take Jafrabad and Chand Bagh out, or we’ll have to go out on the roads. Bharat Mata ki Jai, Vande Matram. ”

Throwing stones between anti and pro-CAA protesters leaves 15 injured. The police carry out a flag march, the situation remains tense. Violence erupts in Jafrabad, Maujpur, Chand Bagh, Babarpur, Kabir Nagar.


Police officers in the district are unaware of Mishra’s visit even though he had tweeted at least three hours earlier. No case is recorded against Mishra and his party does not report his speech. Delhi police do not assess anger and animosity.

Violence of Delhi: live updates

February 24th

Pro-CAA protesters sit in protest at Maujpur Chowk. In Kabir Nagar, anti-CAA protesters take the roads. Stone throw on both sides. The protesters in the afternoon set fire to vehicles, shops and houses. A man shoots into the air and finds himself face to face with a policeman. Police chief Ratan Lal shot dead in Gokulpuri. Stones were thrown at DCP Amit Sharma and his vehicle caught fire. A police officer also killed.


Improper deployment, the police silence the spectators to throw stones, without clear brass instructions.

February 25

Ten dead, about 200 injured. The violence extends to Gokulpuri, Maujpur, Bhajanpura, Karawal Nagar, Jafrabad, Kardampuri, Chand Bagh, Kabir Nagar, Brahampuri, Babarpur, Gorakh Park. Shooting from the rooftops of Kabir Nagar even when people continue to throw stones through the canal. RAF contingents arrive in Kardampuri, Karawal Nagar, Bhajanpura, Chand Bagh. QRT are on fire in Jafrabad.


Policemen unable to disperse the mafia, which destroys stores and burns vehicles. The paramilitary forces called but the interior lanes are still burning. Only after noon do police officers put the situation under control after protesters with tear gas.

No preventive arrests were made, the roofs with drones were not scanned or disinfected.

Total FIR archived: 18 years

Total people arrested: 106

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