Delhi Riots toll rises to 38 as bodies are found in drains; 400 detained

Team SoOLEGAL 28 Feb 2020 3:05pm

Delhi Riots toll rises to 38 as bodies are found in drains;  400 detained

NEW DELHI: With more bodies recovered from drains and people dying of injuries in hospitals, death toll in communal riots in north-east Delhi increased to 38 on Thursday i.e. 27th February 2020. Since Tuesday night, however, no violent incident has been identified, and life is slowly returning to normal. Prohibited orders under Section 144 will be relaxed for 10 hours on Friday with a view to improving the ground situation

Delhi Police arrested more than 130 people, detained more than 400 and filed 48 FIRs. They also arrested councillor Tahir Hussain and his associates of Aam Aadmi Party in the case of the murder of official Ankit Sharma from the Intelligence Bureau. He is yet to be arrested.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal declared on Thursday that the Delhi government will bear all of the riot victim's medical expenses even if they are admitted to private hospitals and give up Rs 10 lakh as compensation to the kin of the dead and up to Rs 5 lakh each to those who lost their homes and shops in the riots. Eighteen Sub-Divisional Magistrates (SDMs) were assigned to oversee the relief operations and rehabilitation.

On Thursday, the Delhi LG reviewed the situation and directed the police to ensure continued and adequate deployment of force apart from conducting enhanced patrolling and exercises of domination over the region.

Four Delhi FSL teams— physics, biology, chemistry, and photography— visited several sample-lifting spots in the city. The authorities will now, in collaboration with the police, make efforts to rapidly dispose of burnt cars, lift debris, clear animal carcasses, and repair roads, signs, government assets and religious structures.

The LG has also asked for setting up of sufficient number of shelter homes with basic amenities, including beddings, blankets, medicines, food, sanitation, and clean drinking water, ensuring timely medico-legal certificates and post-mortem reports etc. to the victims and their families.” said a government official. The principal secretary (law) was asked to coordinate with the district legal services authorities to provide immediate legal aid to the victims.

Arrangements for rehabilitation of riot victims are being made in accordance with IHBAS to help those with post-traumatic stress disorder and any other issues. The LG also requested that the revenue department should take confidence-building steps and perform a quick survey of the magnitude of loss to individuals, households, business establishments, shops and institutions and ensure prompt compensation.

Special CP Sundari Nanda, assisted by officials of East Delhi Municipal Corporation, Health Department and District Administration, will personally meet the injured and the deceased's families and ensure that all steps are taken to provide them with assistance.

Delhi Police has urged people living in north-east Delhi to come forward and share their ordeal and videos with the police if they had witnessed violent incidents. The locals can also send videos and images on two mobile numbers —8750871221 and 8750871227 via WhatsApp.

Tagged: Delhi riots   north east Delhi   Section 144   Chief Minister   Arvind Kejriwal   Delhi government   legal services  
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