New Delhi, December 17
Violence returned to Delhi on Tuesday as angry protesters poured into the streets and pelted policemen with pieces of brick in the Seelampur-Jaffrabad area, located in the territory’s northeast.
The police were heavily outnumbered and constant tear gas shelling made breathing difficult. The mood in the capital has been tense since buses and police vehicles were set ablaze in an outbreak of violence near Jamia Millia Islamia, a well-known public university, on Sunday. The varsity’s students denied involvement and the police action inside the campus later that evening sparked nationwide protests.
Sources in the Delhi Police said the protest in northeast Delhi today had been scheduled. They said a crowd that had gathered in Jaffrabad at 1.15 pm remained peaceful for half an hour, but became violent upon dispersal.
As many as seven metro stations — Seelampur on the Red Line and Welcome, Jaffrabad, Maujpur-Babarpur, Shiv Vihar, Johri Enclave and Gokulpuri on the Pink Line have been closed.