NEW DELHI: Fresh violence erupted in the national capital on Tuesday, hours after Union home minister Amit Shah called for an urgent meeting with Delhi lieutenant governor Anil Baijal and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to discuss the law and order situation in the city.
Seven died and as many as 90 people injured following incidents of stone pelting and violent clashes in Delhi's northeast, central government officials said. The injured were taken to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital.
The violence comes amid crucial talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump who is on a visit to India.
Stone pelting and cases of arson were reported from Bhajanpura, Karawal Nagar and Ashok Nagar in the city's northeast on Tuesday.
A senior Union home ministry official said as many as 35 companies of paramilitary personnel were deployed in northeast Delhi. The government has said no decision on calling in the Indian Army has been taken.
“More companies of paramilitary personnel have been asked to remain on standby. If needed, they will be called in," the official said.
Home minister Shah chaired a meeting earlier today with Kejriwal, Baijal, Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik, Congress leader Subhash Chopra, and Bharatiya Janata Party leaders Manoj Tiwari and Rambir Singh Bidhuri, officials familiar with the development said. Issues of hate-mongering, police-MLA coordination, adequate force deployment and controlling rumour-mongering was discussed, they added.
Following the meeting Kejriwal said the Delhi government has been assured “of more troops" if required.
Over Sunday and Monday, parts of Delhi’s northeast district were witness to violent clashes. Things turned ugly following clashes between supporters and protesters of Citizenship (Amendment) Act, with shops set ablaze and property vandalised in Chandbagh, Bhajanpura, and Gokulpuri on Monday.