NEW DELHI,25.02.20- Hon'ble Lt. Governor of Delhi, Shri Anil Baijal today addressed the First Session of 7th Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi at Old Secretariat.

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*Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal takes measures to stop violence in Delhi*

- Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal met the MLAs, and officials, and instructed the District Magistrate and SDM to carry out peace march.

- CM met the Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah and appealed to increase police force in the affected areas and give police powers to take necessary action

- Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia along with the MLAs conducted prayer for peace at Rajghat.

- CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal visited the injured police officers and people in the hospitals

- "Violence can solve nothing. The people of Delhi should maintain calm and peace", the Chief Minister urges.

Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal took a number of measures on Tuesday to stop the violence spreading in Delhi. Earlier in the morning, the Chief Minister held a meeting with the MLAs and senior officials at his residence and instructions were given to take all necessary steps to establish peace. In the afternoon, Shri Arvind Kejriwal attended a meeting with the Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah, the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Shri Anil Baijal, the Delhi Police Commissioner and leaders of all political parties. In the meeting with the Union Home Minister, Shri Arvind Kejriwal appealed to deploy additional forces in Delhi and allowing the police to take necessary action.

After this, the Chief Minister reached Rajghat with Deputy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia, all ministers and the MLAs and conducted prayer for peace in Delhi. Followed by this, CM and other ministers visited the injured police officers and people in various hospitals. He also instructed the hospital authorities to ensure best possible treatment for the victims.

Shri Arvind Kejriwal also visited the house of the martyred police officer in Burari during the violence. He paid tribute to the mortal remains of the police head constable and consoled the heartbroken family. The Chief Minister appealed the people of Delhi to join hands together to stop violence, saying that no one is going to benefit from violence and every issue will be resolved through peaceful negotiations.

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*Law and order situation worsening in Delhi, appeals to the people of Delhi to join hands and maintain peace - Arvind Kejriwal*

Immediately after the meeting with the MLAs and officials, Shri Arvind Kejriwal said in a press conference, "The violence that has erupted in the North-East Delhi since a few days is a matter of grave concern for all of us. I want to appeal to the people of Delhi, to maintain peace and harmony. All of the problems can be resolved with peaceful discourse on the matter. Violence is never the answer".

"We are saddened to hear that a head constable of the Delhi Police and a few civilians have lost their lives. Many have been injured in the clashes. They were our people, people of Delhi and people of the nation. They also had families. We have to realise that if the current clashes continue, they can affect others too. This situation is not in order. People’s houses and shops are burning, vehicles are burning, public property is being damaged. The loss is ours", he added.

"I met with the MLAs of the affected areas just a while back. Hospital authorities in the area have been alerted and instructions have been provided to them so that the injured people can get proper treatment. Fire department has been instructed to coordinate with the Police, so that they can reach the affected areas in time. All the MLAs are worried about the insufficient strength of the police personnel. Also, police officials are unable to act on the situation unless they get orders from the senior officials", said Shri Arvind Kejriwal.

"The MLAs of the border areas have also noted that miscreants are entering the borders in huge numbers. The borders need to be sealed and preventive arrests of the miscreants need to be made. I have also directed the SDMs of the areas to take out a peace march along with the local police officials. Peace committees at the local level must conduct meetings, inviting MLAs and members from all the religions and communities. The temples and mosques situated in the affected areas must also appeal to the people to maintain peace and calm. I have also requested the Hon’ble Chief Secretary to speak to the DCP to strengthen the police task force to control the situation of violence in Delhi", Shri Arvind Kejriwal added.

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*Shri Arvind Kejriwal met the Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah and requested to deploy more forces*

The Chief Minister attended a meeting with the Home Minister Lieutenant Governor, the represntatives of BJP, AAP and Congress and the Delhi Police Commissioner. Everybody decided to rise above party politics and work towards restoring peace in the city. All the authorities have assured them to strengthen their task force to bring the situation under control.

"If needed, the army will also be deployed in the violence-affected areas. But for now, various police officials have been injured in the clashes, 9 police personnel have been admitted to Max Hospital and 16 police personnel have been admitted to GTB Hospital. The authorities have assured us that they will strengthen the police force and deploy as many police personnel as needed. Everybody has decided to rise above their party politics and work towards reinstating peace in the city", said the Chief Minister after the meeting.

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*Chief Minister led prayer for peace at Rajghat with Deputy Chief Minister, other ministers and the MLAs*

As the violence continued on the third day in the North East district of Delhi, Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal led prayer for peace at Rajghat in the prsence of Deputy CM, other ministers and MLAs on Tuesday afternoon immediately after the address of the Lieutenant Governor in the Delhi Assembly.

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*Shri Arvind Kejriwal visited the injured police officers and people in hospitals*

Followed by the prayer for peace at Rajghat, Chief Minister along with the Deputy Chief Minister visited the injured victims of violence admitted in GTB and Max Hositals. "I met the people who got injured in the violence, including those who had bullet injuries. I have instructed that special care be given for the injured, more beds arranged and more doctors roped in and all possible measures are taken to save the lives of the victims. Treating the injured is not an issue", the Chief Minister said at GTB hospital.

"We are extremely anguished at how and when the violence can be stopped. I appeal all the people of Delhi to maintain peace as violence can't bring any solution. No one benefits out of it. People from both the parties are killed and injured. This mad violence should be stopped immediately. Everyone should work for peace. I met the Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah with MLAs and he assured that if required additional forces will be sent to Delhi Police to contain the violence. I am continuously tracking the developments and if required I'll talk to the concerned authorities immediately", Shri Arvind Kejriwal added.

After meeting the injured at Max Hospital, Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal said "I met many police officers who were injured in the violence. There was a DCP, an ACP and two policemen among them. The DCP got severely injured and he had to undergo a brain surgery. These police personnel bravely got into the action risking their life to protect the lives and properties of the people. In the violence, Hindus are dying, Muslims are dying and Policemen are dying. Many civilians get injured. Who benefits out of this violence? No one. This violent conflict should end".

Later, the Chief Minister tweeted "Met with victims of violence being treated at the GTB Hospital and Max Hospital. Hindus, Muslims, policemen - none have escaped unhurt.. this madness must end immediately".