The Shaheen Bagh area in south Delhi, the epicentre of anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests in the country, was cleared by the Delhi Police on Tuesday, 24 March, amid the lockdown imposed in the national capital in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.The security was tightened and the protest area sealed by the police, after a prohibitory order under Section 144 of the CrPC was promulgated in Delhi in light of coronavirus concerns.Anti-CAA and NRC protest in Shaheen was cleared by the Delhi Police on 24 MarchOther Shaheen Bagh-like protests in Hauz Rani Bagh, Jamia were been clearedProtests at Shaheen Bagh had been going on for the last 101 days after Parliament passed the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) ActAfter the Shaheen Bagh protest site was cleared out, the Supreme Court-appointed interlocutors, Senior Advocates Sanjay Hegde and Sadhana Ramachandran released a statement urging the administration and the protesters to prioritise the pandemic.A report by Live Law, quoted their statement, which read, “Our process of interlocution has reinforced many valuable lessons, including the need for continued dialogues at all times. We believe the Supreme Court-mandated interlocution, kept Shaheen Bagh protests peaceful even while violence erupted in other parts of Delhi…We request everyone to see the issue, not as a question of win or lose. The country has a grave pandemic threatening it and currently, that must receive priority in terms of everyone’s attention.”Like Shaheen Bagh, the protest site in Hauz Rani has been cleared by police as prohibitory orders under Section 144 is in place in Delhi, ANI reported.Police also cleared the protest site outside Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI). JMI had temporarily suspended the protest on 21 March at Gate no 7, in view of coronavirus, ANI reported.Police also used a drone to monitor the situation.The Shaheen Bagh area in south Delhi, the epicentre of anti-CAA protests in the country, has been cleared amid the lockdown imposed in Delhi in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.The security was tightened and the protest area sealed by the police, after a prohibitory order under Section 144 was promulgated in Delhi in light of coronavirus concerns.Forensic investigation team and Delhi Police officials inspected the site near Shaheen Bagh anti CAA protest where a fire broke out allegedly after a petrol bomb was hurled, earlier today.In a statement, the Jamia Coordination Committee said that some "miscreants" threw a petrol bomb at the protest site at Jamia square in Jamia Millia Islamia. PProtesters at Shaheen Bagh alleged that a petrol bomb was hurled near the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protest site on Sunday.Suspended AAP Councillor Tahir Hussain was sent to four-day police custody in the case of the alleged murder of Intelligence Bureau officer Ankit Sharma, during the violence in northeast Delhi last month.An FIR had been filed against Hussain in connection to the case of Sharma's death, whose body was found in a drain near his home in the Chand Bagh area of north east Delhi.Passing a resolution against CAA in Telangana Assembly on Monday, 16 March, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao while speaking in the Assembly, said that "there are millions of people who do not have valid documents. The Central govt should rethink on the CAA".Delhi Police has filed Action Taken Report in a Delhi Court requesting to dismiss Jamia Millia Islamia's plea seeking registration of an FIR against the Delhi Police.The Delhi High Court on Monday, 16 March sought a response from the Centre, police and AAP government on a plea seeking directions to the police to preserve CCTV footage of the recent violence in northeast Delhi. A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar issued notice to the authorities and listed the matter for further hearing on 27 March.The plea filed by the Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind said Delhi Police should be asked to preserve CCTV footage from 23 February to 1 March of the violence-torn areas, and should not remove debris without collecting evidence from the site. It also sought FIRs against those involved in the violence and an SIT comprising retired judges of the Supreme Court and the high court.Student protesters tried to take out a candlelight march at Aligarh Muslim University to mourn the death of a youth who had died of gunshot injuries sustained in violent clashes during protests over the amended citizenship act last month, but were blocked at the main gate itself, police said.According to PTI, sixty students including 50 unnamed persons have been booked by police at the Civil Lines police station in connection with the protests at the AMU campus on Saturday night. Ten students were named for violating Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code.The police arrested two members of the Popular Front of India for their alleged involvement in communal riots amid anti-CAA protests in the Northeast Delhi, in which over 50 persons were killed, officials said.The accused have been identified as PFI president Parvez and secretary Iliyas, they said, reported PTI.Accusing the ruling BJP of unleashing a "communal virus" in India that wreaked havoc, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Thursday asked Union Home Minister Amit Shah why registration of FIRs was delayed against perpetrators of hate speeches, PTI reported.He claimed that the government’s inaction amounted to "a licence to kill".Initiating a short-duration debate in Rajya Sabha on the recent law and order situation in some parts of Delhi, Sibal alleged that while the national capital was burning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was silent on the matter for 70 hours and the police machinery was busy destroying evidences and supporting violence or rioters."You can do anything to protect cows, but not human beings? Do we need to bring another Article to ensure the protection of human beings," he said, referring to provisions of the Constitution on cow protection.The Delhi Police's Special Cell on Thursday apprehended a man in connection with the killing of IB staffer Ankit Sharma during the riots last month in the national capital's northeast district, police said, according to PTI.The accused has been identified as Salman alias Nanhe, they said.Sharma's body was found in a drain near his home in northeast Delhi's Chand Bagh area on February 27, a day after he went missing. Earlier, police had arrested suspended Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor Tahir Hussain in the case.Delhi High Court on Thursday issued notice to Delhi Police, Delhi Government and all other concern parties including some political leaders on a plea seeking action against the political leaders for allegedly making hate speeches and engaging in criminal activities, ANI reported.Tushar Mehta, representing the centre, informed the court that it needs more time to file a response on alleged hate speeches. The court has adjourned the matter till 20 March but asked Centre to file a response by Monday, 16 March.While speaking to media, Delhi Police PRO, MS Randhawa, said: "We have received a lot of videos that will help us in the investigation.""We are doing an analysis of all the footage. Face recognition technology is being used to identify people. Many people have come forward to record their statements. SIT and local police are conducting the probe," he added.A total 712 FIRs have been registered and over 200 people have been arrested in this case so far, Randhawa informed.Without mentioning Congress, Shah said an Opposition leader at a party rally on 24 February gave the call for "aar paar ki ladai" and asked if it wasn't hate speech.He was apparently referring to a speech made by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.He also attacked AIMIM Asaduddin Owaisi for his party leader Waris Pathan’s controversial remarks at a rally against the CAA.In an apparent reference to a speech made by Umar Khalid, Shah said that on 17 February, a member of United Against Hate had exhorted people to come out in large numbers when US President Trump arrived in India and show him what the India government is doing. Shah questioned whether this was also not hate speech."We will spare no one irrespective of their religion, caste and political affiliation. Such action will be taken that it will be lesson for the country on what befalls those who indulge in rioting," Amit Shah said.Shah also assured the House that CCTV footage is being analysed using face identification software, and took a dig at the Opposition, saying that the software does not discriminate on the basis of religion or clothes.He said details of voter identity cards and driving licences were fed into the software which helped identify 1,100 people.Amit Shah spoke about the possible role of social media in the violence, claiming that around 60 social media accounts were created on 22 February and were closed down on 26 February.“Police will find those behind them. Social media was used to incite hate,” he said, adding that he could assure the House that the Delhi Police would hold a thorough investigation into this incident.Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday, 11 March, addressed the Parliament on the issue of Delhi violence and said that there have been attempts to polititicise the riots.“I pay my tribute to all those who lost their lives in riots in Delhi and extend my condolences to their grieving families,” he said.“I would like to place on record that after 25 February no incident of rioting took place. There have been attempts to politicise these riots,” he added.“Questions have been asked about what the Delhi Police was doing. Police were on the ground then, police will also probe and submit a report in coming days. I would like to praise the Delhi Police for not allowing the riots to spread to other areas,” Shah said.Shah said that he skipped all ceremonial occasions with US President Trump and coordinated with Delhi Police to control riots in real-time.“I was the one who asked NSA Doval to go and boost the morale of Delhi Police for their work during riot-control,” he said.A Delhi Court has remanded Mohammad Shahnawaz to 14 days judicial custody, in connection with the murder case of a man in Gokulpuri, whose body was found in mutilated condition in Brijpuri area on 26 February, following violence in Delhi.A fresh plea has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking registration of cases against those who have made hate speeches.The petition alleged that hate speeches were made by Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Salman Khursid, and BJP’s Anurag Thakur and Kapil Mishra. It says that the property of those making hate speeches should be attached and sold to compensate the victims of violence that rocked northeast Delhi last month, PTI reported.The plea also seeks the setting up of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to assess the property damaged during the violence.The Delhi High Court on Wednesday allowed authorities to dispose of the unidentified bodies after two weeks from the date of the publication of the names of those who died during violence in Delhi.The HC had earlier asked the government hospitals of Delhi not to dispose of the unidentified bodies till 11 March and to conduct videography of post-mortem of bodies of those who died during violence.The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday, 11 March, registerd a case against suspended AAP Councilor Tahir Hussain under Prevention of Money Laundering Act. His alleged links with the PFI (Popular Front of India) are also being investigated.Alleging that the violence in Delhi was a "pre-planned conspiracy", former Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar started a drive to raise funds for those affected by the clashes, according to PTI."Hooligans were hired from outside Delhi. They ransacked and vandalised many houses and shops. It was a pre- planned conspiracy induced by communal hatred," said the veteran CPI(M) leader."I urge everybody to come forward to help the riot survivors," he added.14 Organisations comprising farmers, industrial workers, student groups and religious groups took out a rally in Ludhiana against the CAA, NPR, NRC and the recent northeast Delhi riots, The Wire reported.The protesters also passed a resoluion of their demands, which included that the CAA-NPR-NRC be immeidately repealed and those inciting violence be held accountable.The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday said it was yet to decide whether to approach the Supreme Court against the Allahabad High Court's order to immediately remove the posters of those accused of vandalism during protests against the amended citizenship law.The posters, bearing photographs, names and addresses of those accused of vandalism during protests against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act in December, had come up at major road crossings in Lucknow last Thursday.A 62-year-old man from Parbhani in Maharashtra was arrested on Monday for allegedly using abusive words against Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protest, reported PTI, police officials.A video of the accused, identified as Sheikh Gani Sheikh Rehman, purportedly using derogatory language against the PM during the sit-in protest near the Parbhani Collector's office has gone viral, a police official said.After an FIR was lodged by local leaders of the BJP, police arrested Sheikh under various provisions of the Maharashtra Police Act including section 294 (Punishment for Obscene Act or Words in Public), he said.Delhi Police on Monday, apprehended one person, named Lokesh Kumar Solanki, in connection to riots which took place in northeast Delhi on 5 March."He disclosed about his other associates. All out efforts are being made to apprehend the remaining accused person," police officials said.Delhi Police Special Cell has arrested Danish, a member of PFI (Popular Front of India), for spreading false propaganda during anti-CAA protests, reports ANI on Monday, 9 March, quoting Delhi police.Delhi Police Crime Branch is looking for suspended AAP Councilor Tahir Hussain's brother Shah Alam in connection with the murder of Intelligence Bureau (IB) officer Ankit Sharma. His name has come out in the investigation process, reported ANI on Monday.The Delhi Police on Sunday, 8 March said that it has filed over 700 cases and nabbed nearly 2,400 people in connection with the recent communal violence in northeast Delhi, reported PTI.In total, 2,387 people have been either detained or arrested in relation to the violence that broke out last month in northeast Delhi, they said.According to police, out of the 702 cases filed, 49 have been registered under the Arms Act.They also said 283 meetings have been held with the Aman Committees in violence-hit areas of northeast Delhi.Congress Leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury met the family members of Intelligence Bureau Officer Ankit Sharma at his residence in Northeast district's Chand Bagh area, reported ANI.A Delhi Court has sent father-son duo Riyasat and Liaqat Ali to police custody in connection with Delhi Violence, reported ANI.Riyasat has been sent to a 3-day police custody and Liaqat to 14-day police custody.Delhi Police on Sunday, 8 March apprehended a couple from Jamia Nagar with alleged links to ISIS for “instigating CAA protests”, reported ANI quoting DCP Pramod Singh Kushwaha.“A couple, Jahanjeb Sami and Hina Bashir Beg linked to Khorasan Module of ISIS apprehended from Jamia Nagar, Ohkla. Couple was instigating anti-CAA protests,” DCP Kushwaha said.Delhi Police has filed 690 cases, total 2,193 people either detained or arrested in connection with violence in northeast Delhi.A Delhi Court has granted bail to Kapil Baisala, the man who opened fire in Shaheen Bagh area on 1 February, reported ANI.Three persons – Tarik Rizwi, Liaqat and Riyasat – have been detained in connection with the violence in Delhi, reported news agency ANI quoting Delhi police official.Police is interrogating one of them for hiding suspended AAP Councilor Tahir Hussain, who is under police custody in connection with Intelligence Bureau Officer Ankit Sharma murder case.Hundreds of women from different organisations in Maharashtra participated in a march against the CAA, NRC and NPR at Matunga in central Mumbai on Saturday, 7 March.On the eve of International Women's Day women from various organisations, including tribal and dalit outfits, marched from Five Gardens in Matunga to Chaityabhoomi in Dadar.Earlier, the Mumbai police had denied permission for the march and had even circulated a message on WhatsApp warning people of strict action if they conducted or participated in the rally.However, even as the message was widely circulated on social media, hundreds of women gathered at Five Gardens, following which the police allowed them to march.(Source: PTI)Police have recovered the pistol of Shahrukh, the Jaffrabad shooter – who opened fire and pointed his gun at police in northeast Delhi – from his residence.A 27-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly being involved in the killing of an employee of a sweet shop in northeast Delhi during the communal violence, police said.Dilbar Singh Negi's decapitated body was found in Brahmpuri on 26 February. He belonged to Uttarakhand and was working at a sweet shop in the area.The Crime Branch, which is probing the murder cases registered during the riots, has arrested Shahnawaz for allegedly killing Negi and are trying to identify the other suspects.The Information and Broadcasting Ministry on Friday suspended the broadcast of two Kerala-based news channels for 48 hours over their coverage of the violence in northeast Delhi.The police on Friday said that 683 cases have been registered and 1,983 people either detained or arrested in connection with violence in northeast Delhi.The Karkardooma court in Dehi on Friday sent suspended AAP councillor Tahir Hussain to seven-day police custody in connection with the Ankit Sharma murder case.The Aam Aadmi Party government on Saturday will launch a two-day mega drive for release of compensation to victims of the Delhi violence, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Friday.The government wants the verification exercise at the earliest so that victims get compensation as soon as possible, Sisodia told a press conference. The drive will be headed by six senior IAS officers, he said.Sisodia said that the government has so far received around 1,700 compensation forms, PTI reported.SC on Friday fixed 14 April for hearing of Delhi Police's plea against activist Harsh Mander for alleged hate speech.The Delhi High Court on Friday sought responses from the Delhi government and the police on a PIL by CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat seeking directions to make public the list of persons arrested in connection with the recent violence in the northeast part of the city.A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel ad Justice C Hari Shankar issued notice to the Delhi government and the police on Karat's plea which has sought that a list of the arrested persons be put up outside the police control room and police stations in the district and updated on a case-by-case basis.It also urged the court to call for a status report containing the names and numbers of the persons detained and arrested by the Delhi Police in relation to the violence.The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a plea challenging the constitutional validity of the CAA filed by a journalist.A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant issued notice to the Centre on journalist Saket Gokhale's plea and tagged them along with over 160 petitions challenging the CAA which are listed for hearing this month.The Delhi High Court on Friday directed all the hospitals to videograph post-mortems of those killed during the communal violence in northeast Delhi last week.A bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and I S Mehta directed the authorities to preserve the DNA samples of all the bodies and not dispose of any unidentified body till Wednesday, the next date of hearing.The directions came while hearing a habeas corpus plea by a man seeking the whereabouts of his brother-in-law who went missing during the riots over the amended citizenship law.During the hearing, the court was informed by the police that the body of the missing person, Hamza, was recovered from a drain at Gokulpuri on Monday and his post-mortem would be conducted during the day at the RML Hospital.The Delhi High Court on Friday listed the pleas on violence in northeast Delhi and hate speeches by political leaders on 12 March.A bench headed by Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar listed the PIL seeking lodging of FIRs and arrests in the communal violence in northeast Delhi over the amended citizenship law and alleged hate speeches by political figures for 12 March.The court directed all respondents to file their replies in the main matters as well as impleadment applications.The Uttar Pradesh government has put up hoardings in prominent intersections in Lucknow, with names, addresses and photos of some of those accused of violence during protests against the CAA in Lucknow in December last year.The people named on the hoardings have been asked to pay the compensation for damage to public property in Lucknow during the violence, in which one person died.The hoardings further state that if the accused fail to pay up soon, their property will be attached.The police said on Thursday that it has registered over 600 cases in connection with northeast Delhi violence.Out of 654 cases registered, 47 were related to the Arms Act, it said in a statement.In total, 1,820 people have been either detained or arrested so far in connection with the communal violence, the police said.The Delhi Cabinet on Thursday decided to enhance compensation for damage to residential units in the violence in northeastern part of the city.According to a government statement, each floor of a multi-storey building will be treated as a residential unit for the purpose of providing compensation.The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the police to publish on its official website details of all unidentified bodies, brought to government hospital mortuaries following the violence in northeast Delhi, along with their photographs.A bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and IS Mehta issued the direction while hearing a habeas corpus plea by a man seeking the whereabouts of his brother-in-law who went missing during the recent violence in northeast Delhi, PTI reported.The court also directed the police, represented by Delhi government standing counsel (Criminal) Rahul Mehra and advocate Chaitanya Gosain, to make "all out efforts" to locate and produce before it the missing person – Hamza.The death toll due to the violence in northeast Delhi last week rose to 53 on Thursday. Forty four deaths have been reported from the GTB hospital, five from RML hospital, three from LNJP hospital and one from Jag Pravesh Chandra Hospital.Over 98 percent attendance was recorded in the Class 12 board exam held in the violence-affected northeast Delhi on Thursday, a CBSE official said.The Class 12 students appeared for Accountancy exam."Over 98 percent attendance was recorded in Class 12 Accountancy exam in riot-hit northeast Delhi," the official at the Central Board Secondary Education (CBSE) said.The situation in Delhi is fast returning to normal, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday, 5 March, in response to the criticism by global bodies on violence that rocked the national capital last week.“The comments by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Delhi violence are driven by his political agenda,” the MEA said, adding that law enforcement agencies are doing their best to bring the situation under control.Minutes after moving a plea for surrendering before Court, the Rouse Avenue court rejected ex-AAP Councillor Tahur Hussain’s plea, saying that it not within our jurisdiction.He was then arrested by the SIT of Delhi police.Suspended AAP corporator Tahir Hussain who has been charged with the murder of IB officer Ankit Sharma amid the Delhi violence is on his way to Rouse Avenue Court to surrender, ANI reported.Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal on Thursday, 5 March, said that "normalcy is returning" after he visited violence-affected areas of northeast district, ANI reported.“The schools are functioning. All the damage is being assessed and compensation will be released accordingly,” Baijal added.Members of a Congress created federal body that monitors violation of religious freedom abroad on Wednesday, 5 March, expressed concern over India's amended citizenship law, saying it could result in the "wide-scale disenfranchisement" of Muslims in the country, according to PTI.Members of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) along with an invited panel of experts convened a hearing mainly focused on India's Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the Rohingya Muslims issue in Myanmar to help develop policy recommendations for the US government in response to the issues.Madras High Court directed Tamil Nadu DGP to take into custody all those who protest both for and against CAA on public roads without valid permission.The Court said, mere registration of FIRs will not solve inconvenience faced by school children and others.Hindu Munnetra Kazhagam president K Gopinath, also an advocate, had filed a PIL petition seeking to restrain the DGP from entertaining any kind of anti-CAA protest in Tamil Nadu. Justices MM Sundresh and Krishnan Ramasamy heard the petition.The Supreme Court on Thursday, 5 March, refused to allow a victim of the recent Delhi violence intervene in a matter in which the Centre has raised the issue of alleged hate speech by activist Harsh Mander during anti-CAA protests, according to PTI.Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves mentioned the matter before a bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde and said the riot victim wanted to intervene in the Harsh Mander case, which is scheduled to be heard on Friday."We will not allow you to intervene," the CJI told Gonsalves.The Supreme Court on Thursday, 5 March, said it will hear pleas challenging the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) after arguments in the Sabarimala matter are over, PTI reported.A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde said this after senior advocate Kapil Sibal sought urgent hearing of CAA matters and said that till date, the Centre has not filed a reply in the matter.Attorney General KK Venugopal told the bench also comprising justices BR Gavai and Surya Kant that the Centre would be filing a reply in a few days.Delhi University's Department of Social Work on Thursday, 5 March, issued a statement, condemning the hate speeches made by BJP leader Kapil Mishra which allegedly incited violence in northeast Delhi."We, more than 100 undersigned alumni from different batches of the Department of Social Work (Delhi School of Social Work-DSSW), University of Delhi, hereby come together to unequivocally condemn the hate speeches made by one of our alumnus, Kapil Mishra (2004-06) which incited the communal violence in several places of Delhi on 24th February 2020," the statement read."We the undersigned alumni are in abject dismay at how an ex-student of the Department is capable of such irresponsibility. Both his act and speech stands in direct contradiction to not only of values and ethics of social works but also basic humanitarian principles," it further said.Lt Governor Anil Baijal will visit the violence-affected areas in northeast Delhi on Thursday, 5 March, ANI reported.The Delhi Police has registered 531 FIRs and arrested or detained 1,647 people in connection with the communal violence in northeast Delhi, an officer said on Wednesday.Forty-seven of the cases were registered under the Arms Act, the officer said.According to police, the police control room (PCR) did not receive any calls of rioting in the past seven days.The situation in the violence-affected areas was under control, the police said.The Rahul Gandhi-led delegation visited a school in Brijpuri area of northeast Delhi and assessed the damage on Wednesday.Speaking to the media, Gandhi said, “This school is the future of India. Hate and violence have destroyed it. This violence is of no benefit to anyone. It only harms people and Bharat Mata. Everybody has to work in together and take India forward at this time.”India is being divided and no one is benefiting from this, the Congress MP added.Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, along with other party leaders, is visiting the violence-affected areas of northeast Delhi on Wednesday.Over 97 percent attendance was recorded in the Class 10 board exam held in the violence-affected northeast Delhi on Wednesday, according to officials at the Central Board of Secondary Education.The Class 10 students appeared for Science exam."The Class 10 science exam was conducted successfully today by CBSE. It is encouraging to note that 97.8 percent students appeared from 95 centres in northeast parts of Delhi," a senior board official said.The UK government has reiterated its concern over the potential impact of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and said it is continuing to follow the events in India closely, PTI reported.In response to an urgent question on “Recent Violence in India” tabled by Pakistani-origin Opposition Labour Party MP Khalid Mahmood in the House of Commons on Tuesday, UK's Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Nigel Adams said the UK engages with India at all levels, including on human rights, and also referred to the country's "proud history" of inclusive government and religious tolerance."The UK government also have concerns about the potential impact of the legislation (CAA),” said Adams, the Minister for Asia who was standing in for UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is on a visit to Turkey.The Supreme Court on Wednesday, 4 March, ordered the matter relating to violence in Delhi to be listed before Chief Justice of Delhi High Court on 6 March.The High Court has been requested to decide the matter as expeditiously as possible “in interest of justice."The Supreme Court on Wednesday, 4 March, refused to hear former IAS officer and petitioner in the case, Harsh Mander’s petition in the Delhi violence case after Solicitor general Tushar Mehta said he has given a speech in derogation of the apex court.Court said that if this is how he feels about the courts then it will have to be decided first whether he should be given a hearing at all, ANI reported.Mehta mentioned before the SC the alleged video clip of Mander. Mehta said that Mander can be seen calling people to streets for real justice.The Supreme Court on Wednesday, 4 March, started hearing pleas of Delhi violence victims seeking immediate registration of FIR against BJP leaders Kapil Mishra, Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma and others for their alleged hate speech, ANI reported.Delhi High Court on Wednesday, 4 March, dismissed PIL challenging the announcement made by the Delhi government to grant compensation to the victims of the violence in northeast Delhi, ANI reported.The Maharashtra BJP has suspended the chairperson of a party-ruled municipal council and deputy head of another local body which recently passed resolutions against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, PTI reported.BJP spokesperson Keshav Upadhye posted the suspension letters on his Twitter handle on Wednesday.As per the letters, issued on Tuesday, the Parbhani-based Selu Municipal Council's chairperson Vinod Borade and Palam Municipal Council's deputy chairperson Balasaheb Rokade have been suspended by the party.BJP state president Chandrakant Patil has stated in the letters that both the party workers showed indiscipline by voting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), hence they have been suspended from the party.The Supreme Court on Wednesday, will hear cases against BJP leaders accused of hate speeches, filed by victims of last week's Delhi violence in which at least 48 have been killed.The Delhi High Court had last week given the police four weeks to come back with an update on action taken against the leaders accused of inciting violence over CAA.Petitions, filed by riot victims, have called for First Information Reports (FIRs) against BJP leaders Kapil Mishra, Parvesh Verma, Anurag Thakur and Abhay Verma.Expelled AAP Councillor Tahir Hussain, reported to be absconding, has moved for anticipatory bail in a Delhi court. The plea will be heard on Wednesday.The Supreme Court-appointed mediators Sanjay Hegde and Sadhana Ramachandran visited Shaheen Bagh on Tuesday to hold a meeting with the protesters. The interlocutors had submitted a report on their discussions with the anti-CAA and NRC protesters to the apex court on 24 February.As many as 436 cases have been registered and 1,427 people have been arrested or detained so far in connection with the violence in northeast Delhi, in which at least 42 have died and over 200 injured.Lawyers' body SCAORA (Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record Association) on Tuesday expressed "deep anguish" at the loss of lives and property in the communal violence in northeast Delhi, and asked its members to contribute generously for compensating and rehabilitating the victims, PTI reported.Mohammed Shahrukh, who was seen flashing a gun with a policeman in front of him during violence in northeast Delhi last week, was arrested from UP’s Shamli, the police said on Tuesday.He fired three rounds, but his pistol is yet to be recovered, they added.“Shahrukh has been charged under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 186, and 353 of the IPC, and Arms Act. Further sections will be added during the course of investigation, if needed. We will try to get his maximum possible remand,” said Ajit Kumar Singla, Additional Commissioner of Police.“Shahrukh said he fired during protests in a fit of rage. He has no criminal background but his father has a narcotics and fake currency case against him. Further investigation is underway,” Singla added.The Delhi High Court will hear on Friday a plea seeking direction to the authorities to produce two persons who have been allegedly illegally detained by the police during the violence which had erupted in northeast Delhi.The habeas corpus petition was listed on Monday before a bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and IS Mehta. However, it will be heard on 6 March as the bench was not holding court.A habeas corpus plea requires a person under arrest or illegal detention to be brought before a judge or a court.Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday visited riot-affected areas in northeast Delhi to take stock of the relief operations.According to an official cited by PTI, Sisodia interacted with residents of Shiv Vihar and other areas in northeast Delhi, where communal violence broke out last week.The CBSE said that the Class 12 exam for History on Tuesday went off peacefully in the northeast parts of Delhi. “The centres in northeast part of Delhi recorded 98.33 percent attendance today,” it said.Paramilitary forces conducted flag marches and damage assessment teams scoured the violence-hit areas in northeast Delhi, where the situation remained tense but peaceful on Tuesday, PTI reported.Help trickled in the heavily-guarded riot-hit areas, with people carrying sacks of ration and milk cans in their vehicles.However, many complained of receiving no medical or legal help from the government.The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has filed an intervention application in the Supreme Court of India on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “The CAA is an internal matter of India and concerns the sovereign right of the Indian Parliament to make laws. We strongly believe that no foreign party has any locus standi on issues pertaining to India’s sovereignty.”Several anti-CAA protesters have been detained at Ramlila Maidan on Tuesday, 3 March, police said, adding that they did not have permission for march to Parliament, according to PTI.The man who had opened fire during violence in northeast Delhi’s Jaffrabad on 24 February, has been arrested by Delhi Police Crime Branch from Uttar Pradesh, ANI reported.India has summoned Iranian envoy over comments by Iran's foreign minister Javad Zarif on violence in Delhi, PTI reported quoting official sources.US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez ion Tuesday, 3 March, hit out at President Donald Trump for sealing the arms deal with Prime Minister Narendra Modi while he is “ethnically cleansing the country’s religious minorities.”“President Trump is engaging in arms deals with Modi while his administration is ethnically cleansing the country’s religious minorities. We must not enable this rise in sectarian violence,” Cortez tweeted.Taking action against rumour-mongering in southeast Delhi, Delhi Police no Monday, 2 March, registered 10 cases under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and 163 cases under Section 65 of the Delhi Police Act, ANI reported.Speaking at a press conference, Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava said, "Some anti-nationals and miscreants want to spread rumours to disturb peace in Delhi. We want to tell all citizens of Delhi that whenever they unconfirmed reports of riots or any disturbance, they must verify such reports from the Central Police Control room for which we are giving an advertisement."Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif took to Twitter to condemn the “wave of organized violence against Indian Muslims” and urged for peaceful dialogue.The Forensic Science Laboratory in Rohini will handle the cases related to northeast Delhi communal violence on a priority basis and submit report within a week, an official said on Monday.FSL director Deepa Verma visited the affected areas in Bhajanpura and Dayalpur to take stock of the work being done by her multiple teams. "Our laboratory has taken up these cases on priority. I hope that the result will be submitted very soon to investigating agencies," she said.Verma said this is the first time they are dealing with an incident of this magnitude and spread over such a huge area.Sanjeev Gupta, in-charge, the Crime Scene Division, said multiple teams have been deployed across the violence-affected areas to collect samples.The Delhi Police has registered 10 cases under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, 163 cases under section 65 of The Delhi Police Act and 3 cases under section 107/151 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, in action against rumour-mongers in South East district, ANI reported.The Delhi Police crime branch will investigate 47 murder cases which were filed after violence rocked the northeast part of the national capital, sources said on Monday, PTI reported.The death toll in the communal clashes over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) that erupted a week ago remained at 42 even as four bodies were fished out of drains in northeast Delhi on Sunday.The sources said some of the cases have already been transferred to the crime branch, while the remaining cases will be shifted either on Tuesday or Wednesday. Meanwhile, the department is facing difficulties in the investigation as tracing eyewitnesses has become a daunting task for the force.A 24-year-old man was arrested for allegedly spreading rumours about communal riots in West Delhi's Nihal Vihar area, police said on Monday, PTI reported. The accused has been identified as Abhishek Shukla, they said."The Cyber Crime Cell of Delhi Police arrested Shukla for spreading rumours about riots in Nihal Vihar. He has over 10,000 followers on social media, and was using that particular platform to spread rumours," a senior police officer said.His mobile phone has been recovered and the alleged social media post has been confirmed to have been posted from his profile, they added.Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad has approached the United Nations requesting an investigation into "serious human rights violations in India," PTI reportedAzad's letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights comes against the backdrop of largescale violence in North East Delhi."As I write, 45 people are confirmed dead even as the toll is rising every hour. Men are being mob-lynched and stabbed to death and women and girls are being raped," he wrote in the letter. "Thousands have been displaced and are fleeing their hometown... the state administration's response to all this has been a failure," he said and alleged that the Delhi Police has remained a "mute spectator".He alleged that after the Citizenship (Amendment) Act was signed into a law in December, the socio-political situation in the country has been witnessing "new heights of state-sponsored atrocities".Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava held a press conference on Monday, 2 March, assuring citizens the situation is peaceful and getting back to normal."We want to tell the citizens of Delhi that whenever they get unconfirmed reports of riots/disturbance, then, must verify such reports from the Central Police Control room," ANI quoted him as saying. "We have registered more than 300 cases," Shrivastava said, adding that investigation is in advanced stages.He added that various public representatives had appreciated the police's work, and had given suggestions, which they were considering. He also emphasised the efforts of the police to collect evidence, saying that they have made an appeal for all CCTV, TV channel and social media video footage to be shared with them.Left parties and the Congress organised a protest march in Kolkata against the violence in Delhi which claimed 42 lives, and demanded the resignation of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, PTI reported.CPI(M) politburo member and Left Front Chairman Biman Bose, state Congress President Somen Mitra and other leaders of the two parties marched down streets of central Kolkata."We are protesting the carnage which took place in Delhi. I heard that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee described the Delhi deaths as genocide," Bose said. Earlier during the day, the Trinamool Congress supremo described the communal conflagration in Delhi as "state- sponsored genocide".Election strategist and former JD(U) national vice-president Prashant Kishor on Monday slammed Nitish Kumar, saying it was "bad" on the Bihar chief minister's part to not mention the Delhi violence in his over an hour address to party workers.Kishor, who was expelled from the Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) in January, was referring to the chief minister's speech on Sunday at a party 'karyakarta sammelan'. "It was bad on his (Nitish Kumar) part not to say a word on the Delhi violence," Kishor tweeted.Delhi minister Gopal Rai visited a relief camp in violence-hit northeast Delhi on Monday and assured people that more such facilities would be opened, if need be.The labour and employment minister visited the relief camp at Mustafabad which has a capacity to accommodate 1,000 people. The relief camp was set up by the Delhi government to give shelter to the families affected in the violence, which broke out in parts of Delhi last week.There are provisions for food, water and medicines in the camp. It also has a help-desk to facilitate processing of compensation forms filled by the riot victims."We will set up more relief camps in other affected areas too if needed," Rai said. He said he would meet the Delhi police commissioner in the evening to discuss this issue along with the problems caused due to rumour-mongering on Sunday.The National Commission for Women on Monday expressed concern over the "miserable condition" of the people affected by the violence in northeast Delhi, saying it is "disturbing" that victims have been told to visit the concerned state government offices to fulfil formalities in such a situation.In a letter to Chief Secretary of the national capital Vijay Kumar Dev, NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma asked the Delhi government to present its action plan for the relief and rehabilitation of people affected by the recent violence in Delhi.The Congress on Monday said it will continue to protest in Parliament over the communal violence in Delhi as it is the party's duty to uncover the "conspiracy" behind the violence.The opposition party's assertion came soon after the Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day. The House was earlier adjourned thrice with members from the BJP and the Congress pushing and shoving each other amid the Opposition's protests against last week's violence in Delhi, which has claimed over 40 lives.The Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Choudhary, said "democracy was torn to shreds" and alleged that a ruling party MP assaulted one of the Congress' Dalit women MPs in the Lok Sabha.He said the Congress will continue to protest in Parliament and it is the party's duty to uncover the "conspiracy" behind the Delhi violence.Delhi police got over 3,000 distress calls on Sunday from people panicked over riot-related rumours like violence, arson and stone pelting across the national capital, officials said, PTI reported.Around one-fifth of these calls on the emergency 100 and 112 numbers came from Shaheen Bagh in South East Delhi and nearby areas in South Delhi."More than 3,000 emergency calls were received at the police control room (PCR) after rumours related to violence started doing rounds in Delhi on Sunday evening. 413 calls were from South East Delhi and 157 from South Delhi," a senior police officer said.The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation also shut down the entry and exit gates of seven metro stations but did not give any reason. The stations were reopened later. The police said it was closely monitoring the social media accounts spreading fake news or rumours and action will be taken against them.Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday appealed to the people to provide details of the needy for a quick response from government agencies for relief work in riot-hit North East Delhi, PTI reported.Kejriwal is also monitoring the work continuously for 24 hours. Those people whose houses have been burnt are being given immediate relief of Rs 25,000, according to the statement."The work is nearing completion and the victims will soon be given the declared compensation," it said. "The Delhi government has also set up relief camps across the North East Delhi. The government is providing monetary assistance along with other necessary items."A detailed list of victims is being prepared to provide the compensation announced by the chief minister. Victims are applying through the counter set up at the North East district magistrate office as well as through NGOs.Subhadra Mukherjee, a popular Bengali actor who had joined the BJP in 2013, resigned on Saturday, citing the Delhi violence, News18 reported.Mukherjee said, “I joined the BJP in 2013 as I was impressed with the party’s way of functioning. But in recent years, I have noticed that things are not going the right way. I felt that a sense of hatred and judging people by their religion is taking over the ideology of BJP. After giving several thoughts, I have decided to quit.”“Look what happened in Delhi. So many people were killed and so many houses were set on fire. The riot has divided the people. No one is taking any action against party leaders like Anurag Thakur and Kapil Mishra for hate speech. What is going on? The visuals of riot have shaken me completely. I thought I should not be in a party which is selective in taking action against its own party leaders,” she added.Fifteen people, including eight Aligarh Muslim University students, have been booked for allegedly instigating anti-CAA protests, police said on Monday, PTI reported. Police said that other than former AMU students' union vice-president Sajjad Rathar, those booked included students belonging to Kashmir.A case was registered against them at the Civil Lines police station on Sunday for instigating protests at the Jiwangarh bypass here, police said. "They have been booked under various sections of the IPC for delivering inflammatory speeches," Civil Lines Circle Officer Anil Samania said.Meanwhile, in view of upcoming festivals, notices were served on 752 people for their alleged links with last week's "disturbances" in the town.Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Monday visited riot-affected areas in northeast Delhi to take stock of the situation and interacted with locals, PTI reported.An official said the lieutenant governor, accompanied by senior police officials, visited Shiv Vihar, one of the worst hit areas, and Karawal Nagar area.The Delhi police has denied permission for a march from the Ramlila Maidan to the Parliament against the new citizenship law, officials said on Monday, as per PTI reports.The Young India Coordination Committee, which comprises members from various students' bodies, had given a call for the march on Tuesday.Police said the application for permission was submitted in New Delhi and Central police districts, and it was not granted.AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj, who chaired the first meeting of the Delhi Assembly's Peace and Harmony Committee, said, "we will soon issue a phone number and an e-mail ID, where people can file complaint against those spreading fake and hate messages. We will probe and send such complaints to law enforcement agencies," ANI reported.The Delhi Assembly had earlier announced the constitution of a 9-member 'Peace and Harmony Committee,' headed by Bhardwaj, and including MLAs Atishi and Raghav Chadha among the members.The first meeting was held today at 3 pm at Delhi Secretariat.The Delhi Police announced that in connection with rumour-mongering on 1st March, action has been initiated and cases have been registered under relevant sections, ANI reported.A total of 24 people, including 2 people from the Central district, 21 people from the North West district and 1 person from the Rohini district were arrested in connection with the rumour-mongering.Human rights activists on Monday denounced the central and Delhi governments alleging they failed to provide any medical or legal help to violence-affected people in North East Delhi.The activists, including Harsh Mander, Anjali Bhardwaj, Annie Raja and Harjit Singh Bhatti, also criticised India's poor healthcare system, saying "there's no hospital near the affected areas," PTI reported.The activists demanded that public representatives visit ground zero and meet the violence-hit people which is crucial for confidence building. Shelter and adequate relief be arranged for families who have been forced to leave their houses, they said."Round-the-clock medical camps are needed... single-window facilitation centres for official documents destroyed in arson needed," they said.The Delhi High Court asked the police on Monday to file a status report on measures taken by it for medical treatment and rehabilitation of violence-affected people in North East Delhi, PTI reported.A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar directed the Delhi Police to submit a report on the measures taken by them in compliance with the court's February 26 order by which certain directions were made for rehabilitation of victims.The court listed the matter for further hearing on April 30.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “We are announcing a compensation of Rs 1 crore for the family of Intelligence Bureau official Ankit Sharma and a member of their family will be given a job by the Delhi government.”Death toll in Delhi violence has increased to 47 (38 at Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, three at Lok Nayak Hospital, one at Jag Parvesh Chander Hospital and five at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital), reported ANI.West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, “We are sad and depressed, and condemn the incident that happened in Delhi. I think it's a planned genocide.”“In Delhi, BJP leaders who gave provocative slogans have not been arrested, but I got three of the BJP workers arrested (on charges of raising 'desh ke gaddaron ko...’ slogans in Kolkata) last night,” she added, reported ANI. We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.