The national capital was put on the edge on Sunday as there were rumors about “violence” in different parts of the city. The reports about the fresh rumours create a brief panic in some areas but Delhi police were able to quell then smoothly. In response to the rumours of violence, the police tweeted, “ It is to reiterate that these are all rumours. Don’t pay attention to such rumours. Delhi Police is closely monitoring accounts spreading rumours and taking action.”
Metro stations were closed after rumours
After rumours about the violence in Delhi broke out, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation announced the closure of entry and exit gates of seven metro stations. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation issued an update at 7:53 PM on Twitter about the closure of Tilak Nagar metro station. Later at 8:23 PM, the governing authority of Delhi Metro informed about the shutting of Surajmal Stadium, Badarpur, Nangloi, Tughlakabad, Uttam Nagar West and Nawada stadium. This step taken by DMRC was a precautionary measure to prevent the losses and keep the metro safe from riots.
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Police is taking strict actions for rumour-mongering
In a statement, DCP of Delhi Police West says, “ A rumour has been noticed that there is some tensions in Khyala-Raghubir Nagar area of West district. There is no truth behind it. All are requested to keep calm as the situation is absolutely normal and peaceful.
Police in action in Delhi
At Shaheen Bagh, there was heavy deployment of police and barricading as a precautionary measure after the Hindu Sena called for the clearing of the road. The Hindu Sena asked the protestors who have been sitting on the road in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act since December 16, 2019. Delhi Police have even imposed section 144 in the areas hence there was a peaceful march planned on Sunday afternoon. The march was carried out in deep mourning for the lives lost” and to show solidarity with all those affected by “inhumane violence” had to be called off.
Open use of weapons in Delhi riots
Northeast Delhi violence is the first Hindu-Muslim riots with guns in India. Around 46 persons have lost their lives while more than 20 persons have bullet injuries. Delhi Police has claimed that during the riots many persons were seen with the open use of firearms. This shows that the rioters have stocked up illegal weapons. Delhi police also have claimed to recover over 500 empty cartridges including .315 bore, .32 bore and 9 mm bore pistols. Apart from the firearms bricks, stones, and other arms were also used by the rioters in Delhi to create panic among the people.