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Delhi violence: 113 companies of CAPF, DP on ground zero

A total of 113 companies of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) and Delhi Police are deployed in the strife-torn areas of the national capital to maintain law and order, the Union Home Ministry said on Thursday.

The Ministry said that the deployment of the security personnel was made a day after the deadly violence broke out in various areas of northeast Delhi that include most affected localities of Bhjanpura, Chand Bagh, Maujpur, Kardampuri, Jafrabad, Ashok Nagar, Shiv Vihar and many other nearby places.

Asserting that the “situation is under control”, the Ministry said that a total of 73 companies of CAPF or paramilitary forces were deployed in the city on Monday in addition to 40 companies of Delhi Police.

One company of CAPF or Delhi Police consists of around 105 to 115 personnel.

As per the calculation, a total of 113 companies or around 12,000 security personnel from CAPF and Delhi Police have been deployed in the violent hit areas.

The Ministry’s clarification came after reports in some sections of media raised questions about shortage of police personnel in the city which led to the turmoil in the city which began after a clash between groups of anti-CAA or pro-CAA supporters.

“As against cited shortages of police personnel in Delhi, it is stated that there is adequate strength of forces on the ground since this Monday. Based on professional assessment, 73 companies of CAPFs deployed in addition to 40 Coys of Delhi Police. Situation is under control,” Ministry spokesperson Vasudha Gupta said.

Several parts of northeast Delhi witnessed incidents of stone-pelting and firing from country-arms. The violence began on Sunday evening and it turned deadly on Monday and Tuesday leaving 36 people dead and over 200 injured.

The dead include a police Head Constable, an Intelligence Bureau (IB) staff, and an assortment of civilians ranging from an autorickshaw driver to small businessmen.

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