Northeast Delhi burns over CAA, schools closed

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New Delhi: Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump’s bilateral, northeast Delhi turned into a virtual war zone as clashes between anti and pro-Citizenship Amendment Act demonstrators erupted.

Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said on Monday all government and private school will be closed in areas affected by the violence, which broke out over the amended citizenship law in the Northeast district of the Capital.

The Central Board of Secondary Education, which is holding the board exams, said there are no centres in northeast Delhi.

Two people, including a head constable of Delhi Police, were killed and many injured in the clashes in pockets of northeast Delhi that broke out on Monday afternoon over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

Head constable Ratan Lal was killed and a young man, who was taken to the Guru Tegh Bahadur hospital, died of gunshot injuries sustained in Monday’s violence, which came hours ahead of US President Donald Trump’s visit to the national capital.

Stones were thrown by mobs, vehicles and shops set ablaze and parts of Delhi were transformed into a war zone.

Several political leaders, including Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, the BJP’s Manoj Tiwari and Congress’ Rahul Gandhi, have appealed for peace.

Earlier, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who is responsible for Delhi’s law and order, to ensure that peace and harmony is maintained.

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