New Delhi, Feb 24, 2020: As tension continued to simmer in Delhi’s Jaffrabad and Maujpur areas a day after clashes, a youth opened fire on the streets on Monday afternoon in the same area while the police tried to control him.
An unidentified man was seen pointing his country-made pistol at the police personnel on the Jaffrabad-Maujpur road. The man fired 8 rounds before the police overpowered him.
The incident took place as fresh clashes broke out in the area and some groups torched at least two houses and a fire tender in the Jaffrabad and Maujpur areas. Sunday saw anti-CAA protests in the area which turned into clashes later in the evening.
Violence was also reported from the Chandbagh area in Jaffrabad. Police fired tear gas shells and also resorted to lathicharge to disperse the protesters on Sunday evening.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said in a tweet, "Very distressing news regarding disturbance of peace and harmony in parts of Delhi coming in. I sincerely urge Hon’ble LG and Hon’ble Union Home Minister to restore law and order and ensure that peace and harmony is maintained. Nobody should be allowed to orchestrate flagrations."
Ved Prakash Surya DCP (North-East) said, "We have spoken to both sides, now the situation is calm. We are continuously speaking to people, now the situation is under control."
According to officials, a fire tender was damaged by the protesters after it responded to a fire call in the area.
The Delhi Metro closed entry and exit at the Jaffrabad and Maujpur-Babarpur stations as an uneasy calm prevailed in the area.
"Entry & exit of Jaffrabad and Maujpur-Babarpur are closed. Trains will not be halting at these stations," the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said in a tweet.
Entry and exit were closed at the Jaffrabad metro station for over 24 hours.
Clashes broke out on Sunday evening between pro and anti-CAA groups near Jaffrabad after a large number of people protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) blocked a road, while similar sit-ins were launched in several other parts of the national capital.