Delhi Violence LIVE Updates: death toll rises to 7, reports of Fresh Stone Pelting in Maujpur and Brahmpuri

Police imposed Section 144 of the CrPC, which prohibits the assembly of four or more people, in areas affected by violence in north-east Delhi.

Several areas in the northeastern part of Delhi resembled a battlefield, with frenzied protesters setting fire to homes, shops, vehicles and a gas pump and throwing stones.

Police fired tear gas canisters and resorted to lathicharge as clashes broke out between groups protesting and supporting the AAC in Jaffrabad, Maujpur, Chandbagh, Khureji Khas and Bhajanpura. Security personnel conducted flag marches and prohibitive orders were imposed to keep the situation under control.

Ratan Lal, a 42-year-old police officer attached to the office of the Assistant Police Commissioner (ACP) in Gokalpuri, died after suffering injuries following a stoning.

Three other civilians succumbed to their injuries sustained in the clashes, an official from the Delhi government said, adding that 50 people with injuries had come to the GTB hospital for treatment. The toll rose to seven on Tuesday.

At least 11 members of the police force, including Deputy Police Commissioner Shahdara (DCP) Amit Sharma and Gokalpuri ACP Anuj Kumar, were injured while trying to quell the protests. Two CRPF police officers were also injured, sources said.

Government sources said the violence appears to have been “orchestrated” by some for publicity as it comes during Trump’s visit. They said Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik was stationed in the police control room and monitored the situation closely.

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Delhi Violence LIVE updates: police officer killed after clashes, central forces helping policemen control the crowd

A senior police officer said the deceased agent, identified as Ratan Lal, was assigned to the office of the deputy police commissioner, Gokulpuri.

The police fired tear gas canisters and also resorted to a charge to disperse the protesters. According to officials, protesters damaged a fire tender after responding to a fire in the area.

The Delhi Metro closed the entrance and exit to Jaffrabad and Maujpur-Babarpur stations while restless calm prevailed in the area.

“The entry and exit of Jaffrabad and Maujpur-Babarpur are closed. Trains will not stop at these stations,” the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said in a tweet. The entrance and exit gates were also closed at the Jaffrabad metro station for over 24 hours.

Delhi Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal described the news of the violence as “very distressing”. Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal said he had instructed the Delhi police to ensure the maintenance of public order north-east of Delhi and that the situation is closely monitored.

Clashes broke out on Sunday evening between pro and anti-CAA groups near Jaffrabad after a large number of people protesting the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) blocked a road, while similar sit-ins were launched in several other parts of the national capital.

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