Delhi violence death toll rises to 27

New Delhi (IANS): At least 27 people have lost their lives while over 200 people have been injured in the deadliest violence in the national capital in decades after clashes between pro and anti-CAA protesters turned violent in North-East Delhi since last Sunday, officials said on Wednesday.

According to the officials, 25 people died during treatment at the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital in Shahdara area while two others succumbed to their injuries at the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital near Delhi Gate.

New Delhi: A view of tyre market after the riots in Northeast Delhi’s Karawal Nagar, New Delhi on Feb 26, 2020. (Photo: Bidesh Manna/IANS)

The reports of fresh fatalities came hours after National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia visited the violence-hit areas separately.

Speaking to IANS, Sunil Kumar, Medical Superintendent at GTB Hospital, said that 25 people have been killed in the violence in North-East Delhi since Saturday while more than 200 have been injured.

During the day, GTB Hospital released figures of 22 fatalities, out of which nine persons died of bullet injuries.

New Delhi: The destruction caused during violence that erupted on Monday over the Citizenship Amendment Act in northeast Delhi; on Feb 25, 2020. (Photo: IANS)
New Delhi: Security beefed up at Maujpur in east Delhi where sporadic incidents of stone pelting between anti and pro-CAA groups broke a relative lull in tension over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act, on Feb 23, 2020. (Photo: IANS)

“Twenty-two people have been killed in the violence in North-East Delhi since Saturday while more than 200 people have been injured. Out of the 22, nine died of gun shots, five were hit by blunt objects, one died due to burn injuries, three were stabbed whereas the rest of the cases are yet to be analysed. We have performed six post-mortems today,” Kumar had said earlier in the day.

In the violence that erupted after pro and anti-CAA groups clashed, several bullets were fired from both sides which claimed many lives, including that of a Delhi Police head constable.

On Wednesday the body of an Intelligence Bureau staffer was fished out of a drain in Chand Bagh area. The IB staffer was identified as Ankit Sharma.