‘Delhi Situation Alarming, Army Should Be Called In’ : Arvind Kejriwal
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal this morning said that police is “unable” to control violence in the northeastern part of the national capital where horrific clashes between pro- and anti-citizenship law protesters since Monday have killed 20 people, including a policeman. A day after Mr. Kejriwal met Union Home Minister Amit Shah over the clashes and said that “police could not do anything” to prevent trouble, Mr. Kejriwal today suggested that “Army should be called in”.
“I have been in touch wid large no of people whole nite. Situation alarming. Police, despite all its efforts, unable to control the situation and instill confidence. Army shud be called in and curfew imposed in the rest of the affected areas immediately. Am writing to Hon’ble HM to this effect (sic),” Mr. Kejriwal tweeted this morning.
His latest remarks come after late-night protests outside his home over the clashes in northeast Delhi. The crowd – mainly students from JNU, members of the Alumni Association of Jamia Millia Islamia (AAJMI) and Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC) – demanded action against perpetrators of violence. They were dispersed at around 3:30 am as the Delhi Police resorted to use of water cannons.
At least 20 people have died, most of them due to gunshot wounds; more than 150 people have been injured. The clashes happened at a time when US President Donald Trump and his family were on a two-day visit to India.
On Tuesday, Mr. Kerjriwal met Union Home Minister Amit Shah to discuss the situation with him.
“The police personnel could not do anything because they were not getting orders from their seniors. I will raise this with (Home Minister) Amit Shah ji. They can’t decide whether there should be tear-gassing or lathi-charging without orders from above,” Mr. Kejriwal told reporters after the meeting.
Mr. Kejriwal also called a meeting of all party MLAs of the violence-hit areas and senior officials from different departments and said that there is a need to seal borders to prevent outsiders from coming and indulging in violence. He also said preventive arrests must be made in view of the situation.