CAA protests: Officials say ’hidden mob’ behind violence in Delhi’s Seelampur

  • "A hidden mob, without any prior information, marched to Seelampur point and it swelled to 4,000-5,000 people, the cops said
  • 21 people, including 12 policemen and six civilians, injured in Seelampur violence and five people detained, said Delhi Police

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Updated17 Dec 2019
A tear gas fired by police lands amidst the demonstrators during a protest against a new citizenship law, in Seelampur (Photo: Reuters)
A tear gas fired by police lands amidst the demonstrators during a protest against a new citizenship law, in Seelampur (Photo: Reuters)

New Delhi: A "hidden mob", which swelled to 4,000 to 5,000 people, indulged in "minor clashes" with police in Seelampur on Tuesday, officials said, asserting that the situation was brought under control soon.

Some people were supposed to stage a protest against the amended Citizenship Act at Zaffrabad at around 2 pm but people gathered between 1 pm and 1.15 pm at Seelampur point and were stopped by police, they said.

"A hidden mob, without any prior information, marched to Seelampur point. It swelled to 4,000-5,000 people. They were peaceful for about 30 minutes. But after that they indulged in minor clashes," an official said.

The situation was brought under control soon and has improved, they said.

21 people, including 12 policemen and six civilians, have been injured and five people were detained, said Delhi Police. Two FIRs have been registered at Seelampur and Zaffrabad police stations.

In the afternoon, angry protesters demanding scrapping of the amended citizenship law torched several motor bikes, pelted stones at police personnel and damaged buses and a police booth in the Northeast Delhi area.

Police resorted to baton charge and fired tear gas shells to disperse the protesters. Plumes of smoke billowed from at least two localities as the standoff continued for around one-and-a-half hours. Police said the situation has been brought under control.

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