A Delhi Police officer was killed and another injured on Monday as violence erupted in various Delhi neighbourhoods ahead of the visit of United States President Donald Trump. Trump is in Delhi on a two-day visit.
Protesters for and against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) clashed and threw stones at each other, set vehicles and shops on fire. Hours before Donald Trump is set to land in Delhi, violence erupted in three places in the city on Monday. This is the second time in less than 24 hours that violence broke out in Delhi over the issue.
At around 3 pm on Monday, clashes took place in Bhajanpura, Maujpur and Jaffrabad between the anti-CAA protesters and CAA supporters. Some reports say that at least one auto-rickshaw and two shops in Maujpur were set on fire as those in the rallies pelted stones at each other. Some CAA supporters were allegedly seen wearing saffron bandanas and chanting Jai Shri Ram slogans.
Delhi Police fired tear gas shells and called paramilitary forces to bring the situation under control. Gates of Metro stations at Jaffrabad and Maujpur-Babarpur have been closed for security reasons. Heavy security has been deployed in the Jaffrabad Metro station area as a large number of protesters – most of them women – continued to protest against CAA.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has called the incident “very distressing” and urged Union Home Minister Amit Shah to intervene for restoring peace in the area.
Similar clashes erupted on Sunday in these areas after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kapil Mishra decided to hold a pro-CAA rally there.
Meanwhile, Union Minister Giriraj Singh said on Sunday that Pakistan is conspiring with protesters in Shaheen Bagh and Jaffrabad to “turn Delhi into the old Kashmir”.