New Delhi: “No major incidents have been reported since the strike in north-east Delhi in the past 36 hours,” said the Interior Ministry on Thursday night.
The ministry released the statement after Interior Minister Amit Shah reviewed the situation in parts of the city affected by violence in a meeting with senior officials and senior police officers.
The ministry said that there has been no major incident in the past 36 hours in any affected police station in the northeastern district of Delhi.
As many as 514 suspects were arrested or detained for questioning and further arrests were said to have been made during the investigation, he said.
Prohibitory orders imposed under section 144 of the CrPC will be relaxed for a total of 10 hours on Friday in view of an improvement in the situation, the ministry said.
So 48 FIRs covering clashes, loss of life and property etc. have already been registered and further FIRs will be registered in due course and police have arrested or arrested 514 suspects for questioning so far, the ministry said.
Further arrests were said to have been made in the course of the investigation, he added.
Delhi police have separately established two SITs to investigate serious crime.
Almost 7,000 central paramilitary forces have been deployed in the affected areas of the northeastern district since February 24.
In addition, the Delhi police also distributed three special CPs, six joint CPs, one additional CP, 22 DCPs, 20 ACPs, 60 inspectors, 1,200 other ranks and 200 policemen under the general supervision of the Police Commissioner to effectively guide and monitor the police response in order to contain and normalize the situation, says the statement.
He said that a total of 35 people have lost their lives in these tragic accidents since February 24 and that the situation is slowly returning to normal.
However, hospital sources reported that the death toll reached 38.
Among the dead are two members of the security staff. In addition, some 70 police officers and senior officials were injured.
The interior ministry asked people not to give credit to any rumors.
Delhi police have set up assistance lines 22829334 and 22829335 for 24-hour assistance.
These numbers are given adequate publicity so that information about the mistreated and any emerging situations can be passed on to the police, the statement said.
The ministry said that adequate measures were taken to ensure medical support for the injured.
As a measure of confidence building between different sections of society, Delhi police have begun holding peace committee meetings across Delhi to normalize the situation and improve inter-community harmony, the statement said.
Such peace committee meetings would continue until the situation normalizes, he added.
So far, says the statement, nearly 330 peace committee meetings have been held in various districts of Delhi over the past two days.
In addition to this, meetings have been convened with the Residency Welfare Associations (RWA) and the Market Welfare Associations (MWA) in various areas. Various sections of society participated in these meetings, including civil society groups, representatives of different political parties including Congress, the AAP, the BJP, etc.
The East Delhi Municipal Corporation has already initiated measures to clean the streets and repair damaged public property in areas affected by the uprising, the statement said.
Other civic agencies, he said, are also ensuring that civic services for citizens are restored as soon as possible.
Traffic movement on the highway and connecting roads are returning to normal, the note said.
The Union’s interior minister appealed to citizens not to believe the rumors and fall prey to evil plans by unbelievers and groups interested in precipitating community tension.
The statement said that only 12 police stations of the 203 PS in Delhi (about 4.2 percent of the geographic area) were affected by the unrest, while normality and municipal harmony prevailed elsewhere in the national capital.
The Delhi police have a mandate and obligation to provide security to all sectors of society regardless of caste and religion.
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