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Delhi communal riot violence of February 2020

Delhi communal riot violence of February 2020. The riots broke out in delhi’s North East Delhi from 23 February 2020 – 29 February 2020.

Delhi communal riot violence of February 2020 were a one of the worst riots in the history of Delhi. We are moving forward to our 74th independent but, we still require enormous misery personally, ripping our nation’s unity apart into religious pieces; around as if we are doomed to Endure the Separation massacre in every period, seeking to achieve records which never straight up. Each particular occurrence of violence in the name of religion forces us to ask the question to ourselves that why does our nation always has violence in the name of religion?

Delhi communal riot
Delhi communal riot violence of February 2020

Any sectarian conflict in Delhi is a frightening warning of the hideous violations when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s killing trigger off the slaughter of stainless and guiltless Sikhs in 1984. In 2020, the endangerment started with conflicts in North East Delhi chiefly two different religious mobs attacking each other on February 23 that continued for three fatal days. This whole bloodshed slaughtering riots took 53 lives and approximately 500 peoples were severely damaged.

India’s national capital Delhi witnessed one of the most dangerous communal Hindu-Muslim clashes in February, the riot in the North-East Delhi riot lasted for two and a half days which claims the lives of 53 peoples, with more than two hundred injured, and many stiffly affected.

While certain data regarding the destruction was challenging to obtain originally by the government officials – in some of the areas because murderous hordes that were spinning smoothly in the state. Even some of the mobs targeted journalists and they were brutally injured following this many journalists still provided information to us a more definite purpose of what specifically happened in those affected places.


It is difficult to aim to one significance and say this is something that flamed up the deadly riot. Well, it would have been impossible for knowing the details about the riots if the eyewitness and journalists from the area did not provide any clue. 

From my point of view, these protests started all over the indian when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration passed acts to India’s citizenship bill in December 2019. There has been concern and confusion throughout the nation and peoples of india concerning its possible consequences. Anti-CAA protests: Demonstrations started in Delhi and different states of the india in December 2019. This protest was against acknowledgment of the section of the Citizenship Act, which flagged the procedure for the reward of citizenship to the religions such as Hindu, Sikhs, Parsis, Jains, Buddhists and Christians who sought shelter in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan in or ere December in the year 2014. But it took the shape of riots in February 2020.

Politician Kapil Mishra
Politician Kapil Mishra spreading hate speech

A Muslim woman-guided a peaceful sit-in demonstration that had been happening for weeks in North East Delhi’s Jaffrabad. On the midday of 23 February, a demonstration was planned and led by Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politician Kapil Mishra in nearby Maujpur. Approaching his followers, while holding alongside to a policeman, he directed that anti-CAA demonstrators in areas of Chand Bagh and Jaffrabad be discarded within three workdays. If they weren’t, he warned that after these days his people supporters would do the act themselves not even listening to the police.


In some reportes neighbors in the area, which felt similar to a fighting territory, said the areas of that rioted places still had been seeing for a door to spring back.

Let’s talk about the day when the first incident of riot occurred on 23 February 2020. The very first incident of a riot in Delhi broke out between the groups of CAA protesters and supporters who support the new law which was launched by the central government of Narendra Modi. In this dispute stone- palleting was reported in the area of Jafrabad Metro station. Later on, this clash took the form of a big communal riot across North East Delhi.


This clasp shaped as murderous riots from On February 24, 2020, this dispute takes a shape of massive riots all around the North-East Delhi areas. Stone pelting reports from various parts of North-East Delhi areas were described those areas were Mauipur, Chand Bagh, Dayalpur, Gokalpuri, North Ghonda, and Bhajanpura. 

On this day specifically the violence took a massive shape, other than this the riots in North-East areas such as Jaffrabad, Maujpur, Babarpur, Chand Bagh, Shiv Vihar, Bhajan Pura, Yamuna Vihar a huge amount of public and private properties were been destroyed as frantic hordes burned down homes, stores, transports, a petrol pump and hit rocks at locals and police employees. Following the same midnight, in Gokalpuri, a tyre market chiefly owned by Muslim business persons was set on fire.

Later on 24th February, in a hurry, the Indian government imposed a section 144 CrPC at ten nerve-racking areas in the northeast region of Delhi also one of the main transport of Delhiites metro’s five metro stations on the Pink Line continuing closed which are located in disputed areas. As intense demonstrations proceeded and a Delhi Police top constable lost his life and a DCP was wounded in Delhi’s Gokulpuri’s disputed area. 

A man pointing in Delhi riot
A man pointing a gun at the police personnel

In this riot, there was a video of a man pointing a gun at the police personnel. In this video from northeast Delhi’s Jafrabad, it was clearly seen that an Anti-CAA protester was rapidly moving towards a policeman with a gun in his hands, subsequently shooting multiples rounds of bullets. This video went viral and shared like a wildfire later he was identified as Shahrukh from Shahdra


The situation in some parts looked like it slipped out of the hands of the government and out of control on 25 February. Clash proceeded for the third day as news of rock-pelting in areas of Maujpur and Babarpur were flooding in. Rampage reportedly remained during the whole night in the Maujpur field, where even normal people, who were moving in the district, were beaten and trounced. 

Later when the situation got out of control of the hand, a well-armed force of Delhi Police, including approximately 1,000 workers and Rapid Action Force (RAF), was expanded in the disputed areas. Late-night of 25 February, policemen put barriers and blocked roads that guide to Ghaziabad from northeast Delhi. CBSE board exams were postponed which are located in areas of Delhi northeast centers. As of 25 FEBRUARY  night, some clashes occurred which had left 13 dead, with above 200 wounded. 

Rioters in Delhi communal riot
Rioters in Delhi communal riot

An old woman named Akbara Devi who was 85 years old dies after protesting goons set her house on fire. According to the many reports that have been presented she was the only woman who lost her life in the deadly riots of Delhi.

Other than this brutal death of an old woman, a man name Ankit Sharma was stabbed to death in Chand Nagar pulia. He was a staffer of the Intelligence Bureau of India. This incident occurred when he was out on the streets during the violence he was stabbed multiple times and thrown off a bridge by a communal mob near the Chand Nagar pulia. 

His body was later taken out from the drain near the Main Nala Road. Well, unfortunately, he was not the only one whose body was recovered from the drain. Throughout the search, in the drain, at least eight peoples body was recovered who was killed and thrown into this drain. 


On the daylight of 26 February, Delhi police and the Rapid Action Force (RAF) led flag parades in several of the neighbourhoods which were badly affected. 

As the riot spread massively a body of a man was recovered from a shop in Karawal Nagar. Later he was identified, his name was Dilber Negi a resident of Uttarakhand. In the investigation, it was found that He was burnt alive on 24 February and his hands were ripped off.


We could say that communal violence in Delhi overshadowed US President Donald Trump’s visit to India. Donald Trump’s visit to Delhi has been dominated by bloody demonstrations that have extended to swallow up India’s capital Delhi, as the communal violent clash between Muslim and Hindu groups took the lives of 53 peoples. The murderous rampage, which has willed the roads of north-east Delhi in flares and soaked in blood this continued to intensify from 23 February to 29 February.


Aftermath of Delhi communal riot
Aftermath of Delhi communal riot

The destruction started on the dusk of February 23, Sunday. It stretched across all of 24 February (Monday) and 25 February (Tuesday) and only succumbed to falling early on 26 February (Wednesday) when National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval toured the field and policemen, as well as paramilitary forces, conducted a flag walks through the disturbance-affected neighbourhoods.