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Bhim Army Chief Chandra Shekhar Azad arrested in Hyderabad, whereabouts not known

The Dalit leader was on his way to Crystal Garden Mehdipatnam to address the meet. AThe programme ‘Celebrating Republic Day with Azad’ was organized by

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Hyderabad, Jan 27 : The whereabouts of Bhim Army Chief Chandra Shekhar Azad, who was arrested on way to address a public meeting in the city against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, were not known till late Sunday, causing concern among his followers.

Few supporters of the Dalit leader were detained when they went to Hyderabad police commissioner’s office and tried to stage a protest demanding to know his whereabouts.

Azad was in Hyderabad to attend two meetings against the CAA, organised by alumni of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and All India Dalit Muslim Adivasi Progressive Front (AIDMPAF).

Azad and lawyer Mehmood Pracha were detained after they stepped out of a hotel in Masab Tank to go to the public meeting venue at Mehdipatnam.

They were shifted from one police station to the other and some supporters following the police vehicle lost track of it. Though there were reports that they were taken to Bolarum or Medchal police stations, his supporters did not find him there.

Azad’s supporters took to the social media to condemn his arrest and demanded his immediate release. #FreeBhimArmyChief was one of the top trends on Twitter. Some of his followers tweeted that he may be taken to the airport and sent back to Delhi.

As the police had denied permission for the public meeting, it took Azad and others accompanying him into custody and shifted them to various police stations.

The Dalit leader was on his way to Crystal Garden Mehdipatnam to address the meet. AThe programme ‘Celebrating Republic Day with Azad’ was organized by

The Bhim Army chief was initially taken to Habeebnagar police station but when his supporters started reached there to lodge their protest, he was shifted to Bolaram police station on the city outskirts. Others were taken to Goshamahal police station.

Earlier, the police had started detaining the activists of AIDMPAF and other supporters of Azad reaching the venue. It dispersed many others who came to attend the meet.

Large number of police personnel were deployed near the venue since morning to foil any attempt to hold the meeting.

Wahdat-e-Islami leader Moulana Naseeruddin, who had also reached the venue, condemned the police action. He alleged that the police was muzzling the voice of democracy and committing ‘excesses’ on those trying to protest peacefully against the CAA, NRC and NPR.

A public meeting at the same venue, scheduled to be addressed by former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar on January 13, had to be cancelled as the police had denied permission for it.

Azad’s detention came 10 days after his release on bail from Tihar Jail. He was arrested by Delhi police on December 20 on charges of inciting people during anti-CAA protest. He was held when he tried to take out a march from Jamia Masjid to Jantar Mantar.

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Congress delegation to visit violence-hit Delhi areas

As per figures available till February 28, a total of 39 persons were killed, of which 13 had gunshot wounds. As many as 22 died of severe injuries suffered during rioting.

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New Delhi, Feb 28 : A five-member Congress delegation will visit the violence-hit areas in northeast Delhi to take stock of the situation, the party said on Friday.

The delegation deputed by Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi comprises Mukul Wasnik, Shakti Singh Gohil, Tariq Anwar, Kumari Selja, and Sushmita Dev.

“The Congress chief has asked these leaders to assess the situation emanating from mindless violence in riot-affected areas and its after-effects and submit a detailed report to her immediately,” the release issued by Congress leader KC Venugopal said.

As per figures available till February 28, a total of 39 persons were killed, of which 13 had gunshot wounds. As many as 22 died of severe injuries suffered during rioting.

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Delhi violence: Saved by Hindu neighbour, recalls Muslim survivor

“One person was locked inside his car and the vehicle set afire in front of my eyes. I narrowly escaped death. I think the rioters come from the Uttar Pradesh border.

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Delhi Violence: Shahbaz (L) and Vikas (R) mourn the death of their friend Rohit Solanki who was shot in the neck.

New Delhi, Feb 28 : Amid the mayhem witnessed in northeast Delhi, another tale of humanity and compassion getting the better of bigotry and hate was scripted, which was narrated by a Muslim resident of Shiv Vihar on Friday — how his Hindu neighbour saved his and his family’s life.

“Around 9 am on Tuesday, a mob of at least 500 persons arrived in our locality and burnt down my car. Since were were no more safe, I escaped along with my wife and children and took refuge in a Hindu brother’s house in the neighbourhood even as the mob burnt alive my older brother who lived nearby,” Saleem Kassar, 48, told IANS.

“The neighbour kept us in his house for the night. The next day, he and his wife helped me and my wife dress up as Hindus. While he applied a ’tilak’ on my forehead, his wife put vermilion and coloured dot on my wife’s forehead. Then only did we step out and took refuge in Mustafabad area,” he said.

Kassar said his dead brother, 52, was the only bread earner of his family, including a married daughter and a visually impaired son-in-law, who lost his eyesight four years ago, and their two children.

The survivor said that the violence in northeast Delhi was worse than that witnessed in 1984 against the Sikhs after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

He said three others were also killed in Shiv Vihar. “One person was locked inside his car and the vehicle set afire in front of my eyes. I narrowly escaped death. I think the rioters come from the Uttar Pradesh border. A few were from Shiv Vihar itself, who are history sheeters. All had their faces covered with cloths or helmets,” Kassar said.

(Sfoorti Mishra can be contacted at [email protected])

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S N Shrivastava appointed Delhi Police Commissioner, replaces Amulya Patnaik

Shrivastava was drafted into the Delhi Police on Tuesday evening to bring the riot-hit areas of the northeast district under control.

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New Delhi, Feb 28 : The Centre on Friday gave additional charge of Delhi Police Commissioner to senior IPS officer S.N. Shrivastava with effect from March 1 and until further orders with incumbent Amulya Patnaik retiring on Saturday.

The government’s order to give Shrivastava additional charge of Delhi Police chief though raised concerns whether he would continue on the post or any other officer would be appointed to head the 84,000 strong force.

The 1985-batch officer of Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre, Srivastava, has been presently holding the charge of Special Commissioner of Delhi Police.

Shrivastava was drafted into the Delhi Police on Tuesday evening to bring the riot-hit areas of the northeast district under control.

A Home Ministry order issued on Friday mentioned that “with the approval of the competent authority, S.N. Shrivastava, IPS (AGMUT: 1985) presently posted with Delhi Police, as Special CP, is hereby given the additional charge of the post of the Commissioner of Police, Delhi with effect from March 1, 2020 and until further orders”.

Shrivastava was earlier posted as Special Director General (Training) with the Central Reserve Police Force. He was ADG (western zone) looking after Jammu and Kashmir at the peak of violence in 2016-17 when Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was gunned down.

The Central Reserve Police Force, where Shrivastava was serving as the Special Director General (Training), issued his reliving order for his “premature repatriation” from the paramilitary force soon after Home Ministry’s direction.

Earlier, Shrivastava headed the Delhi Police Special Cell and was instrumental in the arrest of scores of Indian Mujahideen operatives. He has served the Delhi Police in various capacities in the past.

Shrivastava, who holds a B. Tech and LLB degree, was tipped to take over as the new Delhi Police chief after he was called back to the force at a time when Delhi was facing violent protests and riot that led to the death of 38 people and left over 200 injured in a span of four days since February 23.

Patnaik’s extended tenure ends on February 29. He is a 1985 batch IPS officer from Union Territories cadre, and was appointed as Delhi Police chief on January 30, 2017.

He retired from the post on January 31 but was given one month extension in view Delhi Assembly elections which concluded earlier this month.

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