Schools in violence-hit North East Delhi district to remain closed tomorrow, exams to be postponed
Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said on Monday all government and private school will be closed in areas affected by the violence, which broke out over the amended citizenship law in the Northeast district of the Capital.
“There will be no home examinations in schools tomorrow and all government and private schools will be closed in the violence-affected Northeast district of Delhi,” Manish Sisodia tweeted in Hindi.
“I have spoken to Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal regarding the board examinations that the exams should also be deferred in that district,” he added.
The Central Board of Secondary Education, which is holding the board exams, said there are no centres in northeast Delhi.
“# examtime: exams tomorrow only in western Delhi at 18 centres. No change in CBSE exams scheduled for tomorrow as there are no centres in rest of Delhi (sic),” the board tweeted.
Two people, including a head constable of Delhi Police, were killed and many injured in the clashes in pockets of northeast Delhi that broke out on Monday afternoon over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
Head constable Ratan Lal was killed and a young man, who was taken to the Guru Tegh Bahadur hospital, died of gunshot injuries sustained in Monday’s violence, which came hours ahead of US President Donald Trump’s visit to the national capital.
Several political leaders, including Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, the BJP’s Manoj Tiwari and Congress’ Rahul Gandhi, have appealed for peace.
Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal tweeted he had instructed Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik to restore law and order. Later in the evening, home secretary Ajay Bhalla told reporters that the situation had been brought under control.
Before Monday’s violence, a group supporting CAA had protested the blockade by those demonstrating against the law a kilometre away, setting off stone-throwing on Sunday.