The death toll in the violent clashes in Northeast Delhi rose to 34 on Thursday. Sporadic violence continued from the riot-hit areas of northeast Delhi, even though there was normalcy in the neighbourhood of Jaffrabad, Maujpur, Chandbagh, Gokulpur as well as surrounding areas.Police recovered the body of a 26-year-old man, identified as Ankit Sharma, from a drain in Chand Bagh area. He was working as a security assistant with Intelligence Bureau. He was missing from Tuesday evening when he was attacked by some people.
So far 34 people have lost their life in violence including Delhi Police Head constable Ratan Lal and IB officer Ankit Sharma. On Wednesday, there were reports of sporadic arson and sabotage in some areas of Northeast Delhi including Zafarabad, Babarpur, Maujpur, Seelampur, Bhajanpura, but heavy deployment of police force saw a decrease in cases of violence. No fresh cases of violence have come to light on Thursday, but the number of deaths from GTP hospital has been steadily increasing.
How the violence started?
A large number of people protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act blocked the road on Sunday, following which clashes between supporters and opponents of the CAA in Zafarabad began. Similar protests started in many other areas of Delhi. In Maujpur, BJP leader Kapil Mishra convened a meeting demanding that the police to remove anti-CAA protesters within three days. Soon after, members of the two groups pelted stones at each other, forcing the police to release tear gas shells.