Death toll in Delhi clashes rises to 18, Union Cabinet’s security meeting called

The number of deaths in the Delhi violence since Sunday increased to 18. Stone-pelting, setting fire to vehicles, beating up individuals and groups and large-scale vandalism took place in northeast Delhi since Sunday afternoon. Over 150 persons have been injured in the clashes.

It had originally started as clashes between groups protesting the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and those opposing it. Delhi Police called in Rapid Action Force and Central paramilitary forces and the situation remained tense in various pockets of northeast Delhi.

According to an NDTV report, national security adviser Ajit Doval visited the violence hit areas such as Seelampur, Maujpur, Gokulpuri Chowk and Jaffrabad late last night along with top officers to take stock of the situation.

The Union Cabinet Committee on Security will meet on Wednesday to discuss the matter. The CBSE board exams in the affected areas have been postponed due to the situation.

A group of people gathered outside the residence of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday night, demanding action against those responsible for the violence. The group comprised mostly students of Jawaharlal Nehru University and Jamia Millia Islamia. Delhi Police used water cannons to disperse the crowd early on Wednesday.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has led a series of meetings to discuss the situation with top officers.

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