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Situation peaceful in riot-hit northeast Delhi: Latest developments

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NEW DELHI: Life slowly returned to normalcy in northeast Delhi localities on Saturday, after violence claimed the lives of at least 42 people earlier this week.

Several shops resumed business and customers can be seen buying groceries, fruits and other items of daily needs. The Delhi government has started a helpline number to report hate speeches and promised cash incentive to people who have lost their houses in the violence.

Here is a look at the developments from the violence-affected regions —
Delhi govt to issue a WhatsApp number to report hate speeches
People can complain about hate messages being circulated on the instant messaging app on these numbers. The government will make an appeal to people to not forward any such message because forwarding any material which causes enmity amongst communities is a crime. The move is aimed at dealing with rumours on social media.

Flag marches, identification of rioters
Security personnel have been conducting flag marches and holding regular consultations with locals to assuage their fears. They are also urging residents to not pay attention to rumours on social media and report them to the police. The police and Intelligence Bureau have marked the rioters’ houses and are preparing a list of rioters who were involved through face recognition technology.

148 cases, 630 arrests, 13 gunshot victims
A total of 148 cases have been registered out of which 25 FIRs are under the Arms Act. “A total of 630 people have been arrested/detained and Special Investigation Team has started a probe into the matter. The police also identified the cause of death of 35 victims of communal violence. 22 died due to fatal injuries from stone-pelting or physical assault, while 13 due to gunshot injuries.

₹25k as immediate relief: CM
Delhi government would start distributing Rs 25,000 in cash as immediate relief from Saturday to people whose houses were burned in the riots in northeast Delhi, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said. “The balance cheque will be provided to them after a proper assessment is done by PWD. Any NGO, social organizations and individual donors who would like to contribute to our relief and rehabilitation activities can contact the office of DM North East,” Kejriwal said.

Delhi govt sets up 9 shelters for victims
The government has also set up nine shelters for the riot-affected people. On Friday, it started distributing food there.

Some shops reopen
On Saturday morning, a couple of stores selling daily needs goods like groceries, sweets and medicines opened after a gap of five days.

Police deployed in the area are convincing shopkeepers to open their shops.

Search for missing continues
Relatives of victims continued to wait outside the mortuary at GTB Hospital to receive bodies. Five days after riots broke out in several parts of northeast Delhi, several families are still searching for their missing members. Most of them have already checked the hospitals, assuming they would find their near and dear ones either in the emergency block or at least in the mortuary, but to no avail.

At least 42 people, including a police Head Constable and Intelligence Bureau (IB) officer, have died while around 200 people sustained serious injuries in the violence in northeast Delhi. The violence was reported from
Jaffrabad,
Maujpur,
Babarpur,
Chand Bagh,
Shiv Vihar,
Bhajan Pura,
Yamuna Vihar areas of northeast Delhi

Two Special Investigation Teams have been constituted under the Delhi Police’s Crime Branch to investigate the violence.

A large number of properties have been damaged. Frenzied mobs torched houses, shops, vehicles, a petrol pump and pelted stones at locals and police personnel.

(With inputs from agencies)

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