Delhi Violence: People Picking Up The Pieces Amid Tight Security


NEW DELHI - A week after the communal violence in northeast Delhi, the residents are slowly picking up the pieces as the gov­ernment's relief and rehabilita­tion measures have kicked in amid tight vigil by security forces.

The police have been con­ducting flag marches and hold­ing meetings with the locals in Jafrabad, Maujpur, Babarpur, Chand Bagh, Shiv Vihar, Bhajan­pura, Yamuna Vihar and Musta­fabad where the violence, that sparked from protests over the amended Citizenship Act, was the most intense.

In Mustafabad, an Eidgah has been turned into a relief camp, and the locals too have also opened their homes for those seeking shelter. Many families have been sought refuge at the relief camps in Mustafabad and Shri Ram Colony, with others preferring their relative's house.

Students are appearing board exams that were postponed in riot-affected areas with the po­lice and paramilitary personnel maintaining a tight vigil outside the centres. However, govern­ment schools in the area will re­main closed till March 7.

Some people are visiting their burnt out homes to assess the damage. Many of those who fled during the violence are still fear­ful about returning and say that they would wait for a week more before deciding anything.

The Delhi Police has registered 436 FIRs and arrested or detained 1,427 people in connection with the communal violence that claimed 42 lives and left over 200 injured. an officer had said on Tuesday, adding 45 cases were registered under the Arms Act.

The situation in the riot-af­fected areas was under control and the police control room (PCR) have not received calls regarding rioting in the past six days, the force said.

On Tuesday, Mohammed Shahrukh, who was seen con­fronting an unarmed police per­sonnel during violence at Mauj­pur last week, was arrested from Uttar Pradesh's Shamli district, police said.

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