Delhi violence: Death toll rises to 27
New Delhi: The death toll in Delhi’s worst-ever communal violence since 1984 rose to 27, with 14 more persons succumbing to injuries sustained in clashes that began over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act on Sunday evening.
After four days, both the Centre and the Delhi government swung into action, with National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal going to the disturbed parts of the city on Wednesday to rebuild confidence among people.
In a walkabout shown live on television, Mr. Doval spoke to residents, some of whom posed tough questions. A bearded man could be heard telling him: “Muslims are being killed wherever their numbers are few.”
“The situation is under control and people are satisfied. We have confidence in law enforcement agencies. The police are doing their job and are alert,” Mr. Doval said, suggesting that the demand for calling out the Army was not under consideration.
Minutes after Congress president Sonia Gandhi demanded the resignation of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed for calm and normalcy to be restored at the earliest. These were his first public comments on the violence since Sunday.