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Amid clamour for his arrest, BJP's Kapil Mishra appeals for restraint

A police officer is killed and a number of people were injured in stone pelting after fresh clashes erupted Monday in Northeast Delhi

Monday February 24, 2020 7:49 PM, ummid.com news Network

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New Delhi: Amidst clamour for the arrest of Kapil Mishra for allegedly inciting riots in Maujpur and Jaffrabad areas, the Delhi BJP leader took to Twitter and asked the pro and anti-CAA/NRC/NPR protesters to exercise restraint.

A police officer is killed and a number of people were injured in stone pelting after fresh clashes erupted Monday between people for and against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR) in Maujpur, Jaffrabad and other areas of the Northeast Delhi.

There are reports that some houses, shops and a fire tender were also set ablaze. Images and videos of a man in pink shirt shooting with a pistol is also viral on media. In at least one of the videos people can be heard chanting "Jai Shri Ram" slogans.

Violence erupted in the area soon after Kapil Mishra led a pro-CAA rally Sunday. According to locals, Mishra left between 4-4.30 pm Sunday, an hour and a half after he had arrived. The violence began almost immediately after, with a group of people seen running from the Jaffrabad side towards Babarpur.

Later Mishra warned the police to clear the area from anti-CAA protesters within three days.

“We have given a three-day ultimatum to the Delhi Police to get the road cleared. Get the Jafrabad and Chandbagh road cleared”. Mishra said.

But, fresh clashes between the two groups erupted on Monday. Videos shared on social media showed people setting ablaze vehicles and shops. In some videos, people injured in knife and sword attacks are also seen.

As violence escalated, Mishra appealed for restraint.

"I appeal to everyone that violence is not the solution to anything. It is for everyone’s good that brotherhood is maintained in Delhi. Be it CAA supporters or those against it, violence should stop", he wrote on Twitter in Hindi.

Mishra's appeal came as clamour for his arrest became louder and Twitter got flooded with messages asking the Delhi Police to arrest the BJP leader.

Mishra was also accused of making provocative statements during Delhi state elections. Union Home Minister and former BJP President Amit Shah said the the controversial statements cost the BJP dearly in the election.

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